Indoor Gardening Basics
Indoor gardening is a fantastic way to grow food year round. When the temperature cools, your Patches can come inside and your plants will survive the typical no-grow months of the year.
Herbs, particularly herbs like mint, are excellent for indoor growing as they will tolerate indoor temperatures, produce yields in low-lighting, and are an excellent garnish to flavourings those comfort food winter meals! (Not to mention Mojitos!)
With Patch indoor gardening is easier than traditional gardening—after all Patches water themselves!
It’s important to consider that in the fall light levels start to decrease, particularly in Vancouver. Please make sure that your Patch gets between 4 – 6 hours of direct sun/sky light for your plants to be happy. Note that the best place is a south facing windowsill or beside a south facing balcony door.
A high quality organic potting soil is important to maintain healthy plants, but it’s not all that you need to fill your Patch. Your plants need a variety of nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Most bagged, organic potting mixes from the nursery have adequate amounts of these nutrients. Patches are really great at keeping plants moist, so it’s important to consider the components of the soil. We recommend adding moisture wicking elements to the soil, such as vermiculite or perlite. These two things will help your Patch’s soil quality and moisture wicking properties. When purchasing bagged soil, please ensure that you specifically look for an organic potting mix.
**Note: It’s not a bad idea to use an organic fertilizer in your Patches throughout their life cycle to ensure they stay healthy and well fed. Adding a liquid fertilizer to the water reservoir is an easy way to feed your plants.
WHAT TO GROW
- MINT [family – all varieties]
Lettuces and leafy greens also grow well in Patch planters. Try spinach, kale, mustard greens, lettuces, arugula and more!
**Rosemary and sage enjoy dry soil conditions and are not suited for Patches. (But hey! give it a go. Don't say we didn't warn you!)