Bringing nature indoors with an indoor garden is a great way to spruce up your home. Not only will you add a natural boost of color to any room, but you’ll also learn more about plant life. Having easy access to plants may even develop your green thumb. Who knows? It may one day translate to an outdoor vegetable garden. While there are many kits out there available for indoor gardening, it’s important to choose one that will nurture your gardening skills. Check out these five best indoor garden setups.
Kitchen Herb Garden
Herbs are a tasty addition to any meal, and aromatic addition to any kitchen. Growing a kitchen herb garden is easy to do with just a windowsill and some patience. Herb gardens usually come in a long potter that has room for three to five plants. These can comfortably perch on the side of a sunny kitchen window and require little watering and maintenance. The hardest part about this kitchen herb garden is knowing how to prune the herbs for best growth. You’ll also find yourself using these herbs and running out of your favorites. If your kitchen has several windows, consider branching out and planting a few of these.
Using vertical space is a great way to build an indoor garden without sacrificing floor area. Stacked gardens can showcase a wide variety of plant life in a small amount of space, especially this Modular Hydroponic Planter. Start by choosing an empty corner or end of a hallway where your planter will receive indirect light. Beware of pets that can sometimes jump just high enough to knock your planter over. It may be best to avoid using an heirloom glass container … unless it’s insured.
High Tech Gardens
One of the newest trends in the planter industry is the idea of growing plants year-round using hydroponics. The AeroGarden claims you can grow up to seven plants at a time in its countertop kit. The planter grows the plants in water, not soil, and uses an LED lighting system to simulate sunlight for photosynthesis. The kit is pricey (at more than $100,) but does come with some cool technology. The screen will tell you when to add water and turn the lights on and off as needed.
DIY Succulent Garden
Even if you don’t have a green thumb, a succulent garden is a great way to bring the outdoors in with minimal effort. Succulents are great at keeping moisture within their leaves and don’t need much extra water (you can buy it premade or make your own.) And if you really don’t trust yourself, there are a variety of cool smart garden gadgets that will help ensure your indoor garden will survive.
Hanging Indoor Garden
Hanging indoor gardens are an excellent option for those who want to add plant life without taking up any valuable floor or counter space. Hanging baskets come in all shapes and sizes, so pick one that works well with your decor. Add a favorite indoor plant, like a spider plant or fern, that will do well suspended in the air. These plants grow up and over the basket and will create a unique look to your home without much help. For best results, place the baskets near a window — one that gets indirect light.
There are many ways that you can add an indoor garden to your home. From windowsills to hanging baskets, there’s always a spot to add some plant life into your home. Consider these garden setups to make it a little easier.
By Kelly Holland
Kelly Holland is a gardening and landscape design writer who loves experimenting in her kitchen. Her quirky nature loves a bright color palette so naturally, her coveted garden is covered in a rainbow of fruits, vegetable, and flowers.