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How to Make an Indoor Garden Using Containers

How to Make an Indoor Garden Using Containers

I have been toying with the idea of indoor container gardening, which is a simple way to grow flowers, fruits, vegetables, and herbs year-round. Although some plants are too large to grow inside a house, most including many vegetables flourish in interior container gardens. I would love to have fresh herbs at my fingertips year-round. Having some fresh fruits and veggies on hand at all times would also be great not only for my husband and me but also for Poppy once she begins to eat solid foods.

Upon doing some research on indoor container gardening, I learned a few tips and tricks. Plants need space to thrive inside the home throughout the year, so clearing space is necessary. Any unnecessary items in that room can be thrown away, whereas if you have things you don’t need right now, you can store them in self storage Long Island (or wherever you live). The next step is to find containers that fit the décor of your home in which to place your plants. But, what kinds of containers are suitable for indoor gardening? Here I share my findings for any of my readers who are also interested in growing plants inside their homes throughout the year.

Container Ideas

Indoor PlantsChoosing a container for indoor gardening is fairly simple because most plants will grow in almost any container that is filled with dirt, exposed to sunlight, and watered regularly. Ideas for creating indoor gardening containers include:

  • Clay or terracotta pots
  • Ceramic pots
  • Reused plastic gardening pots
  • Old glassware
  • Recycled milk jugs or soda bottles
  • Baskets
  • Wooden boxes
  • Styrofoam coolers
  • Metal containers

Almost any container will work for indoor container gardening. However, you must keep a few points in mind when choosing a container. First, the container must be an appropriate size for the plant that you plan to grow. A coffee mug is too small for a tomato plant but would work for a small cactus or some herbs. Second, the container must have adequate drainage to allow the dirt to remain moist but not soaked. Improving drainage is as simple as poking or drilling some holes in the bottom and lower sides of the container. This also means that you might have to deal with dirty floors every so often. So, make sure that you have a good vacuum cleaner similar to Riccar r10s that would help you keep the floors clean.

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Additionally, you could use some sort of tray to catch the excess water that drains from the container. Third, any recycled container must not have contained any substance that is toxic to plants or humans. Basically, choose a container that fits your taste and budget and meets the need of your plant. Additionally, if you are putting plants indoors, also ensure that you use organic pesticides and weed preventers since pest infestation in plants can spread throughout the house. Ants, bugs, and termites may also infest your house and damage furniture along with the building structure. So, with indoor plants, you may also have to regularly do pest control with the help of Terminix Texas or similar companies.

Decorating Ideas

When thinking about how to make indoor gardening containers, many gardeners picture plain pots of plants lined up on a window sill. However, indoor container gardening does not necessarily need to be plain or boring or even lined up next to a sunny window. Some ideas for decorating your containers include:

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  • Painting clay or terracotta pots
  • Tying bows and ribbons around plastic containers
  • Using containers that match your décor
  • Painting or staining wood boxes and baskets
  • Gluing decorations to containers
  • Placing plain containers inside decorative containers
  • Lining clear glass or plastic with colored plastic wrap
  • Placing containers on a funky tray
  • Using a plant light with a decorative lamp

Be creative! Design your plant containers to fit your décor or to stand out as a focal point of any room. Decorating indoor gardening containers is especially fun when you are repurposing used stuff you already have lying around the house. I can see myself using some of my wider flower vases as containers in an indoor garden. Remember though, the more elaborate your setup is, the more effort it would take to maintain. But you could always rely on a home cleaning service to make sure the garden is kept clean and tidy. A cleaning service could also ensure that the plants in your garden are kept free of dust.

So, what it comes down to is – Will I start a container garden in my home? Maybe. Maybe not. Although I still really like the idea of at least growing a few of my favorite herbs in my kitchen. Either way, at least I have a better idea of what goes into container gardening. And, really, growing a few small plants inside my home in containers is quite easy.

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Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cats. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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