Waiting for an Outdoor Garden
If you love to garden it can be frustrating if you do not have a yard or space in which to plant. Furthermore, you probably follow gardening blogs or pin gardening tips or ideas feeding into your itch to have your own. At least, this is how it is for me. I always think: one day I will have a yard and grow vegetables and plant flowers, but in the meantime, I will just continue to grow my windowsill garden.
Recently, I was commenting on a few gardening blogs and mentioning my desire to have an outdoor garden, and lamenting my small windowsill garden. However, more than one of the gardening bloggers replied to me encouraging me that they started off with a windowsill garden as well. That got me thinking.
If you have been reading my blog, you remember my previous post about the importance of establishing a plan to achieve your goals (by bullet journaling) and how to go about that. Just like with goals, you do not wait to start working towards them until you have all the resources you need. You begin much before that because that is part of the process. This can be applied to growing an outdoor garden. Having an outdoor garden is something to aspire to: a goal. For now, you have to do what you can and work up to the time where you can have an outdoor garden.
Opportunities in Indoor Gardens
Having an indoor garden is much less restrictive then you might think. Your first concern may be that you do not have enough light, but there are plenty of plants that only need low light to grow, not to mention plants sold specifically as “indoor plants”. (For instance, in nature, the thick canopy blocks most light from reaching the forest floor). Moreover, I have found that many plants that say they need more light than my windowsill can provide have been able to survive.
Growing indoor plants may even have benefits. For example, your plants will not experience extreme conditions, and consequently may be able to live for longer. For example, I was able to grow a basil plant (an annual that usually only lasts for the summer), for over a year. Indoor plants are also not susceptible to disease and dangerous (to plants) bugs like aphids.
Just like anything else, starting off small is good. Starting with a small garden allows you to learn more about the plants you have and how best to care for them. These concepts can be applied to larger gardens later and prevent you from feeling stressed initially because you took on too many plants.
You have the opportunity to grow many different plants in a windowsill garden. Some plants will die, making room for new ones and that is okay. Since I have started growing plants, I have had all different succulents, cactus, bamboo, aloe, hyacinth, bromide, basil, lavender, green onions, sprouting seeds, and a money tree just on my windowsill. Clearly, the options are not limited. I have also set a pot of Gerber daisies outside my door in the summer.
Where to Buy Your Plants
I either buy my plants at Calloway’s (a local nursery) or Lowes to ensure I am getting a healthy plant. I also like to buy my plants at one of these two places because they have a special section for indoor plants. You can read about the plants on the cards placed in their containers and they tell you how much light and water the plant needs. Calloway’s is great because the workers are knowledgeable master gardeners and can answer any questions about the plants that you have.
Why I like my Indoor Garden
One of my favorite things about having my plants indoors is that it makes it easy to care for them. I see them more often so I can keep up with watering and fertilizing them better. I also like the idea of bringing a little bit of nature indoors. Having live plants creates a very relaxing and calming environment in your home as well as giving positive vibes. Life has a way of doing that. The other great thing about having your plants inside is that it makes them easily accessible to snip some herb leaves for cooking. (Cooking with fresh herbs is always a great way to elevate your cooking).
Occasionally, I fertilize my plants, especially when transplanting them to a larger pot. One natural way to fertilize them is by adding crushed egg shell to the soil. The eggshell will provide the plants with Calcium. In nature, plants are often fertilized because birds nest in tree boughs and eggshells fall when the baby birds hatch. Fertilizing, watering, and transplanting is key to growing healthy plants. Healthy plants mean positive reinforcement that you are ready to take on more plants, and soon, an outdoor garden. So go start your indoor garden today and prepare yourself for the outdoor garden you want. Or simply enjoy your indoor garden right now as much as I love mine.
As always, I would love to see pictures of your garden, indoor or outdoor, as well as read in the comments what plants you are growing or what questions you may have.