I’m an avid gardener! I love to watch things grow from seed to plant, then produce food for myself and my family. Recently, I’ve been taking these adventures indoors and in my room, a sunny space perfect for growing plants. Right now, I have some arugula, tomatoes, and basil and succulents growing. It’s such a satisfying feeling to be able to see sprouts budding after hard work!
Indoor gardening helps the bees because when you put the plants outside, when they have flowered, you provide food for the pollinators as well as reaping the benefits yourself. It’s a win-win! It also corresponds with our mission, which is to spread bee – friendly plants around the globe. Read more about how I carried out my mission here.
Here, I’m going to help you keep those plants alive, giving you five tips to get you started on indoor gardening.
1. Indoor gardening is easier than imagined.
Indoor gardening is not only easy once you get the hang of it, but also diverse. You don’t have to be growing food, you could have succulents, or houseplants that are advertised as low-watering. Or, you can choose easy plants like mint to grow attached to the ceiling, and other herbs to add some spice to your house and meals. It doesn’t have to be an exotic plant terrarium like this #goals house. (A considered life instagram). Start simple and grow your way up.
2. Indoor gardening doesn’t have to be expensive, either.
One of my favorite equations…food scraps = plants. For a couple weeks, (before I ate it!) I had a celery stalk growing from food scraps. Simply take the end of the celery, what you normally don’t eat, and place it in a shallow dish of water. Leave alone for a few weeks for some low maintenance gardening. See more tips here!
3. More about that economical…
Buy three different sizes of ceramic pots, (a good price at Michaels), and plant a seed in the small one, place a sprout (such as a kitchen scrap) in the medium one, and place a taller plant in the largest. As each one graduates, pass each one through the pots as they grow, then start putting your plants outside!
4. Life hacks.
Small sprouts are very delicate and can’t be pushed down by a watering can’s hard blast of water. Instead, find a spray bottle and water the plant like that. Don’t forget the drainage trays underneath!
5. Having doubts? This may push you on the indoor gardening bandwagon.
Did you know indoor plants have been known to reduce headaches and stress and also clean the air of your home? And during a study of a group of people who had a plant on their desk and nonplanters, the people with life on the desk performed better on tests? No more needs to be said on that one!
Are you already an indoor gardener? Share your pics with me!
What are you waiting for? Get your green thumb on!
Also: our gardening mission.