Not everyone is lucky enough to benefit from an outside space at home. If you live in a flat or an apartment without a garden you may only have very limited outdoor space, like a balcony.
If the thought of gardening indoors feels a little unusual, don’t worry we will take you through the basics of creating your very own indoor garden.
House plants have grown in popularity recently as people have been spending more time indoors and want to create their own oasis or sanctuary to enjoy.
There have been a number of scientific studies and research about the positive effects of nature and engaging with nature for our physical and mental wellbeing. Having plants in your home has a surprising number of positives.
6 Benefits of Having Plants In Your Home
- They improve the quality of indoor air
- They add more humidity to the home
- They boost your mood and mental health
- They reduce your stress levels
- They reduce fatigue
- They improve your productivity and concentration
Growing Herbs Indoors
Herbs are often seen as an entry level into gardening, perfect for small spaces and with the added benefit of a sensory aspect through smell and taste as you can use them in your cooking. The natural place for growing your herbs is likely to be your kitchen, windowsill herb gardens are a popular choice to utilise both space and light for optimal growing conditions.
Seed packets for herbs are sold at garden centres and online. Make sure that you pay attention to the recommended time to sow the seeds to get the best possible results.
Indoor herb garden ideas
Herbs to grow indoors:
There are a number of different containers that you can choose for your herbs:
Or you may want to buy a kitchen herb garden kit which comes with the pots, tray and seeds to get you started.
Growing Vegetables at Home
You may not have considered growing vegetables indoors but there is no reason that you can’t have an indoor vegetable garden.
What are the easiest vegetables to grow?
What to Grow Vegetables In
You may be wondering about the sort of containers you can use to grow your own vegetables, especially as space is precious. You will need pots with a drainage hole and containers that allow drainage and so you will also want to invest in trays and dishes to place them on to prevent water leaks.
Salad greens do not need a lot of depth to grow so you will only need to look for something 2-4 inches deep, carrots thrive in deep soil so it’s important to choose the smaller carrot varieties and a long container like a window box for the best results.
A living wall garden
Yes, it is possible to have a living wall indoors, you will need to invest in a living wall planter but an indoor plant wall is not as unusual as it sounds. It will also provide a perfect talking point for visitors.
Also known as vertical gardens or green walls , they have become a popular gardening trend in recent years. Although they are often used outside, indoor living walls are an option for those who do not have the space outside or who want to create a feature within their home.
You can buy living wall systems which are easy to install modular systems that provide you with the spaces to plant and create your very own green wall.
This is a more time consuming option and potentially more expensive but if you do not want to create one yourself there are a number of artificial plant walls that give the same effect without the need for diy.
Different types of indoor garden for your home
If you feel like being creative with your indoor garden, then here are some ideas for you:
Indoor gardening tools
The great thing about indoor gardening is that you don’t need lots of expensive tools. Think about the basics, a small watering can, gloves to prevent getting soil on your hands when you are repotting, a spray bottle or plant mister, gardening scissors and small gardening tools. You won’t need full size tools as everything is on a smaller scale. You can find some great indoor gardening tool sets online.
Indoor House Plant Ideas
Overwatering and underwatering are both common reasons that house plants fail to flourish. Knowing how to care for your plants is key to success. We have listed some indoor plant ideas for you.
- Peace lily also called Spathe Flower or White Sails
- Pothos – Devil’s ivy
- Chamaedorea elegans; Neanthe bella palm; Parlour palm
- Sansevieria also known as snake plant or mother in law’s tongue
- Chlorophytum comosum more commonly called the spider plant
- Aloe barbadensis known as Aloe Vera
- Gynura aurantiaca more commonly called purple passion or velvet plant
- Epipremnum aureum – Golden Pothos
- Tradescantia zebrina – wandering dude
If you want to choose your plants online and have them delivered directly to your home then you can use patch plants or beards and daisies, both offer the option to search and filter your plants to suit you.