Gardening is a great way to maintain independence, stay active, and personalize your apartment. If you live in senior communities, finding the space for an outdoor garden can be difficult. It’s possible to start an indoor garden if you’re short on space or want to avoid the mess of gardening outdoors. We will show how easy it can be!
Look for Small, Easy-to-care For Plants
When it comes to the plants you choose for your indoor garden, more minor is always better. Smaller plants are easier to care for and will help you maintain a lush, vibrant display without much effort. They can also be closer to your face than larger ones, making them more aesthetically pleasing. When shopping around, look for treasures that grow slower than usual or don’t get too tall (you don’t want a plant taking over your home). Smaller leaves mean less mess and fewer bugs going after them; shorter flowers also mean less maintenance!
If you have limited space indoors but still love having fresh herbs around—or perhaps even some decorative ones—consider purchasing a vertical garden kit instead of standard pots or trays. These kits come with various hooks that allow you to hang up the planters wherever they best fit into your home decor while still getting light exposure from windows and lamps so that they stay green and healthy all year long without extra work on your part!
Avoid Plants With Toxins
It is a good idea to avoid planting any of the following plants in your indoor garden:
- Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are toxic.
- Nightshade plants can cause symptoms similar to those experienced when handling or eating green potatoes. Symptoms include burning pain in the mouth and throat, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.
- Castor bean plants contain ricin toxin, which affects multiple organs, including the liver and kidneys, as well as causing gastroenteritis. The toxic effects begin within 6-12 hours of ingestion but may occur later if there have been repeated exposures to low doses over time (eg, due to inhalation during mowing). Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, seizures (which may be followed by coma or death), muscle weakness, and paralysis, which often affects breathing muscles first before affecting motor nerves, so you will need immediate medical care if you suspect poisoning from this plant species!
Stick With A Theme
When you’re just starting, buying a bunch of different plants and containers for your indoor garden can be tempting. It’s fun to try new things! But if your goal is to get into gardening, you’ll have better luck sticking with one theme for your first few attempts at growing food indoors. Feel free to experiment with the different types of plants that fall under that theme—just pick one main plant that will be the star of your show (e.g., tomatoes or peppers), and then choose other varieties around it (e.g., cucumbers or eggplants).
Choose Plants That Will Fare Well In Your Climate
First, consider what types of plants are native to your region. Native plants often have a better chance of surviving in an outdoor setting than those that aren’t initially from the area. Also, some non-native species can be invasive and cause harm to local ecosystems; however, if you don’t live near native plant sources or have a greenhouse where you can grow exotic plants, look for hardy varieties that will do well in your climate. Drought-tolerant varieties also tend to be more resilient against pests like mites and aphids than other kinds because they don’t require as much water or fertilizer as others might need when growing indoors—which means less maintenance overall!
Look For The Right Containers and Potting Soil
Once you’ve found the right spot in your community, it’s time to start looking for containers. Some factors to consider when choosing a container include:
- Durability: You don’t want your plants to be damaged by falling or tipping over. Look for a heavy enough container that won’t easily tip over when full of water or dirt. If the plant is taller than 2 feet, look for something sturdy like a wooden planter box or an old whiskey barrel—these containers tend to be more durable because they have been made from solid wood.
- Drainage holes: Drainage holes are essential if you’re planning on growing roots like carrots and potatoes because these vegetables need lots of water without sitting in standing water all day long! You can buy containers with drainage holes already built into them but if not, then just drill some small holes in yours before adding soil so that excess moisture will release instead of pooling at the bottom, where harmful bacteria could grow too quickly around root systems (which would kill off those healthy little plants!).
- Size: Most indoor gardens should fit nicely into any home since there isn’t much space outside anyway, so there is no need to get anything too big here either! But still, keep things manageable by choosing smaller-sized produce like tomatoes instead of cucumbers which take up much more space and take more extended amounts of time before being ready for harvest too.
Keep Busy while Connecting with Nature
Consider starting an indoor garden if you’re looking for a new hobby that’s easy on your body. It’s an excellent way to keep busy and connect with nature while getting some fresh air in your home. For more information on our retirement communities, contact us today.