There are many known benefits to building an indoor garden. Cooking with freshly sprouted herbs can be a delight and applying homegrown aloe to sunburned skin feels even more soothing when you’ve sowed the seeds yourself! Gardening is about more than that, though. It brings a certain tranquility to our lives and satisfies our human nature to nurture. You can learn a lot by starting an indoor garden and there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of raising a healthy family of plants!
Step 1: Seeds
The first step in building any garden is getting a hold of the seeds. Start with some simple seeds; practical herbs such as basil, cilantro or parsley will do the trick. Common houseplants are a great option as well. They’re easy to nurture and add a certain feng shui to your home. Acquire seeds online or at your local farmer’s market!
Step 2: Potting Soil
This is a simple step if you don’t mind getting your hands a bit dirty. Soil can be purchased at any home or garden store. If you like, you may purchase small pots for your plants, but there are more affordable options if you want to get a little creative. Small containers, such as yogurt cups or sliced plastic water bottles, are the perfect size for indoor seed growth. Just be sure to poke holes in the bottom of each container for water filtration.
Step 3: Warmth and Light
Light is only necessary once plants grow above the soil. In the beginning, warmth is all that matters. A windowsill is the ideal spot for proper warmth and light. You can also plant in the basement or garage because they provide great insulation. Just be sure the plants receive sufficient light. There may be some trial and error involved in the initial placement of your plants. You don’t want too much moisture or heat coming in our out. Too much heat or light will result in dry, wilting plants. A lack of heat or light will only produce sparse growth. Fluorescent lights are perfect for vegetables while incandescent light are better for house plants like vines and ferns.
Step 4: Water
Like any living thing, plants require just the right amount of nutrition. Not too much, not too little. Use a spray bottle in order to avoid over-watering. Upon purchasing your seeds, there may be a recommendation for the proper amount of water, but the trick is really just to make sure the soil remains modestly moist. A few sprays of water each day will ensure a healthy plant but missing a day or two wouldn’t be disastrous. Be sure to place some dry newspaper or plastic underneath your pots so you don’t make a mess. Don’t place plants near carpet or cloth if you wish to avoid mold build-up or pest problems.
Step 5: Growth
Enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor and watch your plants come to life! Remember to follow proper maintenance steps to ensure your garden grows and thrives. Maintaining a small indoor garden is a great hobby that spices up any room, so have fun and reap the benefits of your garden!