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You go to the supermarket or a local store to buy vegetables and you get baffled when you discover that the fruits and vegetables that you are buying are sourced from the other side of the ocean. Yeah, sometimes, the vegetable travel across more than one continent to reach your kitchen.

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Now is it possible to make it a domestic affair? Of course, it is possible; guess what! We can even make it a family affair. Hang on! I am talking about indoor organic farming. Yeah, you can grow vegetables at home and harvest healthy vegetables without using any chemicals. The below mentioned are a few tips on indoor organic gardening.

        Finding the Right Plant: First, you need to select the vegetables that are likely to grow in indoor conditions; you cannot just plant any seed and expect it to grow; plants like avocado, garlic greens and mushrooms should be ideal plants to grow; you can find plants according to your geographical location and the environmental condition.

        Pots and Containers: The pants need draining soil to grow, that means you have to use pots with a hole at the bottom or you can simply put stones at the bottom of the pot so that the water drains out. Make sure that you use a shallow drainage container to prevent water draining out onto the floor or the windowsills.

        Soil: You will have to buy the pot-mix from the garden store; I would suggest making your own mix if possible. In fact, different plants grow in different soil conditions; therefore, create the right mix.

        Light: The plants will grow faster where they receive sunlight and remain warm throughout; hence, make sure that you place the pants at the sunny windows; if you do not have such place or you find that the temperature is not adequate then use lighting.

You can use the general home lighting system by using reflectors, but it is advisable to buy grow lights that are specifically designed for indoor gardening and they maintain the optimal temperature throughout the day. Note: the indoor plants need 14 hours of lighting; so, maintain the lighting time.

        Water: Water is the most important aspect even at the indoor conditions; you need to water the plant at the right time; it is advisable that you plant the water before the next light cycle begins; so, keep a automated watering system that does the job or you can do it yourself if you do not want to invest money in the watering system.

        Pest Control: A lot of people grow organic gardens and feel great about it until they encounter pests that cause devastating disease, and then the whole idea of organic farming goes for a toss and the chemical pesticides are called in. Wow, that is the end of the organic glory, let’s get back to the old.

In fact; all pests can be controlled by using organic pesticides; over the years isolated plant extracts have proved to be effective pest controllers. You can also use clove, garlic, and cayenne pepper extracts as insecticides. With a little online research, you can also make your own effective organic pesticides.

        It is also important to keep a healthy population of beneficial insects in the indoor garden. Note; only 2% of the insects in the world are harmful and rest others are beneficial.

        It is imperative to rotate the crop each season to reduce the diseases and pest problems; it will also help you in maintaining the soil’s nutrient factor.

        If the growing session is longer, then make sure that you use more compost and organic matters on the soil. If you garden outside you can use spreaders or dump trucks to provide organic fertilizers.

You should keep a container under the kitchen sink to make the kitchen scraps turn into compost; if you are a beginner, then make sure that you start with a small garden because, in the beginning, you might not able to handle the complexities of the gardening. So, keep it simple.

It is advisable to understand the proper procedures of harvesting because different plants need different kinds of care; so, carry out your research, involve your family members in the harvesting process; it could be an entertaining and creative affair. So, ensure that you put a little passion.

Read extensively about organic farming, watch YouTube Videos and learn from the people who have already grown an indoor garden. It is important that you take the whole gardening seriously because a slight carelessness can spoil your effort.

Finally, it is time to adapt to the natural harvesting process; the excessive use of chemicals and pesticides are not healthy. So, growing an organic garden is not only beneficial for your health but also it helps you in creating a sustainable world. Of course, only responsible humans can take this step and succeed, happy gardening.

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