For centuries, people have planted indoor gardens to add character to their homes. And the benefits of an indoor garden go beyond just looks. An indoor garden can provide a calming way to deal with the stress of life. Whether you’ve been thinking about starting an indoor garden for your Albuquerque home, or you have a thriving garden already, here are a couple of tips that can help your garden flourish.
Some might think that because they haven’t had success in the past with plants that they don’t have the “green thumb” their parents had. Better Homes and Gardens, all the way back in 1939, had this to say regarding that belief: “Mother’s and grandmother’s plants grew, not because of green thumbs, but because they were treated as living, feeling beings that required the same common-sense care as the canary or any other house pet.”
You really just need some basics to have a thriving garden. Sunlight and water are an obvious must have, but also consider other factors such as nutrients, cleansing and care to deal with the dry environment of your home. After you take care of these basics, then you’ll be on your way to growing a splendid garden.
Let There Be Light
Placing plants in your home according to how much light they need is essential. Some plants do better in less light. Some plants will die without it. Older homes, especially Victorian era designs, had large bay windows and greenhouses that catered to growing indoor gardens. So if you own a Victorian home, then you shouldn’t have any issue finding enough natural light. Newer homes and apartments are more challenging as there are fewer natural light sources, making it a bit of a challenge. But that challenge can make gardening more fun.
Find windows that face south if you can. This will give more hours of light for your plants to soak up the needed sunlight for photosynthesis. If you only have windows that face North and get less light, try choosing plants that need less light, such as a fern, spider plant, or African violet. Pothos don’t need any light to thrive, in case you have very little to no natural light available.
Get With the Program
Now you need to set up a care routine. Do some research on your plant’s specific needs. Set up a schedule to water and feed your plants with plant food or fertilizer. You may also want to clean the leaves with a damp cloth periodically. Also check for mold or pests as this will indicate if your routine is effective. Make sure to trim or thin out your plants on occasion. Larger plant s may also need to be repotted in larger pots as they grow.
If you don’t have time for all of this, then you can start with plants that don’t require as much attention, such as a cactus, succulents, or bamboo plants. Succulents are a popular choice as they are easy to care for and offer unique textures and colors.
Of course there’s more to consider when it comes to having a thriving indoor garden. But with planning and patience, you can succeed.
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