Top Blogs to Follow for Indoor Greenhouse Growers

Top Blogs to Follow for Indoor Greenhouse Growers

If you’re looking for advice online about growing your own food indoors year-round, it’s difficult to find blogs and other websites devoted specifically to that topic. But some broader gardening sites tend to have more and better content relevant to indoor gardening than others. Here are some of our favorites.

It can be frustrating to sift through gardening blogs and sites looking specifically for information about growing vegetables, fruits, and herbs in a controlled indoor environment.

You find yourself sifting through a lot of information about seasonal planting, natural sunlight cycles, soil conditions, pests, etc., that don’t directly apply to grow rooms, grow tents, or indoor greenhouses. Much of the indoor gardening advice pertains to growing things in window sills.

Sometimes that’s okay. Many of us who garden indoors also garden outdoors. And some information about outdoor or window sill gardening also applies to controlled growing environments.

But it’s nice to find information geared especially to indoor growers. Hence, this blog. Where we often focus on lighting, watering, drainage and exhaust issues specific to growing food in a closed system such as the Eco Garden House.

Meanwhile, we continue to sift through a great many gardening sites every week, from one-person blogs to large magazine sites, looking for information helpful to indoor growers. Here are some of our favorites so far (in no particular order):

Rodale’s Organic Life Magazine (garden section)

Rodale publishes a variety of health and wellness lifestyle magazines, including Organic Life, as well as books. Organic Life is a high-end glossy magazine, and the website mirrors this quality.

Many of us who grow food indoors are interested in organic growing. A controlled environment, after all, can reduce some of the challenges of gardening without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. For example, it’s more difficult for pests to invade a zippered-shut grow tent than a potato patch.

As long as we control light and watering properly, we also don’t have to worry as much about drought- or heat-stressed plants becoming susceptible to certain diseases, blights, and bugs.

The writing in Organic Life is thorough and professional. And most articles include links to a variety of related topics, which means this site can be a total rabbit hole.

Social Media Links

Facebook

Twitter (@OrganicLifeMag)

YouTube

Pinterest

 

A Quick Sample

How To Keep A Greenhouse Going

A Beginner’s Guide to Drip Irrigation

How the Pros Grow Peppers from the Same Plant Year After Year

 

Balcony Garden Web

This site is well organized. It’s easier than at many gardening sites to find stuff relevant to indoor food growing. Under the Growing Food tab, for example, you’ll find sections on vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices. Simple.

As its title suggests, the site skews toward urban gardening content, which means growing in containers. It’s also got an interesting DIY section.

Social Media Links

Facebook

Twitter (@BGardenWeb)

Pinterest

A Quick Sample

Best free gardening apps

How to Get Free Plants and Seeds – 13 Frugal Gardening Tips

Growing Cauliflower in Containers

 

Gardening Know How

This site was originally built for visitors to submit gardening questions and get expert answers, and that’s still one of its major strengths. You can post questions there and GKH certified experts, among others, can answer. It seems to be pretty carefully moderated.

The articles are professional quality, some coming from well known gardening authors.

Best blogs and sites for indoor food growers
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Social Media Links

Facebook

Twitter @gardenknowhow

Pinterest

A Quick Sample

Growing Indoor Tomatoes – Tips On How To Grow Tomato Plants Over Winter

Natural Rooting Methods – Organic Rooting Options for Cuttings

Indoor Organic Gardening

 

Shawna Coronado

In short, Shawna Coronado has become a BIG name in gardening and healthy lifestyle circles. She’s a sought-after keynote speaker, blogger, TV and radio show host, and author.

Her site is heavy on outdoor gardening, including flowers and other decorative plants. But we find occasional nuggets that apply to indoor food gardening, and her food section offers some great ideas about what to do with the veggies and herbs you grow (including put them in cocktails!).

She’s a paid spokesperson for many products, so some of her content is promotional but still useful. Her YouTube videos, which tend to be good-naturedly cheesy, are also a good source of gardening, cooking, and drinking ideas.

Social Media Links

Facebook

Twitter (@ShawnaCoronado)

YouTube (The Casual Gardener)

Pinterest

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A Quick Sample

The Compost Tea Garden Growth Experiment – Does It Work?

Beet Greens in a Yummy Vegan Salad Recipe

Organic Container Gardening Tips

 

Urban Organic Gardener

This blog focuses on transforming city land and buildings into organic garden spots. It’s about the transformation of politics and social systems as well as gardening itself. It’s an interesting perspective on growing food. And, occasionally, you’ll find ideas that help you grow food indoors.

Click on the DIY Projects tab to find a section on container gardening, with some excellent advice suitable for beginners. It’s solid, straightforward writing.

Social Media Links

Facebook

Twitter: (@UrbanOrganicGar)

A Quick Sample

How To Grow Perfect Peppers and Tomatoes in a 5-Gallon Bucket

23 Easiest Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs to Grow

How to Compost in Your Apartment

 

Bonnie Plants

Some companies that sell seeds and other gardening products produce excellent blogs for gardeners. The best are very low-key on sales and high on useful content, such as Bonne Plants, well established seed company.

This is a good place to learn about individual plants. The company also has a solid library of 1-2 minute videos on YouTube.

Social Media Links

Facebook

Twitter: (@BonniePlants)

Pinterest

YouTube

A Quick Sample

Artwork Baby Broccoli

Tomatillos

Conquer blossom end rot

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A Way to Garden (Margaret Roach)

Margaret Roach has parlayed her experience as an EVP at Martha Stewart Living and the gardening editor at Newsday into authoring books and establishing a very strong social media presence.

Her journalism background is evident, not only in the high-quality writing, but in how she interviews experts for her blog and her public-radio podcast. You get a deep dive into these interviewees’ fields of expertise, either by reading the transcript or listening to the podcast.

The site also has a huge library of blogs on gardening, cooking, FAQs, and more. Margaret was named the Better Homes and Gardens Top Gardening Blogger for 2016 (Editor’s Choice).

Social Media Links

Facebook

Twitter (@MargaretRoach)

Pinterest

A Quick Sample

Power shopping the seed catalogues with Joseph Tychonievich

Grow onions from seed, with seed breeder Don Tipping of Siskiyou Seeds

Q&A with Elizabeth Murphy: Author of Building Soil: A Down To Earth Approach

 

Two More Gardening Blogs to Watch

The blogs/sites named above are generally well-established, with strong social media followings. Here are a couple of blogs you’re less likely to have seen. But they’re producing solid content, some of which is valuable for indoor growers.

Harvest to Table (Steve Albert)

Steve Albert has been cranking out a steady stream of strong, thorough gardening articles for almost 10 years on this site. It’s not super-slick looking, but the information is excellent.

Although few of the articles are directly pertinent for indoor growing, it gives you an overall good base of knowledge about plants and gardening. Steve  published a veggie/herb-growers’ encyclopedia in 2008.

Social Media Links

Facebook

Pinterest

Twitter (@HarvestToTable)

A Quick Sample

Tomato Flavor Explained

Fertilizer: Side-Dressing Vegetable Crops

 

Root Simple (Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen)

This husband-wife team of authors and podcasters have created a thought-provoking site about the DIY lifestyle. Yes, they include information about gardening, but it’s more about why to grow your own food.

Root Simple is good reading from people who really think things through and aren’t afraid to experiment with ideas from all over.

Check out their podcasts and books.

Social Media Links

Facebook

Twitter (@rootsimple)

A Quick Sample

How to Deal with Extremely Root Bound Plants

The arugula you’ve never heard of

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