Having a garden can be fun and rewarding, but how can you exercise your “green thumb” if you don’t have a yard? Easy. Start an indoor garden. If you’re moving into an apartment, studio, or condo, consider transforming your living space into a garden oasis. All you need are a few simple things:
1. Select an ideal space for your garden:
Pick an area that has plenty of sunlight or shade, perhaps a table, windowsill, bench, or shelves. Avoid any indoor locations that have colder temperatures, such as an attic, basement, or garage. And be sure to keep your plants away from any air conditioning units or vents, as well. Certain plants require different amounts of light, so do some research before you go shopping and remember to group your plants appropriately. When possible, place your light-loving plants near a window to give them maximum exposure to heat and sunlight.
2. Choose your plants:
You can grow a wide variety of plants inside virtually any space. Just make sure they don’t get too big. Remember: You want to create an indoor garden, not a jungle. Here is a short list of plants that will thrive in your indoor garden:
- Flowers: peace lily, African violet, marigold, begonia, cactus, and succulents. (Note: If you want a little indoor garden without too much of a commitment, succulents and cacti are the way to go. Just a little water here, a little sun there, and you’re all set.)
- Herbs: basil, lavender, chives, oregano, parsley, sage, mint, rosemary, sage, and cilantro
- Vegetables: cherry tomatoes, peppers, onions, carrots, radishes, beans, peas, and mushrooms
- Fruits: strawberries, blueberries, and grapes
3. Try a terrarium:
Looking for a fuss-free habitat? Set up one of these relaxing, self-contained environments.
- First, select a suitable glass jar or bowl for your terrarium. Make sure it has a lid.
- Next, select compact, low-light plants that thrive off of humidity. Ferns, mosses, and even orchids are great options. Steer clear succulents and cacti.
- Once you’ve selected your plants, add pebbles and a light, humus-soil potting mix.
- Once you’ve added everything, spray it with some water, close the lid, and watch your masterpiece grow. Then, every ten days or so, open the lid for about half a day, add some more water, close it back up.
4. Select some containers:
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to containers. You can pick up some traditional pots or containers from a garden supply store, or go with old vases or plastic bottles. Look for a container that has holes in the bottom to allow for drainage (if it doesn’t, simply punch out or drill a few holes). You can also line the bottom of your container with rocks for added drainage or try using recycled containers such as old coffee cans or one-liter plastic bottles.
- Pay attention to the depth of your container. Some plants may require deep containers to support their root system, while others will actually do better with a shallow container.
- If you use a wooden container, opt or find one made of rot-resistant varieties like redwood or cedar.
- Hanging pots from the ceiling can free up floor space while also making your garden feel more full.
Set up a system for maintaining your garden’s light, water, and temperature controls. This one is important. Most vegetables and herbs require at least 6 to 8 hours of light each day to help them fully grow. And while indoor plants can adapt to a variety of situations, they do best between 70 and 75 degrees.
Watering is crucial for indoor plants, as their containers can dry out extremely quickly due to a lack of natural rain. Overwatering can be just as bad, so pay careful attention to your plants. Signs of overwatering can include mold on the surface of soil, stunted growth, or leaf drop of both new and older leaves.
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