Add plants to every room in your home – The Ukiah Daily Journal

Gardeners know the benefits of digging in the ground. It elevates a person’s mood, improves mental and physical well-being, and the result is always good – added beauty or tasty nutritious food. But many of us are stuck indoors for the winter, running out of space to garden outside, or just can’t get enough of this healthy activity. Adding greenery indoors expands our gardening possibilities and provides the many benefits of living with and caring for plants.

Let’s start with the kitchen. Boost the flavor and nutrition of winter meals by growing leafy greens and herbs in a sunny window or under a cabinet using an LED Growbar light. Start plants from seed or buy transplants to grow them indoors. Place your indoor vegetable garden in a well-lit area with no cold drafts and easy access for harvesting and use. Then invite the whole family and even your guests to harvest green vegetables for their salad and herbs to season their meals. It is sure to turn gatherings of family and friends into unique and memorable experiences.

Include plants in your home or office. Greenery helps reduce stress even when you’re working at your desk or doing homework at the end of a long day. Place a few plants on or near your desk or other workspace. And don’t let a lack of light stop you from growing some green stress relief. Energy-efficient and stylish full-spectrum plant lights, like the Felt Pendant Grow Light (modsprout.com), match any decor, direct light where it’s needed, and promote healthy plant growth.

Take advantage of the high humidity in your bathroom. Grow ferns, orchids, bromeliads, and other moisture-loving plants in this space. Consider these and other low-light plants like cast iron, pothos, and philodendron if natural light is limited. Imagine stepping out of the shower into a mini tropical zone. What a great way to wind down your day.

Get a good night’s sleep with some homemade aromatherapy in the bedroom. Grow lavender, rosemary, chamomile, and other soothing herbs in your bedroom in front of a sunny window, on a shelf, or any bright place with natural or artificial light. Just be sure to give the plants a pet to release their scent into the air before you crawl into bed for a long, restful sleep.

Bring the garden into your living room. Create your own miniature tropical, moss, or desert garden in a terrarium that serves as a focal point in any living space or centerpiece on the dining room table. Use an open terrarium for succulents and other plants that need air circulation, lower humidity, and room to grow. Use closed systems for mosses and tropical plants that benefit from the high humidity and condensation that provide continuous watering. Select systems like the Biodôme Botanica that minimize maintenance and provide easy access for maintaining mini-ecosystems.

Now is a great time to consider redesigning your home decor to include greenery in every space. You and your family will enjoy better air quality, a good mood, reduced stress and the many other benefits of plants.

Melinda Myers is the author of over 20 gardening books and host of The Great Courses How to Grow Anything DVD series. Her website, www.MelindaMyers.com, offers gardening tips and videos.