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Self-Sufficiency and Indoor Gardening

Self-Sufficiency and Indoor Gardening

Alex
Alex
20 Mar 2020

Many of us look forward to the unmistakable taste of fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables – especially those that come from our own organic soil. If you would like to grow food at home but have limited space, or no outdoor space at all, don't despair! Your dream of homegrown food is still within reach! Consider giving indoor gardening a try…

Why look at Self-Sufficiency and indoor gardening now?

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Maybe you’re currently in a position where you feel concerned about the availability of a continuous supply of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, or you want to be prepared for instances in life that may require you to become self-sufficient from your own home.

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Indoor gardening is a fantastic, affordable and limitless hobby that the whole family can get involved in and learn about together. As you gain in confidence and experience, you can evolve from growing in soil to growing hydroponically (growing in an inert medium like rockwool with a nutrient solution) or even in aquaponics (keeping fish and using their waste output to fertilise your plants).

How much space do you need to grow plants indoors?

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If you can utilise part of a spare room or have space in a shed, garage or loft with a power supply, the chances are that you’ll be able to setup an indoor garden! It’s that simple!

What can you grow indoors?

With the right equipment (which is all available from GroWell and includes budget options for beginners), you can grow practically anything you want to in your own home! 

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Microgreens

Microgreens are packed full of antioxidants as well as being rich in potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and copper. Popular varieties include cress, wheatgrass and pea shoots, and these all tend to grow really quickly – typically around 10-14 days from seedling to harvest!

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Lettuce

Lettuce also has an incredibly fast turnaround time for crops, and promises to add plenty of goodness into your diet! 250g contains no fat whatsoever and only about ten calories, but on the flipside you will find a vital supply of vitamin A and vitamin C!

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes represent a classic choice for indoor gardening! They’re really tasty when taken straight from the vine and loaded with lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. 

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Other popular fruits, vegetables and herbs

Vegetables: carrots, aubergines, radish, chillies, dwarf beans, onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, courgettes, kale, spinach
Fruits: lemons, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, raspberries, watermelon
Herbs: rocket, basil, mint, coriander, parsley, rosemary 

Plus many, many more! The options are endless! 

What are the advantages of indoor growing?

People turn to growing plants indoors for a huge number of reasons: 

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Production of pure, clean organic crops that haven't been treated with growth hormones or pesticides.

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Access to incredibly fresh food as and when you want it at home, with no reliance upon supermarkets or supply chains.

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Freedom from limitations caused by the seasons and the weather – there is never a cloudy day when you garden indoors.

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Desire to pick produce with increased nutritional value that has not been sitting around on a supermarket shelf.

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Belief in the ethos of “eating local” where there are “zero food miles” for your homegrown crops.

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Aim to relieve stress, depression and anxiety with a healthy, feel-good hobby. 

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Interest in growing niche produce – e.g. microgreens.

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Educate the next generation and get kids away from looking at screens. 

There are millions of possibilities with an indoor garden, experiment and enjoy the opportunities that have opened up – our expert team of staff will always be on standby to offer advice and guide you through.

How easy is it to start growing indoors and become Self-Sufficient?

You might now be wondering how you identify the equipment required to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs indoors? We provide tents, lights, extraction kits, growing systems and more to people all over the UK - including many that are trying to become self-sufficient, like Mark the KitchenGardener. You can see how he's getting on in the video below.

Luckily, complete and ready-made options do exist too! We offer 3 kits specifically designed for those of you wanting to become self-sufficient food producers. They contain everything that’s needed to “grow your own” – including a powerful source of light – to give you complete control over your indoor garden 365 days a year. Just find a suitable space indoors and let us assist with you the rest!

Self-Sufficiency Soil Kit

Covers an area of 120cm deep by 240cm wide by 200cm tall, with 3 x 400W grow lights, 18 x 39 Litre pots plus the soil to fill them and much more! You can use the square metre garden method to produce a vast amount fresh produce! 

Kit Contains:

  • 3 x 400W UltraVivid Light System
  • 1 x BAY6 XXL Grow Tent
  • 1 x Eco Extraction Kit
  • 18 x RhizoPot - 39L
  • 14 x Tropic Mix - 50L
  • 1 x 10L SHOGUN Samurai Terra (5L Grow + 5L Bloom)
  • 1 x 1L SHOGUN Sumo Boost
  • 1 x 50g Ecothrive Biosys
  • 1 x 5L Ecothrive Charge
  • 2 x 1.2m Deep Flexi-Tray
  • 1 x Control Freak Single Fan Controller
  • 1 x Eco-Technics Four Light Timer Contactor
  • 1 x Heavy Duty Lighting Timer & Contactor
  • 1 x 5m Chain + 5 x S-Hooks
  • 3 x Exolux Pro Rope Ratchets
  • 1 x 5ml PIpette + 1 x 50ml Syringe

Self-Sufficiency Hydroponics Kit

Covers an area of 120cm deep by 240cm wide by 200cm tall, with 3 x 400W grow lights, an 8-Pot AutoPot System, enough inert coco media to fill the pots, and the tools and nutrients to feed and monitor your plants. 

