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Indoor Gardens for Decoration and Function (Part 1 of 4)

One aspect of home interior decorating that sometimes goes without thought is the wide world of indoor gardening. Indoor greenery provides for a very pleasant atmosphere with multiple functional benefits. Many people find that the presence of plants in their home will brighten their moods and give them a sense of accomplishment knowing they are enjoying something that was cared for at home with their own two hands.

Growing plants indoors allows the opportunity for you and your family to grow varieties that you could otherwise not enjoy outdoors due to harsh climates, adequate rainfall or lighting conditions. Because you can grow in such a controlled environment indoors, you are allowed much more freedom to grow anything from herbs and vegetables, to lush decorative greenery and flowers.

Before diving into the fun stuff and getting your hands dirty, there are a few things to consider when planning for indoor gardening. Light sources will be your biggest concern, followed by appropriate containers, plant food, and water. Having these few things implemented correctly will make for a much more rewarding and successful experience, as opposed to just jumping in and buying whatever plants happen to catch your fancy.

Lighting is the most important aspect of growing indoors. Obviously natural light is going to be the best source of light for your garden, and unfortunately, unless you happen to live in a glass house, walls tend to restrict the amount of lighting coming in. Many plants, such as Pothos, don’t require copious amounts of light and tend to thrive better when placed under incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs, or almost anywhere that gets ambient lighting. Other plants will require much more natural lighting. Most herbs, such as rosemary, oregano, thyme, and many basil varieties tend to fall into the high lighting category. With these plant types, a big window or sliding glass door that gets decent sunlight for a large portion of the day would be your best bet.

Next time, we’ll talk a little bit more about lighting and cover the importance of planting containers that will supply your home and family with beautiful indoor greenery.

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