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Gardening is a lot of fun, especially if you grow your own foods or spices! If you don’t have enough outdoor space for a garden, you can transform your garage into the perfect garden and keep using your green thumb all year long with the right prep work.
Why Grow in Your Garage?
Simply put, your garage is a controlled environment and can work as a warm space for your plants or crops, even in the middle of winter! Many people have excess space in their garages, especially if they park their cars outside.
With a little bit of tinkering in preparation, even basic garages can function as beautiful gardens with enough space to grow anything you can imagine. Also, by renovating your garage, it’s even possible to boost your home’s value.
Good Plants for Garage Gardening
First, be sure that you choose plants that can survive or even thrive in a garage environment. The best plants for overwintering in your garage will have very bulbous roots, which can store moisture and nutrients. These include cannas, dahlias, amaryllis, and more. Of course, so long as you have enough pots and fresh soil, you can plant anything you like. Just make sure you have room for all your planned plants!
Setting up the Space
Next, prep your garage garden’s space by:
Cleaning up any hazardous materials or chemicals
Sealing the garage against accidental entry (so someone can’t accidentally open the garage door)
Placing pots and/or soil carefully so you have room to maneuver between your plants Ensuring Adequate Light
Your plants will need plenty of light to survive, even if your garage has big windows, to begin with. Generally, it’s a good idea to invest in sunlight lamps specifically designed for indoor gardening. You may need to purchase several of these (and large variants of those lamps) to maximize your plants’ health. Station the lights at equidistant spaces from one another. Some of the best lamps will come with automatic timers so they shut off at night and don’t unnecessarily add to your electricity bill.
Tempering the Temperature
Your garage garden’s temperature is also important. After all, many common gardening plants or crops require specific temperature ranges to be healthy.
To temper your garage’s temperature:
Install a separate thermostat so you can control the temperature of your garage separately from your home
Contact window repair services if your windows are not properly sealed and are letting in hot or cold air. Just be sure to evaluate any window repair company online by reading the reviews from prior customers. To find the best home window repair services, ask for referrals and make sure any company is insured before signing on the dotted line. Additionally, keep in mind that the total cost of window repair will depend on the type of repair and what windows you need
Invest in localized cooling and heating technologies, like space heaters or fans
Consider using plastic to create a greenhouse effect if you are growing plants that thrive in humid environments
Use sealant caulk or other materials to seal leaks in your garage door or elsewhere
While the ideal temperature will vary from species to species, most plants thrive in temperatures ranging from 70°F to 80°F during the day and 65°F to 70°F at night.
Feeding Your Plants
Feeding your plants is also super important. Just like with regular gardening, you’ll need to give your plants food in the form of fresh soil or other nutrients. For easy gardening, keep your food supply in your garage with your plants and keep to the same feeding routine each day. Garage Gardening Can Be Fun!
At its core, gardening in your garage is similar to gardening outdoors – you just have to add a few lights and be sure to control the temperature carefully. But with the right prep work, your garage garden will look beautiful and your plants will thrive. Good luck!
Carrie Spencer created TheSpencersAdventures.net to share her family’s homesteading adventures. On the site, she shares tips on living self-sufficiently, fruit and vegetable gardening, parenting, conservation, and more. She and her wife have 3 kids, 2 dogs, 4 cats, 3 goats, 32 chickens, and a whole bunch of bees. Their goal is to live as self-sufficiently and environmentally-consciously as possible.
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