Grow Your Own Basement Garden
Right now, the sun is shining and crops are thriving, but summer won’t last forever. It’s only a matter of months before winter returns and the delicious strawberries we’ve been snacking on all summer are out of season. What if there was a way to grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs year-round regardless of your location? With a basement garden, growing your own fresh produce all year is not only possible, but also very manageable.
The following steps will show you how to grow your own basement garden.
What You’ll Need
- Hanging shop lights
- T-8 fluorescent light bulbs
- Potting soil
- Watering can
- Light timer
Grow Your Garden
Start with the seeds
All gardening successes begin with the seeds. Start by placing your potting soil into the pots. Then, plant your seeds in the potting soil. Place the pots in front of windows in your home that are facing south.
Transfer your seeds
Once your seeds sprout and are an inch tall, (they grow up so fast!) transplant them into 4-6” pots. Move the newly potted plants to your basement.
Prepare your basement
Find a space in your basement that is big enough for your tables. Try to avoid spaces where your plants could be knocked over or disturbed. Hang your T-8 fluorescent light bulbs using your chain. The chain will allow you to suspend your bulbs 2” above the plants. Plug the lights into a timer so that your plants receive 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness every day.
Begin by watering your plants once a week. After two and a half months, you should begin to water your plants twice a week. Once your plants are 4” tall, start to fertilize them according to the directions included on your fertilizer package.
Pick and eat
With the right amount of preparation and plant-loving, your homegrown fruits and vegetables will be ready to harvest after three months. Pick and enjoy!
If you’re looking to add organic produce to your basement garden, check out Jennie Lyon’s “HOW TO: 7 Steps To Grow An Organic Garden In Your Basement.”
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