The winter may soon be over in a technical sense, but as has anyone living in the United Kingdom will know, this doesn’t necessarily mean that we will be seeing the back of the bad weather any time soon. As such, it’s still the perfect time to take on board a few essential winter gardening tips from the country’s leading indoor growers.
Be sure to take heed of the following and chances are your crop will be in fine form when the spring really does set in:
1 – Chart Natural Light
First of all, things are changing pretty much by the day at the moment which means you need to keep a close eye on natural light. This basically means charting which areas of your indoor growing spaces attract the most light and at what times during the day, in order to make the very most of the winter sun.
2 – Step Up Lighting
That being said however, there will always be plenty of instances when and where you really have little choice other than to step up your efforts with artificial lighting. This could mean upgrading both the quality and the intensity of the light provided, in order to sustain things until the springtime sunshine starts doing its thing.
3 – Temperature Control
One of the biggest challenges of all when it comes to indoor gardening in the winter is maintaining a constant temperature at the ideal level. This can be challenging at the best of times, but it’s during the winter that most rooms of the home are prone to excessive and sudden changes in temperature on a fairly regular basis. Be extremely careful about both the positioning of your plants and how to minimise temperature fluctuations.
4 - Good Ventilation
Opening your windows probably won’t be a realistic option for some time (see above), but you still need to ensure that you are being proactive and thoughtful when it comes to ventilation. This can be as simple as strategically installing a couple of free standing fans here and there, so it needn’t be difficult.
5 – Appropriate Humidity
During the winter months, on-going use of central heating systems and other heating sources around the home can lead to the air becoming excessively dry. As such, it is of the utmost importance to maintain full control over humidity levels, measuring, monitoring and managing ambient humidity accordingly.
6 – Acclimatisation
When the time draws near to begin transplanting your plants to the great outdoors, you might want to think about first acclimatising them to the conditions of the outdoors to at least a moderate extent. This means adjusting the light, the temperature and humidity slowly but surely to the standards you would expect outdoors. This way, you minimise the likelihood of ‘shocking’ your plants into an early grave.
7 – Pick the Right Plants
Last but not least, if you are planning to begin any kind of indoor winter gardening venture from scratch, try to remember that it simply makes sense to ensure you pick the right plants in the first place. There are certain plants – herbs being some of the best examples – that are much easier to grow than others and will not drop dead before your eyes if you make the slightest mistake.