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How To Create An Indoor Garden

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:

3. Try a terrarium:
Looking for a fuss-free habitat? Set up one of these relaxing, self-contained environments.

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.

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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