At this time of year, everyone talks about planning their spring garden and sowing seeds inside. Gardens are wonderful life givers and a great way to give back to your family and to the Earth. The fruits and vegetables grown in your garden not only nourish your body, they also nourish your soul. While outdoor gardens are truly wonderful on so many levels, plants can also have incredible benefits when you grow them indoors. Indoor gardening is one of the many known ways to improve indoor air qualityan important step in achieving optimal health in most homes.
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Did you know that according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor levels of many air pollutants can be 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels? In some cases, indoor levels of these air pollutants can be more than 100 times higher than outdoor levels. It’s time to open some windows!
The reason indoor air pollutants are such a concern is that most people spend up to 90% of their time indoors. Some sources of indoor air pollutants can include burning kerosene, wood or oil, smoking tobacco products, releases from household cleaners, pesticides, building materials, radon and more again. If you don’t take steps to remove these pollutants from your indoor air, your health can suffer. So if your home is like most homes with poor air quality, adding indoor plants to your home is a great way to start solving the problem.
Starting an indoor garden can benefit your home in many ways. The plants can
- Helps improve indoor air quality
- Add a unique touch to your home decor
- Reduce your grocery bill – if you grow edible plants!
There are so many beautiful and unique ways to keep plants in your home – you’re no longer relegated to simple pots and planters. From vertical gardens to hanging planters to upcycled containers, there’s sure to be an indoor gardening planter that catches your eye and your sense of style.
Check out these 15 unique ways to start indoor gardening and take the first step to improving the indoor air quality in your home – and add some beauty while you’re at it!
Build it and the plants will come
If you are designing a new home, consider bringing the greenhouse in your house. There is no need to build a greenhouse outside when it can be part of the house itself. An indoor greenhouse is a great way to bring a ton of air-purifying plants into your home. You can even incorporate edible plants into the indoor greenhouse design so you can just walk up to your window and choose the ingredients for a delicious salad! It is the ideal design for indoor gardening.
Pipes aren’t just for plumbing
There are many ways to turn common PVC pipes into unique indoor planters.
Climb the walls
There are many unique ways to create planters that will adorn your walls.
- This leather and wood trellis allows you to cover an entire wall with the plants of your choice.
- Recycle old soda bottles into something unique vertical garden it’s an inexpensive conversation starter.
Of course, no list of indoor gardening ideas would be complete without mentioning mason jars! There are many ways to create indoor gardens for herbs and other plants using mason jars.
There are lots of fun ways to recycle corks and wine bottles. One of the cutest ways I’ve seen to upcycle wine corks is to turn them into tiny little planters. With just a few simple supplies and some adorable succulents, you can create cork planters which can be used as magnets for your refrigerator. You can also simply place the cork planters along your windowsill for an added touch to your decor. Want something unusual to do with leftover wine bottles (besides recycling them)? make your own self-watering planters with the tops of the bottles. This idea is great for people who forget to water their plants for long periods of time.
Transform an old tree stump
If you love the rustic look, why not bring the outdoors more inside? We live in a state forest and there is wood everywhere, including tree stumps. I see so many amazing designs people make from fallen trees. This Modern Tree Stump Planter is a beautiful and unique way to display your favorite plants in your home. All you have to do is dig and seal up an old tree stump and you have a beautiful addition to your indoor garden.
Apartment living doesn’t mean you can’t bring plants inside. For example:
- If you have old coffee cans lying around, you can turn them into hanging herb garden.
- If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, there are plenty of beautiful hanging planters you can buy.
- This glass hanging planter is beautiful and will allow you to see your hanging plant from all angles.
- This Tight doubles as a light fixture and herb garden, so you can use the heat from the bulb to grow your herbs. Make way for dual use!
These are just a few ways to bring more plants into your home to purify the air and add beauty through indoor gardening.
Do you like indoor gardening? What are some of your favorite ways to bring plants indoors? Share your comments with us below!
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