April is National Garden Month, and aside from adding value to homes, did you know that gardening can do wonders for your overall well-being? To celebrate, explore ways gardening can add to your life and home.
Benefits of Gardening
Combats Stress Levels
The monotony of everyday routine can take a toll on physical and mental well-being, elevating stress levels. Spending half an hour working in your garden can help ease the day’s stress.
The opportunity to produce your own organic meal is undoubtedly one of the greatest advantages and rewards.
Good for Cardiovascular Health
Sound cardiovascular health is conducive to the overall functioning of the body. Gardening has been proven to increase blood flow into the vessels, helping keep the heart pumping steadily.
Indoor/Container Gardening Tips
Indoor gardening is a blessing in disguise for those that must give up the hobby outdoors due to a lack of space. Even if you are an apartment or tiny home dweller, you can enjoy the pleasures of gardening with planning and bare minimum indoor gardening essentials. Use these tips when planning to start indoor gardening:
Choose the Right Spot for Your Plants
The first thing to consider when you start planning is to decide where to locate your plant(s). A windowsill or a mini terrace with proper sunlight are spacious enough to accommodate a few plants.
Select the Plants According to Available Space
Purchasing the right plants is extremely important when it comes to indoor gardening. Expecting to grow a tomato or eggplant with limited sunlight is not possible. Each plant has a different growth process; some are self-pollinating while some may require help from a gardener; some grow ideally in limited sun exposure, while others need it in abundance. Another aspect to consider is whether the plants would be kept outdoors once they attain desirable growth or would continue to be kept indoors. Before purchasing your plants, speak with the experts at the store to ensure your choices will work in your space.
Pick the Right Pots or Containers
A pot or container can enormously affect the growth of plants and should have ample space to let the roots develop and grow uninhibitedly. The soil depth varies for each plant, which should be considered before selecting a pot or container.
Plants grow best when adequately watered, and the soil should neither be wet nor dry but just damp. A wet or dry condition can stunt their growth, increasing the chances of the fruit/flower falling off before blossoming.
Maintain a Stable Temperature
A stable temperature ensures steady growth, so summers are considered one of the best times to grow plants. The sunlight through the window will provide adequate exposure to plants, but if there is air conditioning, it is always best to adjust the temperature accordingly.
Protection From Pests
Pests can attack indoor plants, potentially causing permanent damage. Even if kept in a safer place, plants are prone to pest attacks anywhere. To help avoid this issue, consider using a chemical-free pesticide. This often helps a great deal in protecting the plants. Azadirachta indica (also known as “neem,” “Indian lilac,” etc.) leaf oil is one of the best organic options that can protect potted plants.
A hydroponic system helps plants grow using formulated, nutrient-rich water instead of soil. In hydroponics, the plant is suspended with a net pot, allowing the plant to rise above the water while the roots go down through the netting and into the water solution. This option is especially great for those who lack the time and commitment for an indoor garden but still want to go for it.
How to Use Peat Moss in Pots?
One other thing to consider incorporating into your gardening is peat moss. Based on The Spruce’s “Peat Moss: What is it and how to use it?,” peat moss is the dark-brown, fibrous material that helps plants grow. This lightweight option helps create better drainage and keeps a good amount of water for the plant.
Over the years, it’s been discussed as a solution that is not as environmentally friendly, making it a good option for those looking for an indoor opportunity.
When it comes to your garden’s overall quality and safety, WIN Home Inspection has you covered. Your local team can ensure your garden and outdoor areas are secure during an inspection. Additionally, indoor inspections are thorough, giving you peace of mind with your current or future home.