An Early Blossom

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By Jaylynn McClendon

 

As the snow starts to melt, thoughts of a blossoming summer garden can arise. A ripe tomato just tastes better when you grow it yourself, but when you don’t start planting your seeds until the weather breaks, you don’t get to reap the benefits until much later in the season. Taking advantage of the months in between by gardening indoors can provide the head start needed to get the most out of your summer harvest.

Unlike outdoor gardening, planting indoors requires a bit more work to mimic the environment plants do best in, but it also gives you more control.

Some perks of indoor gardening include:

  • Being in control of the temperature: Certain plants require specific temperatures in order to grow. Being in control of that allows you to not be limited by the climate outdoors or the seasons.
  • The absence of predators: Many bugs and animals won’t be able to reach your plants inside, so there will be no rabbits or squirrels getting a taste before you. (Unless your cat gets hungry.)
  • Knowing where your food comes from: Growing your own produce in a controlled environment means no pesticides or chemicals used unless you choose to do so.
  • A head start: Many plants require a longer growing time than the season allows. An early start is helpful so that when the weather breaks, you’re ready to transfer to an outside garden and reap the benefits sooner.

Getting into indoor gardening isn’t as complicated as it might seem. When it comes to your plant’s indoor home, anything from clay pots to old yogurt containers can work. Soil can be purchased from the store, and the time and effort put into it are up to you. There are also websites that can walk you through the whole process from setting up to digging in.

Soon, when the weather is nice on a more consistent basis, your plants will have the head start needed to be placed outside and thrive during the summer months. As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm, or in this case, the most impressive garden.◆

 

JayLynn McClendon

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