Author, Kim Roman, presents a comprehensive guide to growing edible plants indoors in this easy to understand, well-organized book. Limited space and resources do not have to prevent most people from growing at least some food year round. Even warm weather crops like tomatoes, peppers, and tender herbs can be grown indoors if the proper conditions are provided and Roman offers several different methods for achieving success.
The author begins by presenting the personal success stories of people who have their own indoor food gardens. The people come from Georgia (US), and Alberta (Canada) to Leicestershire (UK) and Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Crops include beans, eggplants, cucumbers, strawberries, oregano, carrots, and mushrooms, to name a few. The indoor gardeners share their goals, essential equipment, and tips for success. Accompanied by photographs of the indoor gardens, these case studies provide inspiration and wet the appetite for an indoor food garden.
After explaining the advantages of indoor gardening, the author goes on to lay out the steps for establishing one and includes discussions on budgeting, site preparation, and providing proper light, temperature, humidity, air circulation, warmth, nutrients and soil. One section of the book is devoted to the most popular indoor gardening methods, including container gardening, hydroponics, and vertical wall gardens.
One of the most helpful sections of the book is the chapter on choosing the right plants for indoor gardening. The author discusses the importance of growing requirements, days to maturity, and eventual use, and provides a chart of edible plants with information about best growing methods, light, water, temperature, and fertilizer requirements, method of pollination if needed, and tips for success including cultivar recommendations. Further discussions on the most popular vegetables, fruits, and herbs add more in depth information.
The final chapters dealing with starting seeds, caring for seedlings and plants, and control of weeds, pests and diseases, complete the guide by providing the the nuts and bolts of basic gardening. How to Garden Indoors & Grow Your Own Food Year Round, is written in a clear, concise, and easy to understand style, and contains a wealth of knowledge and practical tips on growing indoor gardening . It opens up the possibility of growing edible plants year round to many readers regardless of where they live or how much space they have. A great resource!
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