It’s no surprise that gardening is becoming increasingly popular, with some even considering it a kind of therapy. This relieves stress better than other leisure activities and allows us to grow nutritious food, connect with natureand build our own spaces for relaxation and pleasure.
A garden filled with life and abundance can seem like a distant dream if you live in an apartment with no outdoor space. But this is not the case! With these simple indoor garden ideas and tips, you can turn even the smallest room into a piece of heaven.
1. Germinate the seeds
It’s incredibly satisfying to turn seeds into plants, whether from a packet or fresh vegetables. Try sprouting seeds or making an herb garden on your kitchen counter.
When it comes to seed germination, the paper towel approach works well. First, wrap a few seeds in a damp paper towel and store them in a sealed plastic bag. Then, put the bag in a dark, warm place and check it every few days, soaking the paper towel as needed.
You can also use eggshells as seeds. Eggshells are mainly made up of calcium carbonate, one of the minerals essential for plant health. Eggshells feed the soil with calcium and nitrogen as they break down, which the plant’s roots will absorb and use as they grow.
2. Pot plants!
You can grow fresh vegetables, herbs, and many other plants even if you don’t have outdoor space to grow a garden. Container gardening is a great way to grow a variety of plants indoors, and all you need is a few pots, soil, and fertilizer. To get a head start, replant a few seedlings from your local nursery, or you can use seeds if you’re not in a hurry.
3. Create a Japanese moss garden
A Japanese moss garden makes a lovely centerpiece. These beautiful arrangements, known as kokedama, consist of a bulb wrapped in sheet moss and tied with twine. Use a spring bulb, such as a daffodil or tulip, or get creative and use the ball to accommodate an orchid, fern, or other types of exciting succulents.
4. Plant microgreens
Microgreens grow easily and quickly and require little maintenance. They are soft, sweet and fresh, and the roots are edible! These miniature greens are perfect in sandwiches, salads and other dishes.
Take an old casserole dish, soil and vegetable seeds. Any seed will do, although beets, kale, peas, sunflowers, broccoli and radishes are popular choices due to their high nutrient content. Then plant the seeds in a thin layer of soil and keep the dish in a warm, moist environment until they germinate. Finally, simply water, harvest and repeat once the seeds have germinated.
They can also be grown outdoors in the shade during the summer, although they should be misted three times a day if you live in an arid region.
5. Regrow your vegetable scraps
While some plants seem ready to die, others will do anything to keep growing. If given a chance, certain items in your fridge (like onions) will continue to grow!
Once planted, most vegetable scraps grow roots and continue to thrive, giving you more bang for your buck. Romaine lettuce is a popular article for this project – give it a few inches of water, and it will sprout new leaves in days! This way you can also regrow green onions, celery, bok choy and cilantro. Other products that regrow quickly include ginger, onions, garlic, potatoes, and even pineapples.
6. Plant a Vertical Herb Garden
You can squeeze a few extra plants onto your shelf or windowsill, but eventually you’ll run out of surfaces to put new plants on. In this case, you can create a vertical garden. Items like ladders, pallets, a wire rack, trellis, reclaimed wood, or pipes can be used to create vertical plant displays, helping you pack even more greenery into your home.
Since herbs don’t need as much soil as other plants, they are ideal candidates for a vertical garden. Put your herbs in mason jars or aluminum cans and secure them to your vertical display.
Decoration tip: Paint your vertical display and jars to bring a splash of color to any room.
7. Create a Miniature Fairy Garden
Fairy gardens are enchanting! These pretty little gardens are made up of natural, living plants, take up very little space and are claims to bring good luck in your home. It’s the perfect small-scale gardening project to inspire kids, though adults will enjoy growing a garden and deciding which miniature feature to add next!
With a fairy garden, you can quickly start small and use whatever materials you have on hand. Even a cracked ceramic pot could be the perfect home for your new garden. You can get complex when it comes to decorating your garden. For example, some people add a mini hobbit house, bridges, bunnies, mushrooms, and even tiny string lights!
8. A balcony vegetable garden
Growing a crop of vegetables on a small balcony or patio is surprisingly easy! Lettuce, tomatoes, spinach – the new gardener’s best friends – and several other healthy delicacies like cucumbers, carrots and squash grow well in pots and thrive on your balcony. Microgreens are also a great addition to your garden balcony.
9. A small DIY terrarium
Terrariums, like fairy gardens, are miniature worlds in which one can quickly get lost. Succulents are fantastic terrarium residents as they require lots of light; thus, enclosed under glass is ideal. Terrarium plants thrive in bright rooms but out of direct sunlight since the glass display case acts as a mini greenhouse. Terrariums can also be hung from the ceiling to save space!
Use recycled glassware to make your terrarium distinctive. by Emma Hardy “Teeny Tiny Gardening” book recommend to use bulbsglass goblets, jars, and even books can be used as unique houses for small plants.
To learn how to build a terrarium from scratch, watch the tutorial below.
10. A Succulent Garden
Grow succulents in a piece of driftwood or a hollowed out log for a unique, inexpensive, and natural container. A nearby park or beach and a garden center are good places to look for suitable wood. A drill will also be needed to dig out a home for your plants.
Natural wood planters are suitable for indoor and outdoor spaces. They can be installed on a balcony or porch, hung from your kitchen or bathroom ceiling, or used to create a forest-inspired nook in your home.
Decoration tip: When creating your succulent garden, combine it with mini cacti and herbs.