When people think about gardening, the overwhelming responsibilities first come to mind. Plants are living beings and tending to them requires a lot of care, just like pets.
But to make them grow, they only require three main things: sunlight, proper watering, and a substrate. Plenty of indoor plants nowadays are low-maintenance too, therefore not requiring meticulous steps to tend to them.
You can get into indoor gardening for many reasons. It includes and is not limited to stress relief, a new hobby, decor, and health benefits. It's actually nowhere near as overwhelming as it might sound and you can always do it yourself with a bit of research, planting kits, or with the help of professionals too.
Here we list the types of indoor gardens that you could try out at your own home or apartment. These indoor gardens can be placed on your floor, windowsill, hung from the ceiling, or attached to your wall.
As the name suggests, this consists of an array of plants that can be grown in containers or pots.
Among the indoor gardens you can do, this is by far the simplest. Ornamental and herbal plants such as cacti, philodendrons, succulents, and ferns are perfect for these. Recently, many indoor potted plants have grown popular due to the pandemic when people were stuck at home. Among these are the snake plants, ficus, Swiss cheese plants, spider plants, and flowering plants.
You can line smaller potted plants by your windowsill or railings. It can also be placed atop a fireplace, shelves, countertops, desks, or as a centerpiece for tables. Medium to large potted plants is best placed in room corners, near the entryway, and spaces beneath shelves.
With the right equipment, you can also hang potted plants from the ceiling, above doors, or near windows.
Vertical wall gardens
A vertical garden is a good option especially when you have limited space or only wish to place plants in a few parts or walls in your home. This is doable through various methods that can match your spatial limitations and aesthetic preferences. Plants best suited for this are potted plants, moss, grass, ferns, or vines.
Rows of racks and easel shelves attached to or placed by the wall can be lined with an assortment of potted plants and vines. Matching your plant containers to the material of the rack or shelf can easily make your vertical wall garden Instagram and picture-ready.
A minimalist feel is also achievable through having an entire section of your wall lined with mosses (i.e sheet moss, preserved reindeer moss, pillow moss). Plenty of landscaping companies or even online services can provide moss for this intent. This kind of setup gives an entire slate of green on your wall that can be relaxing and pleasing to look at.
The hydroponic garden is a good choice for those who are into cooking and alternative medicine. Fruits and vegetables are the kinds of plants that are mostly used in hydroponics. Some plants best grown through hydroponics are cucumbers, leafy vegetables (i.e. spinach, kale, basil), tomatoes, and ginger.
However, figuring out what kind of hydroponics system best suits you and your home might require more research. The plants that you want to grow can also affect your decision on it because certain plants might require a specific hydroponic system for better yield.
Some different hydroponic systems you can choose from include aeroponics, drip, ebb and flow, nutrient film technique (NFT), water culture, and wicking. The supplies you would need for hydroponics gardening are water, water pump and tubing, plants, support structures, nutrient solutions, reservoir, and light.
Undeniably, hydroponics can be a bit tricky to figure out at first. But information gathering and the right research on starting a hydroponics garden can go a long way. Soon enough, you can have your own.
The benefits of an indoor garden are on your overall health
Plants in nature can cycle oxygen back into the air. Their presence and abundance within a room can greatly improve air quality and give it a fresher feel. Many studies have also proven this along with how plants can reduce indoor pollution as well.
Helping and being able to make plants grow often give us a sense of pride and achievement. With the amount of time one would spend on tending to their plants, there is satisfaction from seeing good foliage. Psychological studies also state that planting has significant positive effects on human comfort and psyche.
We can also economically benefit from these plants especially if we are growing kitchen staples. Not only does it help us save on groceries and is sustainable, but it also reassures us that we know how organic is the food we bring to the table.
Indoor gardening impacts both our physical and mental health for the better, which are very good reasons why you should take up this activity for yourself.