Expert Tips to Create a DIY Indoor Garden
The last couple of years taught us how important it is to have some kind of green area around our homes. But, unfortunately, not everybody can afford to live in a big house with an even bigger garden. Some people just have to live in tiny apartments or in houses with little outdoor areas. If you are one of those people, fear not – there is a way to have a garden. That garden can be placed inside your home – on your enclosed balcony or in your spare room. And, no, you don’t have to have one of those green-thumb traits to be able to have a green home. All you need are the following expert tips to create a DIY indoor garden. And, of course, you also need some time and energy, and a lot of patience for this new garden of yours to thrive.
Choose the Right Room
First things first, if you want to create a DIY indoor garden, you have to start by choosing a place for it. Ideally, that place would be your enclosed balcony. But, if you don’t have it, then, it can be some room in your home.
However, to make your garden beautiful, and more importantly, to make your garden thrive, you have to choose some room in your home that has a lot of windows. The reason for that is simple – plants, all kinds of them, need light to survive!
Don’t worry – if you want to make this DIY garden somewhere where there is no natural light, you can. But, in that case, you will have to invest in some good artificial lighting and of course, in some specialized plan heaters.
And, Choose the Right Plants
Once you have selected the room where you will create a DIY indoor garden, it is time to fill it with plants. But, before you bring all those pots with plants inside your room, make sure you get rid of unnecessary items. Trust us, your indoor garden will not look good if it is surrounded by all sorts of clutter.
Now that everything is ready, go pick your plants. It would be wise to talk to a florist and choose the plants that are suitable to the conditions you have in your room (size, humidity, soil, etc.). But, in general, you can always go for the following indoor plants:
- Fiddle Leaf Fig
- Peace Lily
- Norfolk Island Pine
- Chinese Money Plant
- Tree Philodendron
- Rubber Plant
- Corn Plant
- Dwarf Palms
- Snake Plant
The plants you bought will come in plastic (or even in cardboard) containers. These will need to be replanted instantly. Otherwise, they will start to wilt. Thus, as soon as you buy your plants, buy pots for them as well.
With pots, that is, with containers, you can be as creative as you want. You can buy big or small ones, plain and colorful ones, and simple and abstract ones.
Moreover, what you can also do, to create a more sustainable garden, is buy one of those containers that collect rainwater and use it to water your plants. But, bare in mind that this container needs to be somewhere close to your balcony or your window to function.
Select Soil That Suits the Plants You Have Chosen
Soil is what will make your plants make it or break it. If you choose the right kind of soil, your plants will start thriving instantly and won’t even feel the shock that usually comes after replanting. But, if you choose the wrong soil, your plants may wilt in a couple of days no matter what you do.
To choose the best soil for your plant, you have to do a research on the plant you plan on getting. Just like each plant requires different amounts of water and sunshine, it also requires a different kind of soil.
Learn How to Plant and Repot Your Plants
If you never planted and repotted plants before, you should really watch a tutorial or two on how this is done properly. Trust us, there are many ways how you can mess up your plant, thus, if you want to create a DIY indoor garden, educate yourself first.
There are many places where you can learn about planting and repotting. For instance, you can watch a tutorial on YouTube. Or, you can buy a book about it and read it. Or, the easiest and the most trusted way is definitely to find an expert and ask him (or her). Usually, these experts can be found in flower shops or in plant nurseries.
Don’t Forget to Decorate Your Indoor Garden as Well
Besides lighting (and some heaters for when it’s really cold and vents for when it’s really warm), you will also need some nice decorations. With this, you can be as modest and as ‘all-out’ as you want.
Our advice – to create a DIY indoor garden, you should try to make this garden resemble an outdoor one. Thus, add some nice outdoor furniture. If you have more space, add that swinging egg as well. Or a hammock! Then, add some hand-made fountains. And, of course, finish everything up with a couple of gnomes. These garden decor items will make your garden inviting not only to you but to everybody who steps inside (or who sees it from the window).
These are just some of the expert tips to create a DIY garden. If you need some more help, be sure to keep researching. The internet is full of useful information that can transform any old are into the most beautiful indoor garden. And, if the Internet doesn’t help you out, don’t worry, your florist will!
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