Here is an excellent excuse to clear out any unnecessary junk for your garage: setting up a garage garden. If you plan carefully and follow the right steps, you can have herbs and vegetables available year-round behind your Coastal Garage Doors.
A Perfect Place for a Garden: You probably are not lucky enough to live in a growing zone where you can have productive plants all year. If you have a green thumb, you can solve this problem with a greenhouse in your garage. Your plants will be safe from cold weather, and you can store your garden tools right next to your garden.
Planning Out Your Space: The first task ahead of you is measuring the space that you have available. You can use your entire garage or just any extra space that you have. There is a lot of room for creativity here. You can use shelving that you already have or purchase metal shelves for this purpose. You do not need to spend a lot, either. Look in local online flea market groups, and you will probably see many people selling shelves and wine racks that would work perfectly.
Selecting the Right Plants: If you live in an area with cold winters, you still have many options for vegetables and herbs to grow. Many crops, like most greens and root vegetables, actually prefer colder temperatures. You can also select plants that thrive in warmer climates, but you will have to find a way to keep your garage’s temperature consistently warm.
Setting the Temperature: Research the ideal temperatures for the plants you have chosen. Purchase a thermometer for your garage if you do not already have one. Even plants that flourish in cooler temperatures may not survive in the coldest winter months without the help of a space heater.
Other vegetables like tomatoes need summer temperatures to stay alive. For these types of plants, put up thick plastic sheets around your garden. You will need to carefully monitor the temperature and remove the sheets for short periods of time if the area is too hot.
Providing Enough Light: Indoor plants grow best near southern-facing windows. You can use mirrors to reflect light towards your plants if you do not have windows that face south. This may still not provide enough light, however. In that case, you will need to buy growing lights from a home improvement store and find a way to place them over the plants. You may be able to hang them from shelving units or the ceiling. Check the instructions on the lights, as most will need to be a specific distance away from the tops of your plants. Of course, the sun is not out all day, so you must either turn them off overnight or install a timer.
Supplying Water: Every plant needs different amounts of moisture, so be sure to research how much you should water each plant per day. The water should be about the same temperature as the room, or the shock of the temperature difference may damage or kill the plants. You could also look into building and installing a hydroponic gardening system if you want to garden without using messy potting soil.