Herb Indoor Garden

An indoor herb garden can be an extremely rewarding and convenient way of growing delicious herbs. Having an indoor herb garden is hassle-free with little maintenance and will continuously provide you with herbs as well as fill your house with the sweet smell of fresh herbs.
In order to start a successful indoor herb garden, buy your seeds from your local greenhouse or wherever you normally buy your herbs. Make sure you check the expiration date, package damage, etc.. It is also a good idea to buy extras seeds as they are very inexpensive and, more often than not, come in handy in the future when you decide to grow more herbs.
Here is a quick list of the more popular herbs which are commonly grown indoors:
• Mint
• Rosemary
• Chamomile
• Basil
• Oregano
• Lavender
• Lemongrass
• Chives
• Parsley

Herbs are very easy to grow and only require very little effort in maintaining them. Growing herbs indoors under the right conditions (i.e. with proper lighting, air circulation, and preferably in a hydroponic system), they will grow without any assistance at all. Most herbs have a reputation of surviving the most strenuous conditions that even the toughest plants cannot survive. But all of this does not suggest that you can completely leave them alone altogether. Growing herbs doesn’t require nutrients or fertilizers but they do require a watering schedule and sometimes a loving touch. Give your herbs those things and you can be sure to get successful yields throughout the year.
With hydroponics becoming more and more popular for indoor gardens, this is by far the best way to grow your herbs indoors. The growth rate is significantly faster than growing in soil never mind the mess and hassle which soil creates when growing indoors. Studies have shown that growing with a hydroponic system increases the size and yield up to 60% and, in some, cases more. Another big benefit of planting your herbs in a hydroponic system is that the plants will have far less problems with pests, fungus and diseases, leading a more healthy and vigorous growth.

Here are some advantages of growing an indoor herb garden:

• Easily accessible and convenient for picking herbs as needed
• Can be grown all year around
• No more outdoor pests, mold or fungus
• The herbs produce oxygen making the air in your home cleaner and healthier
• Plants are protected from weather damage
• No need for weeding or constant caring as is required with outdoor growing

Another huge advantage of growing your own herbs in your indoor garden is that home-grown herbs are always better tasting than store bought ones and, in most cases, far healthier. This is because growing your own herbs indoors does not require you to use any chemical or pesticides. The only thing required for a successful herb garden is water, light and a little love and attention. Having these alone will ensure a healthy and abundant herb garden every day out the year.

Find the Best Hydroponic Supplies

If you want to find the best hydroponic supplies, then the first thing you will need to do is educate yourself on exactly what you need. The most important and essential supplies are nutrients, growing medium, and pest control products. There are a number of little odds and ends as well, but these are the most important hydroponic supplies needed.

Nutrients
Because soil is not present within a hydroponics system, nutrient solutions are required to provide what the plants would normally have in a soil-based system. Nutrients come in a wide range of products such as organic, non-organic, sea-based plant food and many more. Hydroponic nutrients are specifically designed to give the plant exactly what it needs to grow to its full potential – no more and no less. There are nutrients available for the many different stages of plant life and a secondary nutrient can be given in conjunction with your regular nutrient. Secondary nutrients include grow big nutrients, bloom enhancer nutrients and so on. When growing with hydroponics, you always want to have at least one kind of nutrient for the vegetative stage and another for the flowering stage of plant life. I would recommend that you thoroughly understand the nature of any supplemental nutrients you wish to use before applying. Mixing the wrong kind of nutrients together or using the wrong amount could devastate the plants which you have worked so hard to grow.

Growing Medium
This is what your plants are going to be growing in, and it is always a good idea to keep extra on hand. Growth mediums come in so many varieties that you find it hard to decide which one is right for you. Personally, I would recommend getting the medium which is most recommended for your specific system. However, don’t worry that you have to stick to just one kind of medium – it is actually quite common for hydroponic growers to have multiple growing mediums on hand. Here are some of the most popular growing mediums available:
• Rockwool
• Perlite
• Expandable clay pellets
• Oasis cubes
• Vermiculite
• Sand
• Sphagnum moss
• Coconut fiber

Pest Control
Even when growing through hydroponics, and not having any soil present, you could still end up with a bit of a pest problem within a hydroponic garden. The most effective type of store-bought pest control products are foliar sprays. There are also organic sprays available as well as non-organic ones. Going organic is never a bad idea and organic sprays work just as well as the sprays containing chemicals. You can buy these pest control produces at any garden store or online. This hydroponic supply should always be in anyone’s indoor garden, even if you’ve never had a pest problem, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

There is also a solution for widespread infestation if sprays don’t work which requires “bombing” the grow room. This actually fumigates the entire room. Bombing a room is ONLY recommended when all other options and hydroponic supplies have been exhausted.

There are a number of products which can be called hydroponic supplies, but the ones listed here are among the most critical and should be sought after first and foremost.

Build a Grow Box for Germination

A germination grow box is a good idea for anyone growing with hydroponics, or anyone growing indoors, for that matter. When growing with hydroponics, it is much easier and you will have far more success if your plants are properly germinated and then transplanted into the desired hydroponic setup. A germination box is essentially an enclosed system which allows for increased humidity. This is always paramount for seeds to germinate and develop into seedlings. It provides a healthy start for roots.
Here we have an easy guide showing you how to make a simple germination grow box.

Materials
– 18 to 25-gallon tote container with lid
– Four T5 fluorescent bulbs (with housing unit)
– Two 6”fans (computer fans work great)
– 3” or 4” deep propagation tray
– Rockwool cubes
– Thermostat
– Hydrometer
– Zip ties (large and small)
– Screws for mounting lighting
– Drill
– Flat white paint
– Box cutter
– Marker
– Ruler or tape measure

Construction
1. With your materials ready, it’s time to start construction. Start by laying the lid on the floor and placing the fluorescent lighting unit in the middle of the lid, on the inside.
2. Using screws, secure the lighting to the inside of the lid. Make sure that it is well secured.
3. Take a box cutter and cut a small ½” – 1” hole in the side of the lid to be used for any power cords.
4. Measure the fans and, using those measurements, outline the diameter of the fans on the tote container – one on the lid and another centered on one of the sides.
5. Take your box cutter and cut the outline out, carefully. When this is done, place a fan in the hole and make sure it fits nice and snug and then remove – we will install the fans later.
6. Once the fan holes are complete, you can start applying the paint. Paint the entire inside of the container, and let it dry completely before continuing.
7. Install both fans in the holes you just made. The fan on the lid should be blowing outwards, and the other inwards – this needs to be correct for your system to work correctly.
8. Make two very small holes on either side of the fans and, using some zip ties, tightly secure the fans in place as an extra precaution for the fans’ stability.
9. In order to install your thermometer and hydrometer to the grow box make a place for both of them, preferably together on one of the far sides. Make two small holes for each instrument for the zip ties which will be used to secure them in place.
10. Now place your thermometer and hydrometer in the middle of the holes and secure.
11. Place your rockwool cubes inside of the propagation tray and place the tray into the bottom of the grow box.

That’s it – you’re done! All you really have to do now is plant some seeds or cuttings into the cubes and water the tray regularly. This is a very effective germination grow box and no hydroponic grower should go without one.