How Can You Get Back To Nature Without Going Outside?
“You can change the world and change your community by growing your own food and becoming sustainable,” said Moving Art filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg in a recent interview.
“You can grow tomatoes on your back porch. You don’t have to grow them far away, have them sprayed, and travel on a truck. You don’t have to use all this fuel and create all this pollution for you to have a tomato on your sandwich.”
Author Elizabeth Millard lived in a two-bedroom bungalow in a big city and had her doubts about growing her own food. Then she tried indoor vegetable growing and had an amazing revelation. It’s not that hard to learn how to grow food indoors!
“The experience went against everything I believed for most of my life: that indoor vegetable growing was for experts who possessed deeply green thumbs, and that anything edible raised inside a house has to be in some grown extensive, costly system,” she wrote in her book, Indoor Kitchen Gardening.
“I didn’t have an expansive kitchen with tons of natural light, or a finished basement with space for rows upon rows of grow lights. Fortunately, through several seasons of indoor growing, I came to see that there are plenty of options when it comes to in-home ‘farming.”
Indoor Gardening for Beginners
Not everyone wants to manage an entire garden. Some people don’t have access to a large plot of land, and other people simply prefer to focus on smaller projects. Elizabeth Millard’s book, Indoor Kitchen Gardening, is the perfect solution for anyone ready to grow their own food indoors.
Millard is eager to show you how to microgreens, sprouts, herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, and more from inside your home. Originally published in 2014, the book is getting re-released due to growing interest in home gardening.
Millard is a sustainable farmer with a history of growing small things in usual spaces, like a “crop of microgreens on the passenger-side floor mat” of her car. She is especially determined to show people that you can create an indoor garden with almost no special equipment. It’s all about experimentation.
Growing food indoors is not only a great way to access high-nutrient food at a low cost, but it’s a great solution to intense environments with fluctuating temperatures and weather conditions. A pot of basil kept indoors with good lighting can last all year round, for instance, whereas if it was planted outside it would wither away and freeze in the winter.
To get started, you’ll need a source of airflow (a cheap fan from the hardware store will do). Next, you’ll need to control the humidity a bit (you can do this with the right soil mix, or simply mist your plants frequently). Most importantly, you need to figure out how to provide light to your plants. Consistent fluorescent lighting can help supplement natural light if you don’t have any south-facing windows.
Now pick up some seeds, grab Indoor Kitchen Gardening, and you’ll be chomping in microgreens in no time.