For most areas, winter marks a time where growing vegetables is an activity that’s pretty few and far between. If you live in an area with harsh winter conditions, growing vegetables outside is nearly impossible. That’s where an indoor garden can come in. However, even that is a challenge that most people have a hard time meeting. That’s mainly due to the room that indoor gardens require. One solution is to create an upside-down hanging garden, which requires far less space. Here’s how to do it.
The first step in starting your hanging indoor garden is to find an appropriate location within your home. You’ll want to choose a spot using the same criteria you would in picking an outdoor garden location. Find a room that gets plenty of sunshine, because natural light will be far easier to use than setting up artificial growing lights. You’ll need someplace with enough supports in the ceiling to handle the heavy duty hooks you’ll be installing and the weight of the hanging plants. You’ll also want to make sure the floor below your plants is open enough that you can put buckets or trays to collect the water that will drip through your plants when watering.
Next, you’ll need to prepare your containers for the plants. Drill holes in the bottom of the containers so that the plants can grow through. Also, you’ll need to put a piece of cardboard or fabric at the bottom of the plant and cut a slit in it so that you can push the plants through. The cardboard or fabric will help to anchor the plant in the bottom of the container. Push your plant through the anchor and container you’ve set up, hang the container, and then fill it with potting soil mixed with some compost.
You can grow almost any vegetable upside down, but here are some of the easiest.
- Cherry tomatoes. You can grow just about any tomato you want, but the smaller cherry tomatoes are the easiest to take care of indoors.
- Any kind of pepper is pretty easily grown in an upside-down planter.
- Bush and pole beans both do well indoors.
- Choose a smaller variety of cucumber for the best results
- Strawberries are easily grown inside.