How To Start An Indoor Garden With AVA Pods
BY TEAM AVA
MAY 14, 2020
Looking to start an indoor garden during the quarantine. Gardening can be a great way to get productive, gain food sovereignty, and add some fresh greens to your meals. With a little planning and the help of our pre-seeded Pod Packs, you can grow delicious herbs for any culinary masterpiece you have planned. Fresh salad greens and herbs from the comfort of your home.
WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO NEED TO GET STARTED:
• AVA Pods Pack
• Herb Planters Pots
• Organic Potting Soil
Get Ready to Get Growing
Start by choosing the pod packs you are most excited to get growing with. The AVA Byte Pod Packs are pre-seeded, nutrient-packed, organic, pesticide-free all in set packs of 5.
Create a plan for your garden. Plants grow best when they are given the right conditions. This depends on the type of vegetable and herb you are growing. If you are growing in the AVA Byte the device will do all the hard work remembering to water, will provide an automated lighting schedule based on each herb or vegetable needs, and providing all the nutrients needed to grow the best indoor garden.
If you are growing without the AVA Byte, make sure you do some research into the most optimal growing conditions for your vegetables. Herbs like mint, chives, parsley, cilantro, shiso all don’t need as much sun. Herbs like basil, chives, mint, oregano, parsley, cilantro, and thyme are a lot easier to grow inside on their own.
Let the Light Shine
Choose a spot with the maximum amount of sunlight. Most vegetables and herbs need about 6-8 hours of sunlight a day to help them grow to maturity. Find a sunny window that will maximize your plant’s exposure to light. South-facing windows are the best. Pay close attention in the winter months that your herbs are getting enough sunlight. You may have to consider grow lights and LED’s in less sunny months.
If you live in a warmer climate, too much soon can be detrimental so choose an east or west facing windowsill, that receives indirect sunlight.
Choose the Right Climate
Depending on what you are growing your seeds will need different climates. Most plants grow best between 18°C - 24 °C degrees. Most of our homes tend to be dry if you’re using a heating or air conditioning system which removes moisture from the air. Make sure you keep your plants far away from any vents. If your environment is lacking in humidity there are a couple of methods you can use.
1.) Mist your around your plants
2.) Allow your dishes to air dry after the last rinse cycle.
3.) Set a bowl of water near a window or heat source.
4.) Boil water on your stove
5.) Place herbs on top of a tray covered in large pebbles. Fill the water to below the pebbles. As the water evaporates it will provide 50% level of humidity.
6.) Place a humidifier in the same room as your plants.
Find A Home:
Make, buy, reuse a growing container. Using old yogurt containers, tin cans, or old plant pots. Make sure there are drainage holes for the water to get through and a tray at the bottom. Your plant pot will need to be at least 6-8 inches in diameter. Check out this Pinterest board made especially for DIY plant pots ideas.
Select Your Soil:
Your indoor herb garden will require a high quality organic-rich potting soil designed for indoor plants. Normal soil from your garden will be too heavy and will dry out quickly. The potting soil provides additional drainage. You can also add vermiculite to your soil that will hold the water in more if you live in a dry climate. What ever you do, don’t use garden dirt. You need your soil to hold moisture and nutrients.
Watch Your Water
Make sure you don’t overwater your plants. You would be surprised by how little water is really needed for your herbs to thrive. Check on your plants daily by gently putting your finger into the soil to make sure the lower layer is still damp. Make sure you keep the soil consistently moist but not drowning. If your leaves start wilting or going yellow/brown, make sure to water them less.
Check for Critters:
Indoor gardens are a lot easier to manage. Indoor plants can sometimes attract mealy bugs, spider mites, whiteflies or aphids. They can be easily managed with some organic insecticidal soap. Remember to check your plants frequently and wash them before eating.
Grow With AVA:
Go Green & experience a hassle-free, no dirt, no stress garden with the AVA Byte and the smart pod packs. This smart garden technology offers the fastest, healthiest and the highest success growth rate. An urban agricultural experience that integrated through your app, providing you growing updates, recipes with a sleek design making the AVA Byte unique of its kind.
Learn more about us, to discover why you should get growing with a smart indoor garden, how it helps save you money in an urban city, and makes your life better. Looking to start an indoor garden or bring up your productivity during WFH trying to find more ways to get sustainable at home and in the kitchen take a read of our blog.