Indoor gardening for the eco-responsible

Gardening is a great way to add beauty to your home, add color to your life, and enjoy the feeling of cultivating life. Not everyone has the garden space to do it all; for those of us with unsuitable backyards or certified apartment living, indoor gardening can be just as satisfying and respectful of nature than outdoor gardening. So what’s the best way to feed your green thumb indoors?

What to grow

One of the first questions an indoor gardener should ask is “what should I grow?” Not all outdoor plants do well indoors, and not all plants serve the same purpose. Ask yourself, “what is my main goal with gardening?” »

Beauty

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For some, a beautiful plant is something that blooms, while others enjoy the simple grace of succulents. Good plants for an apartment and other interior spaces start with succulents, which are not only hot with interior designers, but low-maintenance for people with reduced mobility. At the end of the size spectrum, smaller trees, like a ficus, can add a lot of beauty to your home. Some plants, like peace lilies, bloom in low light conditions and can brighten up a dark corner. Draping vines, like a philodendron, can brighten up shelves and are ideal for beginning gardeners. Hanging plants can bring a touch of greenery to high, bare spots in your home. Spider plants and ferns work well in hanging pots.

Air purification

Indoor plants can do great things for your air quality. English ivy, spider plants, bamboos and mother-in-law’s tongue all remove impurities from the air. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue has the added benefit of being a hardy succulent that can grow in just about any type of space, making it ideal for beginners.

Food

Want to be a chef? An indoor herb garden can not only brighten up your home, but add a little extra to your culinary masterpieces with fresh ingredients. Some best indoor herb garden plants include basil, bay leaf, oregano and parsley. Basil and oregano go very well with Italian dishes, and both need a bit of sunshine. Parsley also loves sunlight, and berry loves air circulation.

Environmentally friendly practices

Your indoor garden isn’t complete without an eye for eco-friendly practices. While growing your own food (or in this case, herbs) can already help you reduce food waste, there’s so much more you can do. Of course, reusing potential waste, like potting containers, is a must. You can also use potential scraps, like egg cartons, as planters. Popsicles or food sticks like corn dogs can be used as markers or stakes to help your plants grow upwards.

Use leftover cooking or drinking water to care for your plants, reducing water waste. For fertilization, add eggshells, tea leaves or ground coffee to your soil. For an eco-friendly (and animal-friendly) insect repellent, use a combination of soap and water instead of chemical pesticides. Your pets will thank you, especially if you have one that can’t be trusted to stay away from anything they see fit to investigate.

With an eye on the environment, your indoor gardening can bring color and flavor to your life, as well as peace of mind.