Friday, June 27, 2014

Indoor Garden

I don't know about you guys, but lately this summer weather has gotten me in the mood to do a bit of gardening. Unfortunately, if you live in an apartment (or just hate Iowa's heat and humidity!), having a big, crazy garden is just not really a possibility.



Thankfully for you guys, there are plenty of options for having a garden indoors.

STEP ONE: PREP

The first step to having a really great indoor garden is to make a plan. You will want to consider some of these questions:
Where do you want to put your plants? 
How much light does that spot get?
How motivated are you? (AKA How much do I want to have water this thing?)

STEP TWO: FIND A POT

Before you run out and buy out a million plants, you're going to want to have a good pot to put it in. If you're going to get a succulent, you'll want a pot that drains well. If you're not looking for anything special, you can usually find some simple pots at Earl May or Target or wherever else you might go to get some plants. However, if you're looking for something quirky, I have a few suggestions below.
(If you don't want to drop a bunch of money on a fancy planter, you can make your own! Here are some cool DIY options)
The third and final step is to go out and get some plants! There are tons and tons of options, and what you get will depend largely on where you can put them and how much effort you want to put into it. Here are a couple suggestions:
  • Aloe Vera: Hard to go wrong with this one. I have had one for two years now. I barely ever water it, and it probably doesn't get enough sun. I even left it out in a thunderstorm and effectively drowned it, but the thing bounced back! (Warning, this plant could be a conspiracy, it can't be killed. It's like a zombie plant.)
  • English Ivy: I have absolutely no experience with this kind of plant, I just think it's beautiful.
  • Jade: AKA "The Money Tree." Seems like a good plan. Also very pretty and relatively easy to care for.
These are my favorites, but you can grow whatever you want. If you're into cooking, maybe try out some herbs. Just want something nice to look at? Succulents are easy to grow and easy on the eyes (ha, see what I did there?).

Happy gardening!



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