Breathe In: An Easy Guide to Blissful Indoor Gardening
While there are people fortunate enough to have sprawling gardens or small backyards, those who live in smaller homes or more compact spaces such as apartments and condominiums often don’t have the luxury of space to create their own green retreats. However, the benefits of having live plants incorporated in the space are tremendous! We present you with these easy suggestions on how to enjoy the wonders of indoor gardening in your home, no matter the size.
Terrariums have been the trend for quite sometime when it comes to urban gardening. Compared to ordinary house plants that require a significant amount of attention and maintenance, terrariums are easy to create, affordable, and require little to no effort to maintain. Plus, terrariums with lids are able to recycle water and create an ecosystem-like atmosphere where the plants can live and thrive all on their own. Remember, if you’re creating your own terrarium, with small cuttings of your favorite plants that have similar care instructions.
Dish gardens have been around for years—you might recognize them as the small terracotta square pots often used as small zen gardens filled with sand and stones that come with little wooden rakes. Dish gardens are often placed in shallow, open containers, and are filled with stones, gravel, soil, and greens. Succulents would be your best bet for this type. These require little to no maintenance, just make sure to spritz them with a bit of water two to three times a week to keep the plants healthy.
With space becoming more premium, vertical gardening becomes more common, where one can use walls for planting. This means you can grow plants up and out, instead of just in pots. Though greening your space will require some skill, your plants will thrive with patience and proper care. If you have the budget, there are specialists who can install an irrigation system for your green wall. If you opt to DIY, you can purchase hanging planters online or from garden supply stores. Wilcon Home Depot has a great gardening section you can check out. Steel mesh works great for this option.
Whether it be a small row of potted plants by your kitchen windowsill or a fully functional kitchen herbwell, having edible greenery growing near your cooking space is a smart, functional, and elegant way to sneak some gardening into your daily routine. You can start with seeds, fertile soil, and clay pots, or simply purchase young seedlings or mature plants from your nearest gardening supplies store. When your herbs have grown to full maturity, a good number of them can be snipped off the top and planted again into rich fertile soil. Soon enough, you’ll have a large collection of potted herbs you can use for your dishes or give out as gifts to family and friends.
For a more in-depth tutorial on creating lush compact gardens, MyHome recommends attending Cedarhills Garden Center‘s dish gardening and terrarium making workshops. Find Cedarhills Garden Center on Facebook to learn more.