A Beginner’s Guide to Indoor Gardens

Maybe you live in an apartment and your only option for enjoying gardening is to bring one indoors. Or perhaps you just like the look (and easy care) of small pockets of greenery throughout your home. Whatever the case, if you want to indulge in a new hobby or are trying to change your black thumb to a greener shade by taking things slowly, try your hand at a small contained garden. These days, your indoor options are no longer limited to what character Chia Pet you settle for at the drugstore; there are plenty of inspiring choices. Read on to learn more.


Basics and Benefits

The essential premise behind indoor container gardens is that–you guessed it–they’re self-contained, making them easy to manage, transport, and grow. They offer you a way to make do with your available space, and if you have limited mobility they’re much easier to tend while still allowing you to indulge in a gardening hobby. You can rest assured that what you’re eating is organic because you know everything that’s been used to grow it. Plus, they’re a vibrant way to add life to your home without having to buy bouquets that end up wilted in the garbage after a week. Indoor container gardens are also easy to customize, and there are different types to suit you no matter your gardening goals.


Container Varieties

Now that you know why you might want one of these intriguing setups in your home, it helps to know what you actually have at your disposal. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, and depending on your decorative eye or gardening needs, you have a fun choice to make.


Certain garden types are better suited to different needs, so you’ll have to figure out what you can handle and what look you want. Container gardens, for example, are open, available in a variety of materials, and can accommodate every plant configuration, including herbs, vegetables, flowers, or succulents. Terrariums, like the ones from Botanic Gifts, are sealed, transparent containers with plants growing inside. They function as their own private, self-watering ecosystems and work best with miniature flowering plants, mosses, and other small varieties that thrive in humidity.


There are also hanging gardens that you suspend from your ceiling or mount on the wall, such as the clever, eco-friendly Woolly Pocket. Perfect when you have really limited space, you can grow virtually any plants in a hanging garden. They work especially well if you like draping foliage like ivy, spider plants, or fuchsias. Hanging terrariums are a stylish option and are typically made of glass in interesting ornamental shapes.


Getting Choosy

Determining your needs and the look you’re going for are important factors in deciding what you ultimately bring into your home. Different gardens have different purposes and benefits. For example, terrariums are perfect if you’re the kind of person who never remembers to water plants, while container herb gardens, like the supple wood planter box from Gronomics, work well if you prefer having something to tend. Low on counter space? A hanging garden, like Terrain’s Hanging Bubble, will be perfect. Choosing the right type of container will ensure your success, and most supplies you’ll need, like seedlings, nutrients, and the containers themselves, can be found at your local nursery, hardware store, or online sites like Gardener’s Supply Company.

There are so many beautiful ornamental and edible plants that you can grow inside your home, and there are plenty of ways to grow them, too. Learning more will start you down the path to bountiful plants, a beautified interior, and maybe even a healed thumb.

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