It may be surprising to hear that even many people with a backyard or other area that might work perfectly well for traditional gardening choose to grow their plants indoors instead. Indoor growing is not just appealing to those who may live in section of the world that is too cold to garden outdoors, it has lots of benefits to those who want to grow healthier plants year round. Here are a few reasons why people the world over are ditching traditional gardening for indoor growing.
Less Work – When you grow a garden in soil, you might wind up growing more plants than you expect. Weeds are a common presence in outdoor gardens, sucking up valuable moisture and nutrients from your plants. The only way to deal with weeds without damaging you plants is through old-fashioned weed pulling. The soil environment also contains a lot harmful bacteria that can make growing your vegetables more of a challenge. Since indoor growing with hydroponics uses no soil, it means we do not have to deal with weeding or many of these harmful bacteria. Soilless growing also means that there is no soil to prepare before planting, which means no tilling.
Superior Plants – In an indoor hydroponic system, the grower has one hundred percent control over every aspect of the lighting, moisture, and nutrients. This means, if the adjustments are made properly, that the plants get exactly what they need at every given moment. For the indoor grower, this means healthier plants, bigger yields, and tastier vegetables. If you grow vegetables, they will also taste better because you can allow them to ripen on the vine. Store bought vegetables are picked long before they are ready to eat, which means they lose out on a lot of the nutrients can give them better flavor and texture.
Can be Done Anytime – Even if you happen to live somewhere where you can grow plants in your backyard, you are usually only able to grow seasonally. So, for example, if you enjoy the taste of fresh picked tomatoes, you could only eat them from your garden in late summer and fall, if you grew them in the traditional way. With indoor growing, you can continuously grow tomatoes year round. Outdoor grow systems expose your vegetables to the elements, which are only favorable a few months out of the year. Your home, which is usually very well insulated, can help maintain the perfect environment for growing your vegetables.
Fewer Pests – While anytime that you are growing vegetables, there is always a risk of a bug infestation, it is much less of a concern in an indoor growing system. There is less of a chance that a bug would be able to invade your home and grow room, provided you put a fine mesh screen on any openings and follow common sense sanitary procedures. This doesn’t just mean fewer problems for a gardener to deal with, it also means that there is less need for pesticides, which in turn means you can enjoy your foods without pesticides. Pesticides aren’t just an added expense, they also are an added toxin that you may not be able to completely wash off of your vegetables when you harvest them.