Aside from aesthetic purposes, having plants inside your house give a host of benefits—improving air quality and reducing stress are just some of them. Don't let small spaces hold you back from planting your own garden. Here are a few tips to get started when gardening in small spaces:
Urban living means cramped living indoors and outdoors, so make the most out of the space by thinking vertically. Create layers or tiers to grow plants. You can have a row of hanging plants on a wall, or grow aerial plants, which have roots above the ground.
You can also create stacks. Buy a stackable planter, which allows you to grow different plants in two or three tiers. You could also arrange a few shelves made against a wall where you can place potted plants. If these options don't work for you, you can arrange plants in layers by putting tall plants in the back and working your way down.
Container gardening never gets old. It’s also pretty easy, since all it requires is a container to put your plants in! You can even re-use old bottles, cans or even pie plates. Container plants don't have to be just decorative; you can even grow food!
Microgreens, known as “vegetable confetti”, are a variety of edible immature greens that are all the rage for being densely packed with nutrients. They may be harvested a month after germination when they are about a couple of inches tall. You can grow them in pie plates or plastic takeout dishes, but be sure to put them by a windowsill that will allow them to get sunlight.
If the available corners in your home are those where little light passes through, you can still grow plants—just opt to choose ones that are tolerant of low lighting conditions. The philodendron heartleaf is probably the most popular houseplant for its tolerance to dark interiors. You can also grow mushrooms because they don't need much light. But if you want to grow other plants yet have low light conditions, you can invest in LED growing lights.
Aquatic plants are not only lovely to look at, but also very easy to maintain. All you need is a container that will hold the water to float the plants. If you have enough space, you can even create a mini-pond that can also hold animals, such as fish and snails.
Herbs are generally low-maintenance and grow well indoors. All they need is a sunny spot near a window where they can get at least 4 hours of sunlight a day, and good drainage so that their roots won't rot when overwatered. Grow them in a sunny kitchen so you can cut off a few leaves when needed. If your kitchen does not get enough light, place them near a window facing south or southwest. Indoor temperatures are also ideal for herbs; they don't need too much sunlight.
Some tips for gardening in small spaces:
- The ideal location to grow plants is the side that faces South as this side typically receives the most sunlight. The next best are the West and East sides, but sun-loving plants don't grow as well on the East side.
- The higher up you live, the more temperature and wind fluctuations your garden will experience, causing plants to dry out faster and require more water. For this, it’s best to invest in self-watering planters.
There are several benefits to having plants around your home and having a small space does not mean you can't have your own garden. Just remember that gardening requires some planning, effort, patience, creativity, and resourcefulness before you can see results!
How do you garden in small spaces? What do you like to grow?