Like traditional homes with a garden in the back yard, indoor gardens can actually be pretty complicated if you have no idea how to maintain them, or worse, if you don’t know anything about gardening.
Growing indoor plants can have numerous positive effects on your body and also enhances the ambiance of your home. Developers like Louie Santaguida build homes that are eco-friendly, and as a condo-dweller you can also do your part for the environment.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make a small garden in your condo:
- Look for a spot – before you plant anything, you first have to find a spot where you can place your plants. It needs to be in a place that gets enough sunlight, such as near the windows. Also, depending on the plant that you choose to grow, the terrace may be a perfect spot for your little garden.
- Pick (a) plant/s to grow – picking a plant can be a bit tricky, especially if you have no idea what plants do well indoors. If you don’t know what to pick, you can always ask for a recommendation from a sales keeper, or a gardener so that they can give you the appropriate tips on where to find that specific plant. If you want to grow some vegetables, that is ok too.
Once you have found the plant that you want to grow, make sure that it gets the right amount of sunlight everyday, so that it stays healthy. Or if you find yourself running to the supermarket more than once in a week for spices and herbs, why not try planting your own? This will be a great way to start testing your abilities and save up on a lot of cash.
- Check the temperature – Plants will not survive if you place them in an area under direct sunlight for too long. It is okay to place them in areas where sun can reach the plant, but also have enough shade for when it becomes too hot. If you have no other place to put them, then you may want to look into growing plants that are built to withstand high heat temperatures, like a cactus. Cacti actually makes good first plants, because are pretty tough.
- Purchase some pots with well draining soil – this type of soil is actually not considered “real” soil. It is called well-draining, simply because when you pour water on the plant, the water will not pool, which means that it will not be possible for the plant to drown. Since these are specifically for indoors, this type of soil is a lot better and more recommended.
One last thing to remember – don’t be frustrated if your first attempt at indoor gardening doesn’t work out. It’s not rocket science but it can be difficult for newbies. Just keep trying and soon you’ll become a pro at it. Good luck!