How to Start an Indoor Garden

Whether you are a seasoned gardener frustrated by short growing seasons or a complete beginner with no outdoor space for traditional garden, moving your plants into your house or apartment is definitely possible, and isn’t that hard to do!

 

If you’re a new gardener wanting to start small, indoor gardening is a great option, especially if you don’t have a yard or other outdoor space for gardening. Similarly, if you’re well-versed in traditional outdoor gardening but want to continue through the winter when it’s too cold and dark outside, indoor gardening is a great way to keep a part of your garden going throughout the year.

 

It does require some special equipment – you’ll need some type of planter to house your garden and most likely a grow light to supplement whatever natural light you can find in your house or apartment. Additionally, you might find that some other accessories, like a watering globe if you often forget to water your plants, can come in handy.

 

When it comes to picking plants for your indoor garden, the most important thing to remember is that the garden is inside – all your favorite outdoor garden plants may not do as well when moved into your home. Think about what kind of light you have and where it’s coming from, as some plants require more than others. Plants that require less water may also be easier for new gardeners who find themselves forgetting to water regularly. You should also consider what types of plants you want to grow: flowers or other greenery for decoration? Herbs that you can add when cooking? Different types of plants will have different requirements, so do your research!

 

There are lots of benefits to keeping plants in your home – cleaner air, improved mood, and increased humidity levels, just to name a few. Although scientists disagree about the numbers, most agree that house plants help provide some detoxification, reducing your risk of illness and keeping the air in your home clean. Your mood can also be affected – in a positive way! Studies have shown that people who spend some time caring for plants are more empathetic, compassionate, and have stronger relationships. Keeping plants in your home can also help you feel calmer and more optimistic – two great benefits for your mood! Additionally, keeping several plants together can raise the humidity level of a room, helping prevent irritation and respiratory problems caused by dry air and dust.

 

So do your research and find a plant or two that will work with the lighting and humidity level of your home, and get to planting!

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