Indoor gardening is always fun no matter what you’re growing or how you’re growing it but there are so many ways to make it even more interesting. There are endless hacks, tips, and DIY projects out there and here are just a few that are super easy to do at home. Not only will they help you to grow strong, healthy plants, they’ll also give you a couple new reasons to pull the gardening tools out of the shed and have some fun with soil and seeds.
Upcycled Seed Pots
If you’re looking for a seed tray to start your plants in, you don’t need to buy anything fancy. There are plenty of perfectly good planters just lying around your house. Empty yogurt containers, styrofoam cups, and old ice cube trays make great little seed planters.
If you’d prefer something biodegradable you can take some toilet paper rolls, cut the edges of one end, and fold them in at the bottom to keep the soil from spilling out. You can also fold up some newspaper into a cup or open box shape, fill it with soil, and pop your seeds in.
The most popular upcycled seed trays are definitely old egg cartons. You can cut them to any size and create your own seed farm with individual sections for each plant. To give your soil an extra kick, put the soil and seeds right into an empty egg shell and the calcium and minerals from the shell can help your plants to grow.
The biodegradable materials, like newspaper, cardboard, and egg shells, can be planted right into the soil, whether you plan to move your seedlings outdoors or just into a new pot. The materials will easily break down, allowing your plant’s roots to stretch out into the soil.
Plastic Bottle Planters
Disposable plastic bottles are the bane of the environment but if you have some lying around, you might as well put them to good use instead of throwing them out. There are so many ways you can use plastic bottles to make really neat planter displays for your green leafed pals.
Plastic bottles are easy to cut so just grab a pair of scissors or a serrated kitchen knife and get to work. Be careful of sharp plastic edges! You can cut a hole along the side of the bottle, transfer your plants into the bottle with some fresh soil, and display your new upcycled pot however you like. You can secure a few of them together vertically with thick string and create a super nifty hanging basket, or you can zip tie them to a wire frame to create a vertical garden.
Tin Can Herb Garden
In the world of gardening, the upcycling possibilities are endless. For a really interesting look, get some old cans, clean them out very well, and plant some herbs in them. You can use cans with a rusty, vintage appearance or you can paint and decorate your cans to make them suit any type of decor. A windowsill full of fresh herbs growing out different sized tins can look so delightfully rustic. You can even take it a step further and drill a small hope in the top edge of each can then hang them on hooks over your kitchen sink or along an open wall.
DIY Vertical Garden
Shoe organizers are excellent space savers, as anyone with a healthy shoe collection will know. They’re also a great way to get the most out of your wall space when you’re running out of indoor gardening real estate. You can hang your shoe organizer on any wall that gets ample sunlight, fill each pocket with a handful of pebbles to allow for drainage , and then fill the rest with dirt. Plant your flowers or veggies into the soil and enjoy your new DIY vertical garden. To prevent any water from draining onto your floor you may also want to line each pocket with some empty plastic grocery bags.
Fish Tank Terrarium
If you happen to be one of the many people out there who have an empty fish tank lying around because Goldie the First went belly up and you were just too heartbroken to buy Goldie the Second, you’re in luck. Your plants will look even cooler in an old aquarium than any goldfish or guppy ever could. For those of you who don’t have an empty fish tank in your house, don’t worry, you can usually get second hand ones for pretty cheap, especially if you aren’t too worried about the condition they’re in.
Fish tanks are great makeshift greenhouses for seedlings. You can cover them with a plastic lid or a layer of plastic wrap to keep the heat and humidity in and keep any pests out. They also make the most beautiful habitat for your full grown plants, especially if you add a little moss to the atmosphere, maybe a few succulents, some driftwood, or possibly a small decorative fairy house. Fish tank terrariums are a great place for your plants to thrive and you can customize the environment to make it look just as magical as you’d like.
Regrow Your Veggies
Growing vegetables is pretty easy, but it just got easier. Save your scraps and start your own veggie garden by letting new plants grow out of the stumps of the old ones. The easiest vegetables to regrow are green onions, celery, romaine lettuce, onions, and potatoes.
To regrow green onions, celery, and romaine lettuce simply cut them about an inch or two from the base, place them in a bowl of water, provide them with ample sunlight, and they’ll just start growing away. Once they’re showing a decent amount of fresh growth, transfer them into a pot with soil and give them a good watering.
Onions and potatoes can be planted directly into the soil. To regrow an onion, cut the root end off your onion, leaving about an inch of the vegetable attached, and plant it in a sunny area. For potatoes, pick a spud that has plenty of eyes, cut it up into 2-3 inch pieces, and make sure each piece has at least 1-2 eyes. Let it sit out for a few days for the cut edges to dry out then plant the pieces in a fairly large pot with the eyes facing up. It’s best to cover them with about 4 inches of soil and when you see roots starting to appear, add a few more inches of soil over top.
The possibilities are endless when you have a couple plants, a bag of soil, and the desire to turn your home into a luscious rainforest paradise. Whether flowers are your passion, you have a thing for herbs, or growing your own vegetables is what makes you happy, there are plenty of ways to get creative with your indoor garden and keep that green thumb of yours busy.