Indoor Gardening Tips Every Renter Should Know
April 22, 2019
If you love the calming effects of gardening or the convenience of having fresh herbs at your fingertips, you might want to think about starting your own indoor garden. All you need is a sunny windowsill to keep your plants healthy and happy. Here are some tips that will help you get started.
1. Watering is key, and your container can help. If you’re a new plant parent, you may not realize how tricky watering your plants can be. Not enough water, and they shrivel up; too much water, and they might meet the same fate. Avoid the guesswork by opting for self-watering containers, which have secret reservoirs to hold excess water when necessary and dole out extra drops as needed.
2. Plants need a certain amount of sunshine (but not too much). Make sure you choose a sunny windowsill when you scout out the location for your garden. It should get about five to six hours of sunlight per day. However, you don’t want it to be blazing hot—some plants will shrivel under these conditions. Do a bit of detective work to find a spot that gets enough sunlight, but doesn’t get much hotter than 70 to 75 degrees.
3. You don’t have to stick to a horizontal plane. If you want to fit more plants into a smaller space, think vertically. Find a small set of open shelves that will balance on your windowsill comfortably, and layer your planters, making sure each gets an adequate dose of sunshine.
4. Herbs are great for beginners. When it comes time to actually choose your plants, go with options that are notoriously easy to keep alive. For example, try herbs like mint, parsley, basil, oregano, and chives. They’re almost impossible to kill, so they’re great for new plant parents.