Get Growing Indoors
Gardening can be a rewarding hobby, but digging in the dirt also comes with a slew of disadvantages. Outdoor gardening is messy, unpredictable, and can only be done during a set time of year. Once the weather turns, it’s time to pack things up and wait patiently for the next growing season. With the help of these brilliant indoor gardening products, you can keep cultivating a green thumb all year long.
Countertop Hydroponic Garden
Many gardeners rely on supermarket greens to replace the harvests lost to freezing weather during the winter months. With the help of an indoor hydroponic garden, it’s possible to grow plenty of greens to satisfy a persistent craving for fresh food. The AeroGarden is a popular countertop model that allows you to grow up to six plants at once. Its front-facing control panel lights up when it’s time to water and feed plants. An automatic timer ensures plants have all the artificial light they need to grow big and happy. Available on Amazon.
Smart Soil Tester
This smart soil tester not only checks soil for stats like moisture levels and fertility, but can also provide actionable insights on what to do if levels are out of whack. Open up the iOS app and get a variety of other metrics like light and temperature levels. Available on Amazon.
LED Grow Light
A plant without enough light won’t achieve its full potential. In the case of edibles, a plant without enough sun exposure may not produce any flowers, and subsequently, fruit. A powerful LED grow light can provide intense light that mimics outdoor sunlight. This high-tech light from Mars Hydro is energy-efficient and dimmable, too. Available on Amazon.
Potted houseplants don’t have the same access to nutrients as plants grown in outdoor plots. Most potted plants quickly run out of food, especially during periods of active growth. This specially formulated fertilizer works for popular houseplants, including pothos, spider plants, hostas, orchids, snake plants, and cacti. Available on Amazon.
Temperature and Humidity Monitor
Some houseplants are sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity. Tropical plants, for instance, are native to high-humidity environments. Keeping tabs on humidity and ensuring levels meet plants’ needs will turn dry, wilted plants into happy ones. An Acurite digital hygrometer measures humidity levels and lets users know if they’re low, satisfactory, or high. Available on Amazon.
No-Leak Watering Can
Watering is perhaps the most essential task for any gardener. Even drought-tolerant plants eventually need a drop of water to survive. However, a watering can with too big a spout can encourage overwatering. This option from MyLifeUNIT is durable and features a slim nozzle to ensure plants get just the right amount of water, and there are no leaks during the process. Available on Amazon.
Overwatering is a common gardening mistake, but so is forgetting to water altogether. Get it right with the help of a self-watering planter like this Bloem model. It’s available in multiple colors and sizes. Drainage holes help prevent waterlogging, and a saucer catches water so it doesn’t dribble onto the floor. A durable, UV-stabilized construction makes it sturdy enough for indoor and outdoor use. It’s a solid choice for potting up citrus plants that live outside for part of the year. Available on Amazon.
Indoor gardening means Mother Nature can’t help when you forget to water your plants. Here’s another self-watering option with a deep reservoir that holds up to 2 weeks worth of water. The pot’s legs keep roots elevated, so there’s no risk of root rot. Slats at the bottom of the pot provide plenty of air for healthy root production. Available on Amazon.
Growing food indoors is gratifying, and it can help you save on your next grocery bill. This tower from Gardyn connects to WiFi and has enough room for up to 300 plants, depending on the selected model. Its hydroponic technology prevents water waste, and automatic lights keep plants growing tall. Available from Gardyn.
Inexpensive Soil Meter
This diminutive, low-cost soil meter is a staple in many gardener toolkits. It provides pH, moisture, and light readings. The pH sensor can alert users to abnormalities relating to fertility. The moisture meter keeps tabs on soil water levels. And the light sensor accurately reads light levels, which can help you find the perfect spot for a new houseplant. Available on Amazon.
Easy-to-Apply Plant Food
Shake N’ Feed fertilizer from Miracle-Gro is easy to use and requires no fiddly measuring. It’s safe to use on indoor plants, both ornamental and edible. The large container of plant food can cover up to 180 square-feet; plenty of nutrients for a house full of plant life. It also requires no mixing with liquids, so it’s a solid choice for feeding water-sensitive plants like succulents. Available on Amazon.
Powerful Grow Light
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