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Now that winter has passed we’re dreaming of warm days in the garden surrounded by scented flowers, beautiful grasses and fresh crops. Although we’re well and truly into spring it’s still a little chilly so why not bring the outdoors in and create your own indoor garden. Below are a few ideas to help you embrace nature and grow your own for a greener spring.
Looking after plants can be a little daunting if you’re new to it or haven’t had a good track record keeping them alive. However, depending on how confident you are and how much time you have spare there’s an indoor garden project for every home. All you need are the right tools for the job. Beginner essentials include: well-draining potting soil, starter pots for seedlings, stylish planters for established plants, hand trowel, watering can and spray bottle.
1. Windowsill Herbs
One of the easiest and most rewarding indoor garden projects is growing your own herbs. Not only can they look beautiful on a windowsill or in a rustic planter they make for some delicious dishes too. First of all, you need to find a strong, healthy herb that you’ve either grown from seed or purchased from a garden centre. Herbs such as basil, sage, parsley, coriander and thyme are all fantastic varieties. Secondly, you need to find a sunny spot. Herbs require plenty of sunlight throughout the day. Once you have potted your plant with proper drainage, you can sit back and watch it grow. When established you can start harvesting, the rule of thumb is to trim a mix of mature and new leaves frequently encouraging the plant to have new growth and bush out.
2. Natural Scents
For the ultimate spring feeling fill your home with the scent of florals, citrus and herbs. Swap candles and artificial fragrances with eco-friendly alternatives brightening your space and making it smell amazing too. Plants not only clean the air and create a sense of well-being, certain varieties also have aromas that can relax, sooth and even energise. Our top fragrant plants include lavender which has a calming scent, apple mint, citrus blossoms from either lemon or orange, gardenia and germanium which can have a variety of scents including rose, lemon, ginger or nutmeg.
Ways with Succulents
If you’re going to create an indoor garden consider succulents. They thrive with little interference and look great in almost any corner of the home. There are three tricks to keeping these versatile plants alive. Succulents need sandy free-draining soil with enough room to cater for the roots. They require minimal watering, only giving them a little when the soil feels dry, over watering can cause root rot. The last tip is to provide them with a sunny spot away from cold draughts. Succulents grow in hot climates, so warm window ledges, console tables away from the door, open shelves and desks are all perfect places to grow them.
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