Are you a budding gardener? Maybe you loved helping out in the garden when you were young and you’d love to reignite your passions for all things home grown? Or maybe you’re just looking to live life a little greener in the new year, but you’re not sure how to go about it with your lifestyle? Well, make use of your home to grow an indoor garden!
After all, if you’ve only got a small space to use, such as an apartment, turning your hand to building an indoor garden is a good way to achieve your greenthumb dreams. Indoor gardening gives you a chance to hone your skills, and create a green space in your home that you’ll love spending time in.
Indoor Gardens Can Be Incredibly Cute
Building an indoor garden doesn’t mean you have to create a huge space that’s filled with dirt and bugs and is ultimately somewhere you’re never going to want to go – not at all! An indoor garden can be a wondrous, cute little place, that’s filled with the plants you love, the colors you love, and all kinds of little ornaments and flower pots that really are a joy to look at. This is your home, after all, and you should love every part of it!
Indeed, if you’re a thrifty person, you can find some great little ornaments to decorate your new garden with at any thrift or charity store, and you can even make some yourself. Even just painting a standard, small plant pot to be another color or with a crazy pattern you like can really change your perception of your gardening space. Plus, the more fun it is to decorate the space, the more you’re going to want to grow plants, and that’s a very healthy habit to have.
Use That Window Sill!
Even if you don’t have a garden, or much space within your home, you’re going to have at least two windows that come with a window sill. And seeing as most plants need light to grow and maintain themselves, why not make good use of this space?
Of course, the amount of sunlight a window gets during the day can vary, and the plant won’t be able to follow the light if there are four other walls in the way, so you’ve got to be careful about what kind of plants you put down to root here. However, if you like the idea of a small herb garden, or you like to grow leafy or evergreen plants, you won’t have a problem getting your little indoor garden to flourish!
Plus, you can use all kinds of containers here, from old mugs to actual plant pots, as well as proper window boxes or a repurposed, old watering can. Whatever you’ve got in the apartment, that’s no longer in use and can contain something, feel free to use it for your windowsill garden!
Growing Upwards is Key
Now, if you’ve taken to growing an indoor garden of your own, there’s a good chance you don’t have much space to work with. And because of this, you need to take advantage of the space you do have, which tends to be vertical, rather than horizontal. Sure, a window box here and there is good, but if you’re seriously into gardening and want to spread your seeds a little more, you’re going to need to invest in standing planters and growing up the wall.
It doesn’t have to be hard to put a vertical garden together either; it’s entirely up to you what you want to grow, and you can make the planters yourself, dress them up the way you’d like them to look, and have an entire green, living wall in your apartment. It’s a very eco friendly and sustainable thing to do!
You’ll Have to Keep a Closer Eye, However
Seeing as you’re growing an indoor garden, the plants themselves are going to need more help than they would when growing outdoors. There’s no irrigation system, for example, and that means you need to be on hand to water them properly at all times. So do some reading, make sure you know what plants you’re taking care of, and don’t be afraid to plant some low duty seeds to begin with.
There are not many people out there who have the ability to grow and maintain an entire garden, but that shouldn’t stop us! Make yourself an indoor garden.