Here is a simple method of creating your very own indoor garden bed. I call it “Seed Boll” for small flowerbeds. When learning how to create your own indoor garden bed using small flowers, please keep in mind that all seeds need sunlight, water and soil to germinate and bloom. Also please remember the seed activity was done in the fourth grade school and the fourth graders performed the same gourd seeds activity.
The key to this particular gardening project was to mimic growing herbs indoors. Each plant had a specific color that corresponded to its herb family. So, starting with a full row of red pepper (RSVP), I planted our favorite plants from our kitchen window. I made three small planter boxes out of old CD cases and lined them up in a triangular shape as my starting point for the indoor garden bed.
The next step in this article series will focus on the first of the three planters that I built. The first planter I built is for a combination of strawberries and gourds. I used my favorite plants from my kitchen window along with red pepper, gourds, carrots, cilantro, lettuce and basil. Please see the last two articles in this series for more information on how I planned to incorporate the additional flowers, fruits and vegetables into the herb garden bed.
This gardening activity began two days before I moved into my new apartment. It occurred to me while driving down a nearby road that I could create a small stream or pond for the purpose of water harvesting, plowing and other garden related activities. After digging a hole reducing one foot to one foot in depth, I filled the bottom of the hole with a few inches of loose soil and layered in half inch of topsoil and compost to hold the plants in place. Within a day, I had built my first planter using my garden bed planter technique.
In this second article series, I will cover the third planter I built. This planter is for a mix of perennial herbs and vegetables. I started this gardening project with my desire to build an indoor garden bed using primarily annual herbs and vegetables. I was able to accomplish my goals of an indoor garden bed by combining the use of long lasting perennial plants with short lived annuals plants. This gardening activity became even more enjoyable when I added a couple of garden benches in my landscaping area.
This process has taught me that planting large and small plants in the same container is one of the many indoor gardening ideas that are not well thought out. When planning these types of gardens, I suggest you plan out your garden using both long and short term goals. The biggest error that I see with people that just start planting and plant everything is that they do not take into consideration the eventual size of their home when planting. Building a small planter that is able to support the needs of a family is a much better way to achieve the desired results than starting a large project that is very time consuming.