Nature is replete with ways to help us heal mentally, physically, and even emotionally. A lot has been said and written about how nature can help you explore yourself and one of the most effective ways to do that is gardening. Health professionals often encourage their patients to take walks in green spaces and work in gardens, given the activity’s effectiveness in treating various mental and physical ailments. Not to forget, greenery can turn around the look of a place. However, as beneficial as gardening can be to one’s health, a lot of people aren’t able to grow a garden either because of lack of time or space. Indoor gardening is the answer to the prayers of people who either are too busy or do not have enough space to get a lush sprawling garden.
Indoor gardening is growing plants within the confines of your home or office using various techniques. It has been known to benefit patients diagnosed with conditions like post-traumatic distress and anxiety by uplifting their moods. Also, it removes toxins from the air. While many people like to keep indoor plants to spruce up the décor of their house, others do it to have more greenery around and health benefits.
Indoor Gardening Techniques
One can grow indoor plants in several ways. A few of them are as follows:
Container gardening: This is the most common method of growing plants inside your home. All you need are planters and a few basic gardening tools like a watering can and a shovel. You can recycle tin cans and even plastic containers as planters by making holes in them to allow for the passage of air.
Hydroponics: It is a crossbreed between hydroculture and horticulture which involves growing plants without soil. The plants grow in an aqueous solvent containing mineral nutrient solutions. The nutrients used in hydroponics are sourced from different materials like duck manure, fish excrement and certain chemicals.
Living walls: This is a unique technique to grow indoor plants in a small space by using irrigation tanks to keep the plant hydrated and nourished.
There are several plant varieties that can be grown inside a home and with minimum effort. Here are five indoor plants which can be grown easily at home:
There other plants like the Indian basil or tulsi, ladies’ slipper orchard and snake plant which make for easy to take care of indoor plants. Indoor gardening might still be catching up in India, but it has a lot of scope over the future. As apartment sizes shrink and house rent slabs get pricier, not everyone will be able to get a home with a garden. Even as people get busier in their lives, indoor gardening is one of the ways they can connect with nature.
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