Happy Summer Solstice! Did you plant your spring veggies yet? If you missed the boat but still want some homegrown grub, never fear. You can grow bushels of your own veggies indoors. Even that small spare room can be turned into a bountiful garden with our space-saving wire shelving.

 Why should I grow my own produce?
There are so many reasons, dear reader. Do you trust the food industry with its cancerous GMOs? With its dangerous, bee-killing pesticides? With its environmentally-damaging and inhumane practices? The healthiest, most environmentally-conscious way to eat is to buy local or to grow your own. It’s not for everybody, but if you have a passion for going green (or at least a green thumb), you might really enjoy growing some wholesome produce indoors.

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How do I create my indoor garden? 

To save space and increase efficiency, I recommend using a tall shelf so that you can utilize your vertical space. Our wire shelving is great for an indoor garden because you can add, takeaway, and adjust shelves as needed. Plus, we have tons of different size options to maximize your growing capacity.

The room you choose should have plenty of natural light. Wire shelving allows light to pass through multiple shelves which makes it the ideal choice for growing plants. If you don’t have space near a window, you can attach growing lights on the bottom of the shelf. These lights usually come with metal chains which can easily be attached to wire shelving – just use some utility hooks.

You’ll want to label your plants so you can remember what’s what. A tongue depressor works fine, but you’ll find that investing in durable magnetic labels is easier in the long run. These write-on labels can be moved and relabeled in a pinch. They won’t get damaged by water or get hidden by large plants like other labels might.

What type of garden works best for me?

The most obvious route is growing in good ol’ fashioned soil. If that’s what you’re confident with, stick with it. You can also just grow seedlings indoors and then transfer them to an outdoor garden. Starting seedlings indoors speeds up the growing process and leads to a stronger, more fruitful (or vegetful?) plant.

Hydroponics is a great way to grow plants indoors. Plants thrive in hydroponic systems – they grow faster and have better harvests. Another plus? You can’t overwater or underwater these plants – in fact, you don’t need to worry about watering at all.

However, hydroponics requires some specialized equipment like air pumps, tubing and plant nutrients, so some research is involved. The people at your local hydroponics store can walk you through the process.

Either way, you’ll want shelves that won’t mold – wood just won’t do. Use our chrome wire shelving for a stand that won’t collect water or mold. If you plan on growing in a greenhouse, use epoxy coated shelving. Epoxy shelving has all of the benefits of chrome, but it is more resistant to rust, which is perfect for humid, moist environments. We also carry rust-proof shelving that has a lifetime warranty against rust.

How do I outfit my growing unit?
Our utility basket is a handy helper for the supplies you need close at hand, like spray bottles and nutrients. Add casters to easily move your growing unit. Liners provide a steady surface for tiny seedling containers.  

Wave hooks are always good to have – hang gloves, trowels, and clippers right where you need them. Use plastic containers like our Akro bins to store potting soil and other growing mediums.

baker’s rack easily doubles as a potting station. With a wood worktop and tons of shelves for supply storage, it’s the perfect companion to your growing stand.

So there you have it – now you can grow indoors to avoid damaging weather, pests and seasonal restrictions. Please post pictures and ideas for your garden here or on our Facebook