Indoor Gardens for Small Spaces
Here are some ideas for very small space container gardens to
get you started:
Windowsill herb garden
There are lots of herbs that will thrive in small containers if
placed in a sunny window (5 hours or more sun each day) or under
fluorescent lights. Some of the most common are: Chives, Oregano,
Mint, Thyme, Sage, Basil, and Rosemary.
Its easiest to buy plants at the nursery and grow them, rather
than starting from seed if you dont have a lot of space or equipment
to work with. Or you can take a cutting from a friend or family
You can plant herbs in anything that will hold potting soil that
you can put holes in the bottom of for drainage. Fertilize sparingly
every few weeks, and let the soil dry out between waterings. The
plants require little maintenance, and can bring a lovely scent
to any room.
Sprouting has long been a fun way to grow your own veggies, that
takes hardly any time or space. Just soak seeds in a jar of water
overnight, then drain the water and rinse the seeds a couple times
of day. Voila! Youve got a nutrition-packed snack.
Seems everyone has a great aunt or grandmother who has an old terrarium
full of plants that appear to be able to live forever without any
effort. So, why not plant your own? You can use any glass container
seal it with plastic wrap if you dont have a lid to fit it. Cover
the bottom with an inch of sand or gravel, then add three inches
of potting soil. Water until the soil is moist but not soggy, then
add plants that like moisture, such as ferns, African violets, begonias.
Youll find a great list of plants and more information than you
knew existed about terrariums from the Department of Horticulture
of the University of Missouri
If youve got a 10 gallon tank sitting around, but don't want to
bother with fish, try planting an underwater garden instead. Most
garden shops and pet stores these days sell aquarium plants, and
theres a wide variety of colors and textures to choose from.
If all else fails, and you have hardly any light or time to care
for plants there are always a few houseplants that can survive through
Also, most shade tolerant plants will live happily on the amount
of light available in a bright windowsill or with fluorescent lights.
So dont be afraid to experiment with plants that are usually considered
outdoor plants. A few good choices are: impatiens, begonias, chrysanthemums,
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