Gardening at Home

Many of us would love to have our own little patch of land to make our garden grow, ala the Obama family, but if the only space you have is a small corner in your living room you can still give your green thumb a workout.

First off, the type of plants that will thrive in your home depends on how much sunlight is available indoors, your schedule and how much time you’re willing to invest. If low maintenance is your thing, then choose tough cookies like spider plants, snake plants or bromeliads. Those who’d like to up the ante can go for African violets, dragon trees and sword ferns, and if you really want to cultivate your green thumb consider buying a bonsai or an orchid.

Once you’ve decided which ones you’d like, you can either buy them fully grow and later transplant them to another pot or you can buy the seedlings and start from scratch.

Want to eat what you sow? Then grow your own herbs for a yummy—and cheap—addition to your meals. Go for thyme, mint, basil, parsley, oregano, chives and sage: they’re the easiest to grow. Just keep them in a sunny area with sufficient water and plant fertilizer and pretty soon you’ll be sprinkling your homegrown goodies into your fave dishes. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!

Gardening Tips:

  • How much water your plant needs will depend on the type of plant and pot you have as well as your home’s humidity level. Water them more often in the winter—to compensate for indoor heating—and use a plastic pot to retain the soil’s moisture. Proper drainage will prevent you from drowning your plant, so be sure to get pots with a hole on the bottom.
  • Once the roots start crawling out of the container it’s time to transfer the plant into a bigger pot to give it more room to grow.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask someone at your local garden center for help. Not only will she be able to tell you what your plant’s needs are, but will be able to suggest types that will be best suited for your lifestyle.
  • Pots can serve as great home décor! Coordinate them with your furniture or choose colorful containers to welcome in the season.