In recent years, many people have been moving to healthy eating and organic living. People have become more aware of the environment and have initiated many campaigns against pollution. Appreciating nature and what it gives to the human race is called for, and its unending options of a better life.
The effect of this has been people wanting to start farms and gardens where they are. But how do you know how to farm? Or even the space to put up the “farm”? Indoor growing of plants is a good way to welcome nature. There is a refreshing breath in coexisting safely with the environment. You can make your homestead, apartment, or office a small farm where you grow your favorite flower or plant.
Importance of Plants in Your Home Living
Indoor plants have become an integral part of interior design. From small flower pots to full-grown ferns, people have enjoyed them so much. They have this ambiance they provide, a feeling of tranquility and peace. They are easy to take care of as you just prune, weed and water.
Plants grown outside enjoy the natural environment, rain, sunlight, and plenty of oxygen. The most common plants are garden herbs, vegetables, and fruits.
Whether you have large farmland or a small in-house garden, the benefits you get from the practice are numerous. Weeding, pruning, and watering are good exercises for the body. The art of farming is also a relaxing and fulfilling hobby, and if done right, profitable. Plants also give the environment the sanctity it deserves, and at the same time, provide for both you and others in the household like pets and domestic animals.
Considerations When You Want to Grow
Yes, you want to farm and give back to the environment, but how to start? There are various considerations that you will need to make to come up with the perfect growing strategy that will work for you.
1. What You Want to Grow
Different plant species do well in particular conditions. Resultantly, you will need to work on the plant’s needs and decide if what you would like to grow can do well in that plant environment that you want to put it. Indoor farming can eradicate this as you have more control over what happens to the plant. You can install humidifiers, heaters, and lighting to facilitate what may be needed by the plant but is missing in the natural environment, i.e., sunlight during winter.
Your garden space will determine what you can plant. If you want to plant high growth or tall plants, you will need an outdoor space as these tend to take more space and need more nutrients. They are therefore best grown outside in the natural environment. But if your space is small, you can still accommodate flora that suits it, like flowers and herbs.
There are many gardening methods available today. According to the various guides and gardening tips on this website, you can choose various systems that suit your purpose and space. Examples are aquaponics and hydroponics systems. They are soilless and much suitable for urban and arid gardening.
As much as this may not be an issue when growing plants indoors, you cannot plant some plants indoors due to underlying factors such as plant size. That said, you will need to plant, when the light is enough or when you can provide enough lighting. Lighting helps the plant carry out the photosynthesis process.
4. Availability of Moisture
Water is essential to plant growth. Water constitutes 80% of the total plant weight. It is, therefore, vital that you put them in a condition that will allow them to get enough water, indoor or outdoor. You can substitute this by watering if there is not enough natural moisture outside. Also, you can opt to plant flora that doesn’t need a lot of water during the dry season and vice versa.
So When Planting, What Steps Should You Follow?
- Select the seed you want to plant-this can be either seed, seedling from a nursery, or cut stems. For seedlings, ensure that you buy them from a certified agronomist and that they are government certified. Also, when getting seedlings, be gentle and check their health. Any yellowing is equivalent to disease.
- Prepare the planting area. Ensure the hole is deep enough and the soil well softened-or good deep containers for indoor planting.
- Plant your seedlings with the correct depth and adjust firmly with the medium.
- Fertilizing your plants gives the plant the necessary nutrients and minerals it needs to grow well.
- Lastly, take care of the plant until maturity.
There is a lot that indoor plants help achieve. If you want peace of mind or just breathe that fresh air, then indoor plants will be ideal.