Outdoor gardening is a beautiful thing—that is, when the weather outside is nice—but sometimes, like when it is pouring rain and windy and you still have the urge to play in the garden, you may wish you had an indoor garden.

There is an unending array of plants of various colors, textures and types of foliage you can grow in an indoor garden, including flowers, vegetables and herbs. With indoor gardening, the possibilities are endless when the elements play no role in deciding the type of garden you choose to grow.

We all know how great growing outdoors is when the sun is shining, you’re absorbing all of that vitamin D and maybe popping a little sweat, and the birds are singing. But just for fun and without knocking outdoor gardening, I composed a list of five good reasons to bring your garden indoors.

Weather Control

For some, gardening is an almost Zen-like experience: a meditative state of euphoria flows through the body and mind while you work in harmony as the adopted child of Mother Nature. All is well in the world. And then the storm hits.

Those pretty little flowers and plants you have so tenderly nurtured and gotten to know are suddenly being pummeled and dashed by a cold, slashing rain that now turns to hail, sending you scurrying for the house to watch the uncertain fate of your little friends from a blurry window. Had those pretty little plants only been indoors, all that tender, loving care would not be for nothing.

Pest Control

Indoor gardens have their share of woes when it comes to little invaders bent on making your garden into a smorgasbord, but they are far fewer in number and much easier to detect and control when in a controlled environment.

For example, in a traditional outdoor garden of fresh tomatoes, it doesn’t take long for an undetected hornworm or two to strip your plants to the vine. In an indoor environment, these types of pests, if they do get in and find your tomatoes, will be detected more readily than if inclement weather had kept you away for a few days, which is more than enough time for these little creatures to wreak some devastation on your outdoor garden.

You are also more likely to spot those life-sucking little aphids when you can check your plants anytime, day or night.

The Never-ending Season

Unless you live in a handful of places on the planet that have an endless summer, you pretty much have to put away the rake and hoe come fall. Not so with an indoor garden. When you control the elements, the growing medium and the lighting, you can grow what you want year-round.

Imagine plucking a fresh hot pepper to put in your salsa in the middle of a snowstorm. Are you feeling me on this indoor idea?

Gardening is Therapeutic

For those who enjoy working the soil, sewing and reaping and being a part of something bigger than themselves, it’s hard to top the cosmic connection that working a garden affords you. That connection can be realized year-round for those with a perpetual indoor garden.

Enjoy on Your Own Schedule

Not everyone holds down a 9-5 job. Many people work second shift, some work third shift and some work all kinds of crazy hours while others don’t work at all.

Indoor gardening works around your schedule. You can enjoy all the trimming, deadheading, feeding or watering and just about anything else that needs to be done with your plants without having to go outside with a flashlight in the middle of the night.

This article was not an attempt to convert anyone with an outside garden to become an inside gardener; I merely want to bring some insight and impart a little courage to that gardener on the cusp who may be considering an indoor garden.

Outdoor gardens are great, but there is something to be said for having a flourishing, healthy garden right in the privacy of your own home, come rain or shine.