And everything in it is all up to you. Be sure that you realize how vital your role in the indoor garden really is, because your crop failure or success is most definitely your responsibility. Every indoor grower, be it potted house plants, hydroponic gardeners or aquaponic farmers step into the dual role of the dude with the food and Mother Nature from day one. Whether the outcome is sensational or downright ugly, you have no one to blame but yourself.

Air quality, air movement, cooling, heating, moisture, nutrition, circulation, nighttime, daytime, plant health, pest control and the presence of ample water are all part of this environment you’ve created. It is critical that you monitor, maintain and moderate these things without fail from the moment you start seeds or cuttings to harvest day. If one thing is off, it weakens your plants and invites disease and decline to set in. In such a small world, the effects can ¬†go from symptom to death or destruction in a very short time.

Understanding how humidity and air flow, moisture and plant health and many other parts of the environment in your growing space are attributable to each other is a crucial part of indoor gardening. This is why many who are involved in hydroponics and aquaponics elect to use a grow tent or devote and entire room to their endeavors. It makes a successful harvest that much easier to accomplish. The introduction of multiple growing chambers is also necessary if you are going to grow a wide variety of plant types at once. It allows tight control of each group’s environmental requirements.

Environmental Control: Key To Indoor GardensSo, if you’ve been wondering if all these different types of gadgets and equipment are really necessary or just cool, the answer to your question is… Yes! If they weren’t needed, no one would have bothered to invent them. Each of them is someone’s solution to overcoming an issue, the means of which have become improved over time and with the growth of knowledge and technology. However, armed with the right tools and information, anyone can be highly successful at growing food and flowers, no matter where they live.

The basic components of a place that your plants will thrive and prosper all exist in the outdoor world too. Some of the things you learned in biology and science classes in school will definitely help you to understand how things need to work in your indoor garden.

Look at how the weather in any given growing season can adversely affect farm and vegetable crops, along with influencing the cost of many things we buy. Untimely frost can wipe out the orange harvest. Drought can destroy millions of acres of corn and grain, but not as rapidly as floods.

Chemicals in the food supply bring many to take up an interest in indoor gardens and hydroponics. The whole purpose for farmers to apply chemicals is their effort to ensure an ample harvest and long shelf life, because their livelihood depends upon it. The thing is, that they have no control over Mother Nature, other entities’ damage to their environment, wildlife or the weather.

You, an indoor gardener have everything available you need to do exactly that. So, don’t be put off if it sounds a bit complicated. Like anything new, you just need to study the process and each crop’s needs, then connect the equipment and tools available that will make a highly successful harvest a reality. The result is a bumper crop, multiple times a year, in a fraction of the space needed for doing so in the soil outdoors.

 

 

Tammy Clayton

Tammy Clayton

Content crafter and Senior Editor at Garden Culture Magazine
Tammy has been immersed in the world of plants and growing since her first job as an assistant weeder at the tender age of 8. Heavily influenced by a former life as a landscape designer and nursery owner, she swears good looking plants follow her home. (Some feel she's got a perennial obsession, others say the problem is tomato plants.)

If you don't find her at the desk - check the gardens. When not writing and weeding, she enjoys a good book, painting junk furniture, and blending the harvest of heirloom tomatoes and chiles into salsas.
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