BY SANDRA GUY
Our collective pandemic lockdown blossomed into a green-thumb trend: Indoor gardens.
A garden’s mental and physical benefits abound, and that’s the theme of National Gardening Week from June 6-12. After all, working with nature to produce greenery and healthy herbs and vegetables provides a heady sense of accomplishment.
Of course, a successful garden also requires doing your homework on when to plant, how often to water and the best spots for plants to get proper sunlight without wilting.
The most obvious way to garden indoors is to plant in pots. You can grow dozens of herbs and vegetables this way, according to LoyalGardener.com, including basil, kale, parsley, squash, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, green beans and garlic greens.
Another popular tool is a mini terrarium. They’ve been around for decades — newspaper articles date to the 1970s about their popularity — and they’re touted for their ease of use. They come in many shapes and sizes, and as standalones or in kits complete with soil, seeds and rocks. Terrarium kits can be a fun way to introduce gardening to children, since seeds sprout in a few days and it can be replanted over and over.
Indoor gardens also have emerged as home-design elements. One clever idea is to use a utility cart as a multi-tiered planter for a succulent garden on wheels.
You may also go online to take virtual tours of how plants, containers and shelves will fit and look with your living space. You might want to start with plants in the windowsill or in pots hanging from the ceiling.
And then there’s a hydroponic garden that uses no soil. Once again, choosing a hydroponic system requires doing your homework, but the upside is that it works year-round and grows plants in a solution of water and nutrients.
You can start by growing herbs like basil, mint and cilantro, as well as greens like kale and lettuce. However your garden grows, enjoy the process’ deeply innate satisfaction.
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