Gardening 101: Your Own Indoor Garden

Written by: /Monday, Jun 22, 2015 03:46 AM

Go natural and spruce up your home with lovely greens or dainty floral arrangements. If you’re unsure about how to go about it, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Start with Seeds

Of course you can always head to the nearest garden centers to purchase your plants; but another way to start your garden is to buy seeds online. It’s also the thriftier option as seeds cost less, plus you have a wider selection of plants to choose from.

If you’re still planning to go to a store to choose off the rack, make a list of the kind of plants you want around your home before you leave(Herbs? Succulents? Topiaries? Flowers?). Once there, pick the ones that have firm, healthy foliage and stay away from plants that have more stem than leaves.

Get Creative with Containers

A fun thing to do is to recycle things you already have in your home. Anything from yogurt containers to wine crates (for windowsill plants) to tin cans to glass bowls can hold your plants and add character to your rooms. If you’re planning to grow herbs, you can use mason jars.

Keep in mind that the size of your containers should be about the same size as or two inches bigger than the one your plants came in. Make sure that they have holes at the bottom to allow the water to drain, and remember to place the containers on top of a glazed saucer to keep your floors dry.

Let There Be Light

Be aware of what kind of light your plants need. If it needs direct light, that means it needs to be exposed to bright sunlight six or more hours a day. On the other hand, indirect or low light means it will survive in a room with ambient light. It’s also beneficial to your plants to have them exposed to artificial lighting such as CFLs and LEDs. Keep it six inches above, adjusting the position of the light as the plants grow taller.

Position Your Plants

Where you position your plants will depend on what kind they are and what sort of light they need. Ferns in a matte pot make for a charming bedside decoration; not only do they look pretty, they’re also low-maintenance since they survive on indirect light. Mini cacti and succulents, meanwhile, look lovely on the windowsill where they will receive the direct sunlight they need. 

Water with Care

The danger in watering your plants is that you can go either over or under what’s necessary. The best way to find out if it’s enough is to stick your finger into the soil – it should be moist all the way through. Check it every day to make sure your plants are hydrated. And make sure you saturate the soil until water leaks out from the drainage holes at the bottom. For newly planted seedlings, you would be better off using a mist bottle so that it doesn’t drown in too much water.

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