Do you have a green thumb but no outdoor garden? Or, maybe you want to try a new and healthy hobby? If so, you’re likely to enjoy this guest post on the health benefits of indoor gardening. This is the second post here from Dave Landry Jr., who you may remember from his words on Women and Wages last year. Welcome back, Dave! Let’s give him the blogging floor now:
Some of us don’t have the space outdoors to create a garden, but maybe we still want to grow our favorite plants or flowers. Even if you don’t have a spacious backyard to plant that dream garden, you can take the floral finesse indoors!
Creating an indoor garden, however, might limit you to plant or floral choices. Not every variety can be grown indoors successfully. There are many hearty plants that can thrive inside your home, though. Check out your local nursery and talk to an expert about the plants they would recommend for in-home decorating and gardening.
Once you’ve discovered the varieties of plants and flowers that will survive and thrive inside your home, it’s time to think about how to arrange your indoor oasis. Here are some suggestions for taking the greenery indoors:
1. Scope out the ideal locations.
Your nursery will be able to tell you how much sunlight and water each plant needs—unlike outdoor gardens, you won’t be turning on the sprinklers or even deep-watering your plants and will need to be mindful of water. Choose locations that help these plants grab their optimum amount of sunlight while also ensuring that they can add to the ambiance of your home. You can use hanging baskets to create a rustic aesthetic in a room.
2. Ask about pests.
Pests can harm plants and flowers, and no homeowner wants bugs in their home! But be careful with pesticides, as some chemical can be irritating or a hazard to your health. Before spraying anything, be sure to talk to a plant expert about the safest solutions for keeping pests from invading indoor plants.
3. Beware poisonous plants!
Some plants may be toxic to kids or pets. If you have small children or pets, be sure to ask your local expert about the safety of plants. Yes, a plant variety may be ideal for the home, but it also might make your favorite pet sick… or worse.
4. Appreciate the oxygenation!
All greenery helps oxygenate the environment. All plants utilize photosynthesis, and this process removes carbon dioxide from the air while releasing oxygen.
5. Plants may help you grow socially.
Gardening also opens the door to a new social network. If you’re becoming passionate about your indoor garden, consider joining a local gardening club or group. You’ll expand your social presence and probably learn quite a few tips!
6. Some plants may help heal!
Aloe plants are popular for in-home gardening. Why? The gel of this plant may help soothe burns and cuts. Just pop open a leaf and scoop out some gel. The plant also may help soak up fumes from paint.
7. Green is soothing.
According to CNN, experts say that the color green may calm us. So just looking at those plants may have a benefit to your overall mood. The beauty of nature, indeed!
While your outdoor space might be small or nonexistent, make use of the indoors to create a lush indoor garden. You’ll need some planting pots and a bit of a green thumb, but even the most inexperienced gardeners can find plants that are easy for the indoors (think cacti!). Indoor gardening brightens up the room, oxygenates the atmosphere and may help you branch out socially. So head to your local nursery and stock up on indoor plants to green-up your home!
About Dave Landry Jr.
Dave Landry Jr. applies his passion for all things personal finance to helping clients save more of their hard earned money. He’s a personal finance manager, debt relief counselor, and blogger who writes about personal finance topics to help readers with money matters. Dave lives in Southern California with his wife of 9 years and three wonderful children. Find him on Twitter at @davelandryjr.