An indoor garden provides countless benefits. Whether you want to be more self-sustainable or want to save yourself some trips to the grocery, starting an indoor garden is a good way to develop your green thumb.
Why Start an Indoor Garden
Growing an indoor garden doesn’t only make your space look and feel a lot homier. It also helps alleviate stress, decrease anxiety and overall, make you feel a lot better. Considering the outside world can often be tough, coming home to a place dotted with all kinds of greenery can instantly be mood-changing.
The beauty is that you don’t need a lot to grow your own garden indoors. Today, we’re going to let you in on the steps to get started.
1. Find the right plants for your space
It’s okay to want to grow a lot of herbs and vegetables. Excitement is as important as commitment when growing your home garden. However, it’s essential that you pick the right plants for your space. What a small apartment or a five-bedroom country house would need could be very different.
For example, okra and tomatoes can reach up to 10 feet in height. Corn can grow big and take up a lot of space. If you have a limited area for plants, choose dwarf varieties of vegetables or herbs such as rosemary and basil require very little space to thrive. Low-growing fruits like figs and strawberries also work wonders in small-space living.
2. Choose the right containers
Next to the right plant, correct containers can make all the difference. Philendrons are very forgiving and can grow in pots, recycled bottles, and the like. Peppers and tomatoes on the other hand, would need one to two-gallon pots to maximize their growth.
The good news is there are ways to make your indoor garden less meticulous. If you’re the type who is often away, a self-watering container is a big help. You can also use your pots and containers with pebbles to combat overwatering.
3. Water less
Indoor plants don’t need a lot of water. One of the major reasons why some indoor gardens fail is because of overwatering.
A neat trick is to use your finger to check on the soil. Even if it looks dry on top, it may still be moist inside. Root rot due to overwatering isn’t fun. So best to check on your soil first before reaching for that H2O.
4. Be ready to prune
Indoor plants generally require less maintenance. However, it doesn’t mean you simply set them and forget about them.
Pruning or cutting out old growth keeps your indoor garden healthy. So take the time and give them extra love, especially when they get extra leggy from the winter months.
An indoor garden can change the way you live, think, eat and feel. Let these tips help you grow your own. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself planting and replanting every step of the way.