Gardening is a fun solo task to keep you busy and improve your mental well-being, and equally is a unique way to get friends and family excited about something new. We have curated a list of tips for indoor gardening beginners to start their gardening journey. Small space gardening has enjoyed a wealth of popularity in recent years as many are starting to broaden their green-fingered horizons and get stuck into gardening. Whether you have a garden, balcony, or windowsill, gardening is a great hobby to take up; with indoor plants offering a great many benefits, from air purification and stress reduction to simple aesthetics. We don’t want to overwhelm you during your gardening infancy, so here are some straightforward ideas to get you started;
Indoor gardening is a great way to bring some green life into your home and there are plenty of ways to build your very own leafy oasis in a space of any size. Why not try tying some string around small herb pots and hanging them from a corkboard, metallic grid noticeboard, or clothes rail? Hanging terrariums in any form are an easy way to bring some dimension to a room without using up any floor space. Laddered shelves also make an excellent plant display: simply lean any type of laddered shelves against a wall in your home and you’ve gained multiple ledges on which your pots can sit to create a wall of greenery.
Why not start a competition with friends or family to see who is the most naturally gifted gardener? A growth competition is an easy way to give yourself and others a purpose outside of work; a new project to work at and get excited about. Gardening is proven to have restorative powers as you are responsible for the nurture and growth of a living thing, which is important for everyone, but grandparents and children especially.
When indoor gardening beginners feel like venturing to new gardening pastures, it’s important to consider your indoor space before selecting what seeds to sow: how light is the room? How warm is the room? How big is the room? Fresh produce that grows quickly and easily in cooler, dimmer spaces includes lettuce, spinach, and bok choy; all perfect produce for salads. Give indoor vegetable growing a go and see how much better they taste when you know you grew them yourself!
It’s recommended to water houseplants weekly, however, the temperature of the room might also affect how frequently your plants need watering: a warmer room may mean less water is needed, while plants in a cooler room may require more. Indoor gardening tip: for indoor gardening beginners and for more delicate plants, an easy way to not overwater is to place your plant pot on a tray and fill it every now and then with water to allow your plant to absorb only as much water as it needs. When it comes to fertilizer, little and often is a good motto to live by.
Keep your plants near a window where possible and embrace philodendron giganteum care to allow the breeze to strengthen stems. Indoor gardening is ideal, but we don’t want our plants getting weak as they get used to their comfortable surroundings. If you have plants potted on your windowsill, remember to open the window sometimes to allow the breeze to toughen plants up: this will serve your plants well if you ever wish to re-pot them outside.
Herbs can take just one week to grow, ideal for a keen gardening beginner
Ideal for the indoor gardening beginner, annual and biennial herbs like basil, coriander, and parsley can take as little as one week to grow and are some of the lowest maintenance seeds to sow and harvest. Growing best with lots of sunlight and well-drained soil, a well-lit garden or south-facing windowsill makes an ideal herb home. Starting in spring, you can sow new seeds every couple of weeks through to summer to ensure a continuous supply of herbs to sprinkle atop any meal.
To grow mint indoors, sow seeds on the surface of damp compost and add a sprinkling of vermiculite (a commonly used natural mineral) to promote speedy growth. Cover the pot or container with a clear lid or plastic bag and place somewhere bright to create the warm conditions needed for germination. Once germinated, remove the cover and continue growing as normal.