Day 1: Growing Garlic Chives Indoors – Improvisation
Today is day one of my attempt of growing garlic chives indoors. I am really excited to see how this turns out except I don’t really have much hope that these herbs will be edible by the time they mature (still a gardening beginner). After realizing how little natural sunlight my apartment receives, I went ahead and purchased a grow light. The next step was to figure out where to place my indoor gardening setup. I couldn’t place the pots next to the window because there was nowhere to clamp on the grow lights. In the end, I did a bit of improvisation and came up with this.
Yes. That’s my desk. The open shelve was big enough to accommodate my pots so I decided to place them there. It was also easy to clamp the grow light to the corner of the desk. Here’s a closer look of how my seeds are doing.
I have no idea if this will work or not. I decided to go with the cotton wool setup to get my herb seeds to germinate. Fortunately, I did not have to pay for any of those containers. The one on the left is my GoPro package casing and the glass vase on the right was something I just picked up from a neighbor. When you set up your own indoor garden, see if there is anything that can be recycled. There really is no need to pay extra. For example, you can cut a plastic bottle in half and use that as a seed germinating tray. There are many creative possibilities.
While reading about growing garlic chives, I picked up some tips that may be helpful for other gardeners looking to grow garlic chives indoors. First, make sure the soil that the plant grows in is well-drained. When you water the plant, you should be able to see a bit of that water draining out after a few seconds. The second tip is in regards to sunlight. If you are like me and don’t have a place that receives a lot of natural sunlight then make sure you get yourself a grow light. I was reluctant to buy one at first because it didn’t seem all that different to normal lamps. However, after doing a bit of research, I did find out that grow lights offer a wider spectrum of light than normal lamps do. According to the manual I received with the herb seeds, you will need to turn on the grow light for at least 12 to 14 hours per day. This should be enough to replicate an outdoor setting.
I don’t really expect to see anything sprout from my seed until the fourth of fifth day. If you are interested in following my indoor herb gardening progress then feel free to subscribe to the Shoebox Gardener blog. I also appreciate any tips and comments you may have on my gardening setup. Oh and one last thing. I am also attempting to grow Cilantro right now.