6 Indoor Gardening Mistakes Beginners Should Avoid

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You want to start your first indoor gardening but are afraid of making a mistake? Relax!

The good news is that I have made them all and decided to give you some helpful tips to avoid those indoor gardening mistakes beginners like us make.

I’m in no way an expert gardener, but I can tell you that when I decided to start my garden I went in full force making so many beginner gardener mistakes along the way and ending loving gardening even more!

If you are an indoor gardening beginner this post is for you!

How is that possible?

You learn from mistakes and gardening is an example of that but you just keep going and once your garden starts to grow and you taste your crops you will fall in love with gardening.

Even if you don’t feel like taking a big chance with a bigger garden start indoor! You can start an indoor garden that will grow as you an outside one. I am growing herbs indoors year-round. And if I can grow my indoor garden so can you!

Now, let’s begin by answering the most important questions regarding indoor gardening.

How do I start an indoor garden for beginners?

Research, research, research. You need to know as much as possible before you get started. You need to know which part of your home will be best for growing. This will depend on which plants you want to grow.

Many plants do well inside, but you want to make sure you have the space. Next, you want to decide if you want to grow using soil or hydroponics. When you choose containers, you need to keep size and containment in mind.

You obviously don’t want planters that are going to leak. If you’re using soil, choose soil that will allow you to water your plants less often. A soil with a good fertilizer will also help boost the yield you get from your plants and prevents the need to fertilize separately.

Depending on the humidity level in your home, you may need to water your plants often, test the soil to make sure you’re not overwatering. Lastly, keep trying. Your first indoor garden may not be as fruitful as you had hoped. Learn from your mistakes and keep going.

What is the easiest plant to grow inside?

Herbs and lettuces are extremely easy for growing indoors. Herbs are the best option because they can usually be grown in windowsills. You need small planters with very little space. Herbs will also continue to grow for long periods of time as long as you harvest them properly.

When should you start an indoor garden?

In all honesty, if you have the right equipment, there’s never a bad time to start growing an indoor garden. You can use grow lights to make sure plants get the proper amount of light. You can also use heaters and humidifiers, if needed to keep your plants at the right temperature and moisture levels.

If you’re dedicated to growing an indoor garden to provide for your family, you can devote a room to being a grow room and have it at the right temperature and humidity level with grow lights that are on timers.

How do you maintain an indoor garden?

To keep your indoor garden maintained, you need to make sure it’s getting the right amount of light. Test the plants regularly by placing your finger in the soil, if the soil is dry, give the plants water. Remove any dead or spent parts of the plant.

Harvest the plants as recommended on the seed or plant package. As your plants grow, transfer to larger containers. Growing indoors versus outdoors is more about creating and maintaining a good environment. The rest is similar to maintaining plants outdoors.

6 Indoor Gardening Mistakes Beginners Should Avoid

Before you start your indoor gardening let’s go over  6 beginner indoor gardening mistakes you must avoid:

Not doing proper research

Before you begin to plant, make sure you take the time to do some research about indoor gardening, the plants you would like to plant and everything else you need to know.

Researching is important to avoid wasting your time and money gardening when the plant or plants won’t make it due to a lack of research.

We recommend starting small and continuing to research. Invest in an AeroGarden to start an herb garden.


Not having proper lighting

The best will be in direct sunlight, but some plants thrive in full sun. If proper lighting is an issue, use artificial lights. Grow lights, and white reflectors will help your indoor plants grow.

Grow lights are very important, and you can find them just about anywhere. Grow lights prices vary, and so does sizes. They also come in different styles:

  • High-intensity Discharge (HID) – Normally for commercial growth and large growing spaces.
  • Fluorescent – The most popular choices for home gardeners. They are good to start growing your seeds and herbs.


Not having proper soil

Having the proper soil is very important when it comes to indoor gardening. You see good soil means good plants and you need to make sure you use soil that will provide for your plants. Getting soil from outside is not a great idea. As stated before make sure you do your research as not all plants will do well with the same soil.


Not having proper nutrients

Giving plants the proper nutrients is important the key is to not overdo it.  When in doubt, always read the label of the fertilizers or soil and of course your plant.


Not having proper space

Your plants are going to grow and for that reason, you need to make sure they have room to grow. Tomato plants can grow on a table and you can grow other plants on shelves, but please make sure that they get proper lighting.

Growing too much

This is a beginner gardener mistake and that is too grow too many plants and not have enough space or create waste. We get sucked up into the moment of starting our indoor plant and not realize that. Always make a plan and start small at first to get a feel of this gardening thing.

I can’t stop repeating myself when I say that everyone should grow something! Gardening even indoor is the best thing to do. There are so many benefits to starting a garden and an indoor garden thought limited in space, will give you such joy.

Remember to start small and take the time to do research before you begin your indoor garden. Below is a list of gardening plants you can grow in your indoor garden.

What herbs can you grow indoors?


  •     Basil
  •     Catnip
  •     Chives
  •     Cilantro
  •     Cumin
  •     Dill
  •     Garlic Chives
  •     Lavender
  •     Mint
  •     Oregano
  •     Rosemary
  •     Sage
  •     Thyme


  •     Broccoli
  •     Brussels Sprouts
  •     Tomatoes
  •     Peppers
  •     Cabbage
  •     Cauliflower
  •     Kale
  •     Leeks
  •     Lettuce
  •     Mustard Greens
  •     Spinach

What other tips or ideas do you have for us indoor gardening beginners?

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Gardening is such a great thing to do and I encourage you to at least start small. Gardening saves you money, it’s good for you and your family. With these tips, you can succeed at starting your own garden for the first time.

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