Living in an apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t have a garden, even if you don’t have an outdoor space. Vertical gardens have grown in popularity and more apartment dwellers than ever before are growing their own herbs, vegetables, or just pretty indoor plants from the comfort of their own home.
Tips For Setting Up A Vertical Garden
Are you thinking about starting an indoor garden? Here are our tips on how to get started:
Pick Your Space
Will your indoor garden be constructed from pallets and hung from the wall? Or will you reuse an old plastic hanging shoe rack tacked to the wall? Are you going to build shelves and use pots? Perhaps an old step ladder might do the trick. Whatever you decide, knowing where your garden will grow is important. You need to know how much light your plants will get so that you can plan appropriately.
Research The Plants You Are Thinking Of
Before you actually pick the plants that will have, research them. Some plants don’t do well in a lot of light, some need full light for 8 hours. Some plants need to be watered almost daily but others will only need to be watered once a month. These facts are important as is knowing how much care you are willing to provide your growing plants.
The most popular and easy to care for plants for indoor gardens include:
- Baby’s Tears
- Cat Grass
Prepare Your Soil & Seeds
Whatever you choose, be sure to read the instructions on how to prepare both your seeds and soil. Does your soil need fertilizer? What type of fertilizer is best? Do the seeds need to be soaked overnight? What time of year is best to start the seedlings? Whatever is best for that particular plant should be done.
Keep Water In Mind
Obviously, water is important when it comes to keeping plants alive. However, water can also be damaging to floors and other parts of your home. There are many ways to make sure this doesn’t happen depending on how you set up your garden.
Sounds Like A Lot Of Work – Why Should I Grow A Vertical Garden?
There are many benefits to planting an indoor garden! This includes:
- Air purification.
- A garden is living art.
- Depending on location, the garden could be a room divider.
- You know where your food has been grown and the fertilizers (or lack of) used.
In addition to this, studies have shown that plants help to improve mood. Researchers believe that plants can lower blood pressure, raise productivity, and even increase reaction times.
Pets And Plants: What Should You Know?
If you have pets, be sure to check and see if any of the plants you will grow could be poisonous to your pet. Pets naturally want to check out new growth and frequently chew on the plants that they can reach. If you aren’t sure, contact your veterinarian.