Setting up a Basic Indoor Grow Room


hi I'm Steven LaFell berta urban garden

dot CA as fall takes hold in the garden

outside blinds down for the winter I

love to start to grow inside my house on

today's video I'm going to give you some

quick tips on getting set up growing

indoors much like growing outdoors

growing indoors does not have to be

complex or expensive in order to grow

indoors you'll need three main things

soil light and seeds so aisle is the

most important part about growing

indoors typically I grown a very simple

mixture of one part soilless potting mix

and one part compost the soilless

potting mix will hold water while

allowing free drainage in the pot this

is important as most of the issues

indoor growers encounter have to do with

over watering and the soil being too

saturated for too long there are usually

enough nutrients in the compost to

completely eliminate the need for

fertilizer products during the indoor

growing season I typically like to

purchase these products near the end of

the season when they're on sale the

reason that I like to purchase these

products as opposed to make them myself

is that they're fairly devoid of life

specifically this is important for pests

if you bring in a pest from say a

compost that you've made and it is able

to get going indoors it's not regulated

by the Predators that would regulate it

outside and they can cause a lot of

damage very quickly now that we have the

soil dealt with the next most important

part is the light the plants need to

grow light as you can imagine is a very

important part of growing indoors if you

have a south or Southwest facing window

in the northern hemisphere or a north

facing window in the southern hemisphere

you can take advantage of the free


I built a shelf under myself facing

window to take advantage of the natural

light coming through it in the winter if

you don't have access to a window like

mine you can use grow lights to grow

indoors during the winter if you start

doing a research integral lights you're

gonna find terms like nanometers

wavelengths Kelvin lumens watts well I

have gone into great depth into this

subject in the past in dirt row lights

can really be boiled down to two simple

tips pick the right type of light bulb

incandescent bulbs don't work very

well but compact fluorescent and

fluorescent lightbulbs do work very well

there are more expensive options such as

LED and high-pressure sodium lights just

to name a few but for what I want to

achieve I will stick with a more

affordable fluorescent lights the second

thing I recommend is to look for a bulb

that has the highest what's available in

the right Kelvin rating you are looking

for Kelvin rating of 6500 or 20 100

there are tools online that translate

the descriptions such as soft white into

a Kelvin rating lights with different

Kelvin ratings may work but they will be

far less efficient and you may not be

able to harvest any crops from under

them the final thing you will need is

seeds to grow

unlike outside inside your house using

either a window or grow lights there are

a few limitations to what you can grow

winter light by its nature is a little

bit weaker and once it comes through

this glass it loses a little bit of its

power as well and there's no grow light

that can even come close to replicating

the natural light during summer you can

push the limits with some very expensive

equipment but for the most part I like

to keep things simple and focus on the

crops I know work well indoors under

lower light conditions a cornerstone of

my winter garden is herbs and leafy

greens leafy greens and herbs are well

established to grow in lower light areas

making them perfect candidates to grow

indoors later in the season I do start

some of my summer crops inside such as

peppers and tomatoes but I don't really

push them to produce well some of the

smaller body peppers and tomatoes will

produce inside generally the crops are

quite small while the plant takes up a

lot of this valuable grow space that I

have with that in mind I do you like to

experiment and enjoy harvests of peppers

and tomatoes when I have the space

available over the long cold winter

months growing indoors during the winter

allows me to harvest fresh herbs and

leafy greens that go wonderfully with

the preserved crops from my summer

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