The end of summer doesn’t necessarily mean the end of gardening season! Keep your greenthumb supple with these five inspired indoor gardening ideas.
Choose plants that suit the environment, as even the most dedicated gardener can’t make a sun-loving plant thrive in a cold, shady area. So, ensure that your plants are suited to the light levels and temperature of the room in which they’ll be positioned.
1. Vertical Indoor Gardening
No room under your roof for indoor gardening? A wall-mounted planter brings a garden to the smallest, shadiest spaces. “Plants with large leaves can turn minimal light into more energy,” says Carson Arthur, gardening and outdoor design expert on TV’s Cityline. When watering, check the soil at the highest point first-it dries out quicker than lower sections.
2. Windowsill Edibles
“A windowsill planter is like a living salad bowl,” says Arthur. Plant leaf lettuce and veggies in potting mix; herbs prefer sandy soil. Place on a windowsill with eastern or southern exposure for the most natural light in winter.
3. Living Centrepieces
Dress a tabletop with a tray of succulents or a vessel potted with flowering houseplants. They’ll last longer than cut stems and require little maintenance beyond the occasional watering, says Arthur.
This Japanese indoor gardening technique omits the pot. Gently remove the dirt from the roots of your plant (ones with small root bases, such as ferns and ivy, work best), and swaddle it in a damp mixture of peat moss and bonsai soil shaped into a ball. Wrap the sphere in sheet moss secured with twine and suspend from the ceiling to create a hanging garden. Mist daily and water well when it feels lighter in weight.
5. Air Plants
Tillandsia, otherwise known as air plants, require good light, air circulation and little else. These indoor gardening staples grow without soil and do well with a daily misting and a weekly soak in a bowl of water for 15 minutes. Let dry before placing in a terrarium or hanging planter.