Gardening is a very rewarding activity, and being able to have your own fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers at hand saves time and money. Making a garden indoors is a good way to control the conditions so you can grow everything year round, and the garage can be one of the better spaces in your home to do it. If you want to convert part of your garage into a space for gardening, here’s how to do it.
Step One: Sunlight
There are three core components to having a successful garden, and the first is sunlight. Any plant you grow will need some degree of sunlight, so when you are picking the part of your garage to convert into a gardening studio you’ll need to keep it in mind. If it can get some natural sunlight that’s great, and if your garage is detached from the home you can also try installing windows in part of the roof to create a greenroom.
However, you’ll likely have to use a UV lighting system to make sure the plants get the consistent sunlight they need. Make sure the section of your garage you are turning into the garden space has convenient access to outlets to power the UV lights, and somewhere to hang the lamps. You can also build tiered shelving with UV lights hanging from each level, or even built into them.
Step Two: Watering System
The second core component for a successful gardening area is water. You can use a hydroponic system that is extremely controlled in terms of the water and nutrients the plants receive, and the other is the more traditional container system with your plants in pots, planters and other containers. For a hydroponic system, you can get some excellent grow tents that are a self-contained garden within a tent structure that also has a built in hydroponic watering system.
For container gardening, you can manually water each container with a watering can or a hose if you like the personal touch. Alternatively, you can set up a sprinkler system with a timer that can automatically water the plants for a set amount of time every day.
Step Three: Temperature Control
The third core component is temperature regulation. Plants of all kinds will have an ideal temperature range that allows them to grow and flourish the best, and beyond that range they will either struggle to grow or even die. You should know ahead of time what that ideal temperature range is for whatever you want to grow so you can build your garden to achieve it.
Most plants will need temperatures warmer than you’d want to set your house’s thermostat, but there are other ways to manage your garage garden space. First, try having the gardening studio section at least partially enclosed so it is its own space. That way, it can keep in its own temperature more efficiently. Next, invest in heat lamps, soil heat maps, and other devices that will provide heat to the room or your plants directly.