Gardening indoors has boomed alongside the COVID-created trends of at-home breadmaking and endless DIYing. With everyone as distanced as possible and many spending more time indoors, the indoor gardening trend has gained a lot of traction this year. Whether you like succulents, hydroponic plants, or large leafy plants, there’s an opportunity for everyone to bring in air-purifying and mood-lifting foliage inside. Here are some of our best suggestions for embracing indoor gardening:
- Research is your best friend. We know that not everyone is cut out for the green-thumb lifestyle. Learning about different plants, gardening techniques, and unique requirements from one to the next isn’t everyone’s ideal way of spending an afternoon. This doesn’t mean that it’s inaccessible though. The internet provides a host of information, or you can ask a friend who loves gardening (we all know one). An option we really love for learning what care different plants need is the app Planta.
- Make your indoor garden save you money. If you’re interested in growing a small indoor garden, herbs are a great place to start. Not used to being a plant parent and want to get started with something that’s not easy to kill? Try rosemary, mint, and thyme will be your best friends. They grow quickly, are sturdy, and can save you money in the long term on buying dried spices and herbs!
- Want a natural (and cheap) way to purify the air in your home? Especially this year, when California’s fire season is the worst it’s ever been and there is more smoke and smog in the air, look into purchasing some leafy green plants that can brighten up any room as well as keep the air in your house clean. The most popular snake plants and monstera deliciosas are wifely known for being incredibly low maintenance because once they begin growing they continue to thrive. Both require minimal water and can help produce oxygen and purify the air in your home.
- They can help to reduce stress! Studies have proven that when people are surrounded by nature and plant life, mental health improves. With all of us staying in to do our part in limiting the spread of COVID-19, our inability to go outside can impact us greatly. If you’re adding a small plant to an indoor office, your productivity, focus, and creativity can increase! In general, it’s been proven to improve quality of life as well. Even if you’re not tending to plants every day, having something calming around can be incredibly helpful during these stressful times.
Some fads aren’t entirely off-center, even though some people have gotten a little too excited about sourdough over the last few months. If you’re looking for something new and a project to take on that won’t add extra stress to your life but could make that risotto just a little bit better, consider starting an indoor garden. We’re not condoning covering every square inch of your home in plants, but it could be an easy way to find happiness inside.