Kit Contains:

  • 3 x 400W UltraVivid Light System
  • 1 x BAY6 XXL Grow Tent
  • 1 x Eco Extraction Kit
  • 1 x 8-Plant AutoPot System
  • 3 x Tropic Mix - 50L
  • 1 x 10L SHOGUN Samurai Coco (5L Part A + 5L Part B)
  • 1 x Root Riot Organic Cubes (Pack of 24)
  • 1 x 250ml pH Down
  • 1 x Accuread pH Meter
  • 1 x Bluelab EC/CF Pen
  • 1 x Control Freak Single Fan Controller
  • 1 x Eco-Technics Four Light Timer Contactor
  • 1 x Heavy Duty Lighting Timer & Contactor
  • 1 x 5m Chain + 5 x S-Hooks
  • 3 x Exolux Pro Rope Ratchets
  • 1 x 5ml PIpette + 1 x 50ml Syringe

Self-Sufficiency Micro Greens & Lettuce Kit

Covers an area of 75cm deep by 130cm wide by 75cm tall, with a 4-tube T5 fluorescent light and 3 x large propagators including the soil to fill them. This kit will enable a rapid and substantial continuous yield of microgreens and fresh lettuce.

Kit Contains:

  • 1 x 4-Tube Propagation Light
  • 1 x BAY6 Dual Purpose 130 Grow Tent
  • 1 x RAM Mixed-Flow Intake Fan
  • 3 x Root!t Budget Propagator
  • 1 x Tropic Mix - 50L
  • 1 x 1L SHOGUN Samurai Terra Grow
  • 1 x 1L Ecothrive Charge
  • 1 x 10g Ecothrive Biosys
  • 1 x Accuread pH Meter
  • 1 x Bluelab EC/CF Pen
  • 1 x Heavy Duty Lighting Timer & Contactor

How do you grow indoors?

Growing indoors is easy!

If you’re after a comprehensive guide on mastering the basics – covering everything from installing equipment to starting off seeds to harvesting your produce – check out our New To Hydroponics And Indoor Gardening? article and have a good browse of our blog.  

For a better understanding of how you’d use one of our self-sufficiency kits, keep on reading…

Self-Sufficiency Soil & Hydro Kits - SETUP

Tent Tent

Grow Tent

Begin by finding a suitable area to create your indoor garden, then install the grow tent. You’ll find we’ve got a great video guide for this task - see How To Set Up A Grow Tent [Step By Step].

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Extraction Kit

Next set up your extractor fan, filter and ducting accessories, following the instructions in this article - [The Art Of Ventilation] How To Install Fans.

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Fan Controller

Plug the fan into the fan controller and choose your settings – watch this quick video guide for instructions on how to do it How To Set Up a Control Freak Single Fan ControllerThe ideal temperature for indoor food production is about 18-23oC, so set the target to 20oC. Any time the temperature rises above 20oC, the fan will ramp up and expel the hot air.

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Lighting System

Hang your grow lights with the supplied rope ratchets and set them nice and high at the top of the tent, putting the two with HPS lamps to the left and right and the one with the halide lamp in the middle – this will give you an excellent mixed spectrum of light for happy, healthy plants.

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Timer & Contactor

Plug the lights into the timer contactor (the device that lets you control when lights operate and for how long) and aim to provide around 14-16 hours of light, which is a good recommendation for most plants. To get the best results, conduct some research to find out the optimum light “on” time of your chosen plant(s). You can quickly and simply change your daylight cycle at any stage by adjusting your timer.

Self-Sufficiency Soil Kit – IN USE

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Put your seeds directly into the media according to the instructions on your chosen packs. You could use the square metre garden method or grow a different plant per pot. Make sure you take into account the final potential height of your chosen crops, keeping the bigger plants to one side of the tent and the smaller plants to the other side – this way they won't block out the light.

Self-Sufficiency Hydro Kit – IN USE

Although the method of feeding plants is slightly different compared to standard pots, you can still grow almost anything you want in an AutoPot System. It represents a fantastic first venture away from hand-watering, whereby nutrient solution is only administered to plants at the point they need feeding. 

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The same rules apply if you choose to grow some smaller leafy type plants (i.e lettuce) – do so on one side of the tent and keep the bigger plants tied or pruned back to stop the smaller crops losing light. Alternatively, you can use all of the AutoPot for a mix of big plants such as tomatoes, aubergines and sweet peppers. Here you will find that the system helps to drive growth up to 3 times faster than with normal pots and soil, as the plants can always access the perfect ratio of nutrients 24/7.

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In addition to reviewing the instructions that are supplied with the AutoPot Systems, we encourage you to watch the following video:

 

Self-Sufficiency Microgreens & Lettuce Kit – IN USE

We suggest filling two of the propagator trays with soil and sowing them with lettuce. For the other tray there are two options:

  • Use a small amount of soil and scatter loads of microgreen seeds over the surface, then simply harvest with scissors when they have sprouted 2-4 cm
  • Punch a few small holes in the bottom of one end of the tray, then every day pour in a very small layer of fresh water over loads of microgreen seeds and let it drain until they have all sprouted

 

If you have any questions, give us a call on 0333 003 22 96 or visit the GroWell site and start a live chat with one of our experts. We’re here to help!

Alex
Alex
About the author

Alex is one of our Directors! It's his job to sniff out the best products and keep operations in order. His toe stays firmly dipped in marketing, too! 

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