Don’t have room for an outdoor garden? Maybe you have physical limitations, or not enough time to devote to a traditional garden. Indoor gardening brings you many of the benefits of outdoor gardening, but with fewer physical demands and the added benefit of enhancing your living space with live energy.
Plan For Easy Maintenance
Indoor gardening requires regular attention. Because the plants are grown in containers, they require fairly frequent watering and feeding. Grouping your containers together, or placing plants in areas near the areas you spend most of your time, can make it easier for you to care for them. You will also need to assemble the proper supplies and equipment and designate a place for them that will make it easy to find what you need. You won’t need much, but you should have a watering can with a long pour spout and a good pair of clippers. Also keep water soluble plant food on hand and a few rags for wiping up the occasional spilled drops of water.
There are many easy care plants available for indoor gardening. If you are prone to neglect your plants, start with these and don’t be seduced by the showy ferns. Snake plants are an especially good choice for inattentive gardeners – I once found a snake plant I’d forgotten I had behind some boxes that had been stacked in a corner and left. The soil was so dry it had turned gray, but the plant was still alive and even started growing again once I watered and fed it. Now that’s hardy!
Flowers, while less common for indoor gardening because of lighting issues, can be included in your indoor gardening plan. African violets and orchids are good choices for container flowers. In winter, try forcing bulbs for an expected but welcome bit of early spring. Forcing bulbs can be especially rewarding if you live in a northern are where gray skies and gray landscapes are the norm for several months of the year.
These have become a really fun part of indoor gardening. Plant containers can be an accessory in themselves, from the earthy look of red clay flowerpots, to sleek ceramic pots in colors to complement your furniture, to containers that you hand paint and adorn with beads or mosaic work. Consider unexpected containers for your plants as well. Anything from a tin bucket to an old copper mixing bowl can be turned into a plant container. Try pewter goblets for small plants, or a glass punch bowl filled with beautiful beads for your orchid. The possibilities are limited only by your willingness to experiment.