Tips for Creating an Indoor Garden


Bringing the outdoors into your home provides many benefits. The bold colors of your plants will liven up your space. You may enjoy fragrances to lift your spirit and hardworking greenery that helps purify your air quality, depending on the plants you choose. Then, of course, if you choose fruit- or veggie-bearing plants or herbs, you can elevate the quality and taste of your cooking. If you’re ready to exercise your green thumb, these tips will help you cultivate a garden inside your home.

Analyze your space and tastes

Before you head to the garden store or shop online for seeds and plants, take a good look around your home and figure out what space you can dedicate to your indoor garden. Assess the available lighting, which can also determine what plants will thrive in your space. Consider your skill level, too. If you’re a beginner, start small and slow. An indoor garden takes time and attention; you want this to be a joyful pursuit, not a dreaded chore. You can always expand your garden over time.

Gather the right supplies

The containers you use for your plants don’t have to be expensive, pretty, or unique. They just need to be roomy enough that your plants have adequate space to grow, according to Glenda Taylor, writer for BobVila.com. “Typically; ‘greens’ such as lettuce, spinach, and kale need at least 5 inches of soil depth for root development. Peas, beans, cucumbers, peppers, and other small bush or vine plants need a soil depth of at least 7 inches,” she advises.

Although you may have a limitless amount of free dirt in your backyard, it’s best to invest in quality potting mix. The dirt from your backyard is too compact to stimulate easy root development and may also feature unwanted pests, warns Taylor.

Go vertical

Having fresh herbs on hand will be a game-changer in your recipes, especially during winter when it’s harder to find what you need at the store. According to Gemma Johnstone, writer for TheSpruce.com, a healthy herb garden just needs a sunny spot to thrive. “Some easy herbs to grow indoor include basil, rosemary, thyme, and oregano,” she adds.

If your counter space is limited, you can still create a diverse herb garden. You just need to look up and take advantage of your kitchen’s vertical space by creating a hanging herb garden, advises Melissa Epifano, writer for ApartmentTherapy.com.

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