Are you dreaming of that lush patch of green but you do not have enough space to grow it? We all know that growing plants or mini gardens inside your home has a lot of benefits. Not only will they give you clean air and fresh organic produce, it also beautifies your house and gives that homey feel.
Here are some tips on how to start a garden under your roof.
- Think Space Smart
If you only have a small space to grow your garden, you should think through where to place your greens. If you’re thinking of growing tomatoes, you can place them on a window sill or on a table. For enthusiasts, they may set up dedicated shelves, like a bench or a table to put their plants on. Just keep in mind that when you use shelves, make sure that your plants get adequate light for it to grow.
- Light Considerations
Light is essential to all plants for it to make their own food. Without enough light, your plants may not thrive. I you are growing vegetables, then you may not expect a high yield. Plants that are placed even on a window sill may not get enough light on winter season, so you may want to consider other light sources or purchase a grow light. Light source should be as close as possible, but be careful as it may also burn the leaves. Most plants grow best if they are given 14-16 hours of sunlight.
- Choosing Your Plants
Almost all kinds of plants and vegetables can be grown indoors- as long as they don’t grow too big. However, you should consider growing plants with similar light, humidity and watering needs. Examples of plants that are likely to grow and flourish indoors include salad greens, peppers, cherry tomatoes, onions, and kale. Some herbs grow well indoors as well. Examples of which are basil, parsley, cilantro, oregano, catmint, and rosemary. If you want to grow fruits indoors, you can plant strawberries, blueberries, citrus, and dwarf varieties of apples. Flower-bearing plants make your home aesthetically pleasing. Some flowers that can grow well indoors are roses, petunia, marigold, geranium, and Shasta daisies. You can buy seeds and grow them indoors.
Indoor plants need a good healthy, loose and a growing media that drains well. It should also have organic matter that holds the nutrients and moisture. Using outdoor soil isn’t really recommended because they may carry pests and insects that can actually harm your budding interior garden. Frequent watering is very important since all your plants are potted and they dry out more quickly. Use room-temperature water and avoid water collecting at the bottom of your pot or cups as they will become susceptible to diseases which can lead to rotting. Using compost and plant fertilizers will boost the nutrients needed for your garden.
Interior gardening is becoming a trend especially in urban places. It feels refreshing to see plants in and around your home after a tiring day in the city. So if you don’t have much space or a patch of land where you can plant your own garden, then interior gardening is your best option.