As the weather gets colder and the seasons begin to change, many gardens will be left untouched. Every year, it is difficult to maintain a garden through the winter months, because conditions outside can be hazardous, especially for older people. That’s why indoor gardening is such a great solution. Creating an indoor garden in your home is a brilliant way to enjoy your favourite hobby safely throughout the winter. By following these useful tips, you can create the perfect indoor garden for yourself.
1. Purchase a basic gardening toolset
Make sure to have some gloves, a hand trowel, hand fork and a small watering can. These tools will be all you need for some light indoor gardening. Eventually, you might want to invest in some more advanced equipment like a mister or even grow lights. To begin with, however, the essentials will do just fine.
2. Get potting soil and planter boxes
Look for a potting soil mix that contains vermiculite or perlite; both help retain moisture. Certain plants require certain soils, most of which can easily be easily found online or in your local garden store. Make sure that the planter boxes fit the area where the indoor garden is going to go and are not too heavy to lift. With this in mind, plastic planter boxes are the best choice.
3. Find the best location for your indoor garden
Make sure that the location is within easy reach and can be easily maintained. Windowsills are a great choice, as they receive a lot of sunlight. Putting your plant on a side table and placing it near the window is another option if there are no windowsills in the house. Just make sure that your indoor garden doesn’t obstruct any walkways or pose a trip hazard. There are also many plants that do not require sunlight and will bloom wherever you put them.
4. Choose your plants
Next, it’s time to choose your plants. From fruit and veg to herbs and flowers, the possibilities are endless. For indoor gardening beginners, the best plants to grow are herbs, greens, cherry tomatoes, and microgreens. These will help you to keep up with your gardening hobby and provide you with healthy ingredients for your meals too! If you aren’t interested in growing your own produce, you can also choose some low-maintenance plants like a peace lily, Boston fern, spider plant, and lucky bamboo.
5. Have fun with your new indoor garden
Above all else, enjoy your new hobby! Indoor gardening is a fantastic way to enjoy growing your own plants safely throughout the winter. Both you and your plants can avoid the cold frost and ice, staying safe and warm in the comfort of your home.
Did you know: research suggests that gardening can help alleviate anxiety, stress, and depression? What’s more, gardening can be great exercise too. With indoor gardening, you can look after your mental and physical health all year round.
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Editor’s Note: This article was updated on 6th December 2021 to reflect current information.