Indoor gardening tips help us improve our gardening skills, whether we have a green thumb or are just getting started. Indoor gardening is 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. Here are just a few that are super easy to do at home. These tips will help you to grow strong, healthy plants. And they’ll also give you reasons to pull the gardening tools out 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, use toilet paper rolls. Simply cut the edges of one end and fold them in at the bottom to keep soil from spilling out. You can also fold up some newspaper into a cup or open box shape. Just fill it with soil and pop your seeds in!
The most popular upcycled seed trays are 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 eggshell. The calcium and minerals from the shell can help your plants to grow.
Biodegradable materials, like newspaper, cardboard, and eggshells, can be planted right into the soil. This is true 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.
Indoor Gardening Tips with Plastic Bottles
Disposable plastic bottles are the bane of the environment. However, if you have some lying around, you can put them to good use instead of throwing them out. There are many ways you can use plastic bottles to make neat planter displays for your green leafed pals.
Plastic bottles are easy to cut. Just grab a pair of scissors or a serrated kitchen knife and get to work. Be careful of the knife, as well as sharp plastic edges! Cut a hole along the side of the bottle and transfer your plants into the bottle with some fresh soil. Then display your new upcycled pot however you like. Secure a few of them together vertically, with thick string and create a super nifty hanging basket. Or 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 an interesting look, get some old cans, clean them out very well, and plant some herbs in them. Use cans with a rusty, vintage appearance, or paint and decorate your cans to make them suit any 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. Drill a small hole in the top edge of each can, then hang them on hooks. Place them 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 knows. They’re also a great way to get the most out of your space when low on indoor gardening real estate. Hang your shoe organizer on any wall that gets ample sunlight. Then fill each pocket with a handful of pebbles to allow for drainage and fill the rest with dirt. Plant your flowers or veggies into the soil and enjoy your new DIY vertical garden. To prevent water from draining onto your floor, simply line each pocket with some empty plastic grocery bags.
Indoor Gardening Tips for a Fish Tank Terrarium
If you’re one of the many people 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 aquarium than any goldfish or guppy ever could. If you don’t have an empty fish tank in your house, don’t worry. You can buy a basic fish tank pretty cheap.
Fish tanks are great makeshift greenhouses for seedlings. Cover them with a plastic lid or layer of plastic wrap to keep heat and humidity in and pests out. They also make the most beautiful habitat for your full-grown plants. Especially if you add a little moss, maybe a few succulents, or possibly a small decorative fairy house. Fish tank terrariums are a great place for your plants to thrive. Plus, you can customize the environment to make it look just as magical as you’d like.
Indoor Gardening Tips to Regrow Your Veggies
Growing vegetables is pretty easy, and it just got easier. Save your scraps and start your own veggie garden by letting new plants grow from the stumps of old ones. The easiest vegetables to regrow are green onions, celery, romaine lettuce, onions, and potatoes.
To regrow green onions, celery, and romaine lettuce, cut them about an inch or two from the base. Then place them in a bowl of water, provide them with ample sunlight, and they’ll just start growing away. Once they’re showing fresh growth, transfer them into a pot with quality potting soil and water them well.
Onions and potatoes can be planted directly into the soil. To regrow an onion, cut the root end off, leaving about an inch of the vegetable attached. Then 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 large pot with the eyes facing up. Cover them with about 4 inches of soil. When you see roots starting to appear, add a few more inches of soil on top.
Indoor Gardening Tips - The Wrap-up
With a couple plants, a bag of soil, and the desire to create a plant paradise, the possibilities are endless. There are plenty of ways to get creative with your indoor garden and keep that green thumb of yours busy. Whether you have a passion for flowers or herbs, or growing your own vegetables makes you happy, go for it. We hope these indoor gardening tips sparked some ideas for you!