Do you want to start gardening but don’t have the outdoor space for it? Whether you live in a small apartment or a studio home that has no planting areas, there is so much you can do by using pots. You can create a DIY garden even on just a countertop. You really don’t need a big yard or big gardening space to have an amazing garden. Yes, you can create an indoor garden as long as you have a space in your home that receives natural sunlight. During winter when there’s no sunlight, you can use artificial lights (LED lights or fluorescent lights).
You can also use a hydroponic gardening method or just potting mix to grow your own perfect indoor garden. With the latest pandemic, gardening is the new quarantine hobby that can provide profound health benefits, according to research. It can do wonders for your own wellbeing -- it can improve your mood and mental health which can also help you to have a good night’s sleep. Not only that, but it also adds appeal to tiny homes and smaller, minimalistic spaces.
If you think that having a beautiful garden is impossible given your living arrangements, worry no more! We’ve got a perfect list of examples on how to get your dream garden flourishing in no time!
Conditions: moderate light, high humidity
Suggested plants: Monstera, Calathea, Musa, Pilea
House plants are sprouting up all over Instagram as it’s the trendiest home accessory right now. Today’s more popular house plants hail from the forest floor.These plants require just the right amount of water and are best to put in a shadier place. Plants like Monstera and Calathea give your house an elegant and refreshing vibe. Aside from this, tropical plants provide different health benefits. It has the power to improve our physical and mental wellbeing.
It is also an excellent air purifier. By cleaning the air, you’ll avoid “sick building disease,” which is a result of the common build-up that occurs from dust particles found in furniture. It can be found in chemicals from the household cleaning supplies as well.
These dust particles and chemicals often do not get filtered out due to a lack of proper air circulation indoors. It will make you feel tired, drowsy, and even experience itchy eyes and headaches. Studies have shown that tropical plants are more natural and cost-effective than air purifiers since they can absorb these harmful toxins from the air.
Have stunning-looking house decor while enjoying the fresh air inside your home!
Tip: Spraying the plant occasionally will be beneficial. Do not allow the potting soil to dry out completely. Give the plant regular but small amounts of water.
Conditions: bright light, high humidity
Suggested plants: Ficus lyrata, Phalaenopsis, Tillandsia, Aechmea
“Still Hanging on”, might be what the air plants are saying”. Air plants are famous for thriving without soil, which makes them a popular decorative item. But it’s a mistake to treat your air plant as a hanging decorative object only, remember that it is a living thing. It still needs air, light, and water to survive. A good rule of thumb is to water an air plant once a week. It gets nutrition by absorbing water through its leaves. But if the air in your home is dry, water an air plant more often (every 5 days). In a humid environment, water it every 10 days. Just be careful to not overwater it. Dampness is the main enemy of an air plant.
After watering it, it needs to dry out fully. Yes fully! Shake off any excess water and put them in a bright spot for at least 4 hours. Air plants do best with at least a few hours of bright, indirect sun daily, or placing it 2 feet within an artificial light source is ideal. Their poor little cores will rot if they don’t get to drain and dry out!
The most popular air plant is Tillandsia. For a newbie, this is the easiest plant to grow.
Tip: A sign that you’re over-watering it -- its leaves turn brown or start to look soggy. If the tips of its leaves turn brown and curl, it means it needs more water. But if it turns black, that means it’s rotted and beyond saving. Air plants like several hours a day of bright, indirect light. The happiest air plants live in temperatures that range from 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Condition: Moderate light, high humidity
Suggested plants: cilantro and thyme to basil and oregano.
Herb plants can be decorative plants or a flavor in your dish. Not only will they look great in yourhome, but they’ll also add flavor to your meals year-round. This is why it is a good idea to grow them inside your home.
Herbs thrive in just about any type of soil, require minimal sunlight, and do not require much fertilizer. Also, it only takes a little water to sustain a small herb. It is relatively easy to grow and serves as a low-stakes entry into more substantial edible gardening–all you need is a sunny window. Maximize their exposure by placing them in your brightest window–the bright light of a south-facing window is best.
Growth may be slow in the winter when there isn't much natural light. Don’t worry, you can use a grow light or led light while you wait for spring to arrive. Perennial herbs, such as rosemary, oregano, thyme, chives, bay laurel, and mint are easiest to grow.
Have a stylish-looking kitchen or window while enjoying the fresh herb at your fingertips.
Keep soil slightly moist, but not soggy. Fertilize once or twice a month with a liquid houseplant fertilizer. If you’re a gardening beginner, check this article: herb gardening 101 and be guided on how to start growing herbs.
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