Can’t get outside to enjoy the garden, or don’t have one? There’s always another way to flex those green fingers. Why not give a spot of indoor gardening a go?
For many people, having plants around them makes them feel calmer and less stressed while also providing a sense of stimulation and focus. Having plants indoors helps with the mind, body and soul. They remove carbon dioxide out of the air by and use it to produce oxygen. They trap and capture pollutants. They lower blood pressure, anxiety, pain and fatigue when looked at. And they improve concentration, memory and productivity.
We’ve got a couple of ideas below to get you started:
Succulents in an old frame
Create cuttings from established succulents by chopping stem sections one to two inches long and discarding the lower leaves. Let cuttings dry on a tray for seven to ten days for the end to dry out. Using an old wooden box frame; remove the glass and staple a layer of chicken wire or wire mesh in its place, to the frame. Make sure the back of the frame is in place, then pour in cactus soil until it reaches the mesh. Push the succulents into the soil coming to rest on top of the mesh. Once the frame is filled with succulents, leave this flat for one to two weeks, out of direct sunlight, while the succulents begin to root. Gradually increase the sunlight they have, but do not water for two weeks. Once rooted, you can hang this up on a wall as a piece of living art. Water once a month and set near a south facing window or in the brightest part of the home.
Air plants, or tillandsias, don’t need soil. Place these in well-lit areas of your house. Dunk them in water two or three times a week and gently shake off, being sure to not leave them in standing water.
Plant bulbs indoors
Firstly, pop your healthy daffodil, tulip, crocus, hyacinth or iris bulb(s) into a paper bag in the fridge for three months. When the time is up, get a vase or glass jar (at least as tall as the flower stalks will grow), place in two inches worth of stones and fill with water to just below the top of the stones. Place your bulb(s) on the top so the roots will grow into the water (keep the pointed side upwards). Keep the container in a bright room, away from direct sunlight for the roots to form. Once leaves and stems begin to grow, move the plant to the brightest spot in the home. Keep water topped up to just below the stone line.
Stack pots on the windowsill for herbs
Find a shallow pot as wide as your windowsill will allow, and another smaller but taller sized pot. Fill both pots with potting soil and stack the smaller pot on top toward one edge. Plant your herbs into the pots. Fertilise and water regularly.
Save the bottom inch from a spring onion, place in a little water, change every day, and you’ll soon have a new spring onion. You can regrow lettuce, celery and lemongrass in much the same way too. Keep the tops of chopped carrots, place in a shallow dish of water, change daily, and the greens of the carrot top will grow again. With a little more patience you can also grow an avocado tree from the seed of an avocado, grow a new pineapple from a pineapple top and more sweet potatoes from a sweet potato.
There’s plenty more ideas for indoor gardening out there on the internet, find the project for you and give it a go to improve your overall health and wellbeing.