Posted on May 03 2017
Being a WRITTEN Woman is never easy. You leave for work with a long to-do list and return home with an even longer one. And while you may handle it like a boss, having such a jam packed life can undoubtedly become stressful. Don’t get me wrong, it’s never too much for the WRITTEN Woman to handle, but it’s no mystery that one has to have a way to decompress.
I’ve found over the years that having a hobby can sometimes be the best solution to your most stressful moments. For me, tennis is the ultimate hobby to de-stress; I get to let off some steam while also staying in shape. However, in honor of the Spring season, another hobby that you may find worth a try is gardening. You know what they say… “April showers bring May flowers”. Whether it’s building a company or building a garden, there’s a thing or two to be said about making something from nothing that tends to make people feel accomplished. Small rewards like that are precisely what keep us motivated to continue building and reach the top.
Indoor Gardening Must Haves
Now I know what you might be thinking: “I don’t have a green thumb”. “Who has time to garden”? “I don’t have a yard for a garden”. Sure, I get it…all valid points. That was, until now! In today’s age where space comes at a premium and decluttering your life from “stuff” is on trend…home decor and gardening brands have listened. With sleek and modern design, creating a garden can be done virtually anywhere, from a wall in your loft to deskside in your office. Check out some of these cool indoor gardening tools available to you!
The Sill Planter + Air Plant: Everyone has to start somewhere! This plant and holder was designed to be easy to care for while bringing life to any small setting.
Havana Wall Planter: Don’t let limited green space kill your gardening vibes. This modular planter has space for several plants to grow naturally and healthy.
Modern Chalkboard Planters: We all make mistakes, but now your plants don’t have to suffer. With this modern day chalkboard planter you can write yourself notes or reminders to take care of all of your gardening needs.
Lyfe Planter: I may not believe in magic, but this levitating planter from Flyte comes really close to resembling such. It may not help you become a better gardener, but you sure can have fun and look cool while doing it.
Ceramic Wallscape Planters: Add some color and pleasant smells to your home and office with these cool wall-hanging planters. Available in a variety of colors and sizes, they’re sure to be an interesting talk point no matter where you place them.
Babylon Light: While it won’t add any light to your plants to help with growth, the Babylon Light doubles as a hanging lamp for you and a planter for your favorite indoor plants. While also being waterproof, this lighting fixture could be a perfect addition to your gardening tools for growing hanging plants such as snowtopia or petunia.
What Should I Grow?
Now that you’ve got all your cool new gardening tools, what are you going to grow? When starting your indoor garden it is important to remember that not all plants will do as well inside as others. In most cases, it is much easier to grow greens, herbs, and other leafy plants such as lettuce and basil. For a complete list of the best plants to grow indoors click HERE. Other houseplants such as the peace ivy and aloe plant may also be a great addition as they have been reported to lower stress levels.
One of my favorite parts of Spring is the coming of season for many of my favorite fruits such as strawberries and mangoes. While I’m not saying it can’t be done, as a busy WRITTEN Woman you may want to shy away from growing fruit indoors. The process is much more difficult than doing so outdoors as fruit requires more attention than other indoor plants and lacks the natural pollination of the outdoors.
Indoor Gardening Tips
Before I set you on your way, there are a few tips I felt you should know to ensure a successful gardening season. Here are some tips for gardening beginners from the experts at Hunker:
Lighting: Lighting requirements differ from plant to plant. It is important that you understand your plant and how much or how little light it may need. Most plants tend to do well with 12 to 16 hours of light per day. If you are considering gardening year round you may want to invest in supplemental lighting or a greenhouse.
Temp: Most plants thrive in temperatures ranging from 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re planning to garden year round, a humidifier might be a good investment. Most plants are likely to grow in mid-level humidity, around 30-50 percent which is only common for the Spring and Summer in most places. If you are still experiencing humidity problems, consider placing your plants in close proximity so as they release moisture into the air they’ll help give off humidity to their surroundings.
Water: A common problem for indoor gardeners is over-watering. Remember to consider outsides’ weather before watering your plants on a regular basis. Sunny and warm will require more frequent watering than cool and cloudy. If available, try to filter your water used for the plants such that they aren’t harmed by the chemicals that may exist in tap water.
Nutrients: Without nutrients you can kiss a successful gardening season goodbye. The experts at gardening.com recommend a standard 10-10-10 fertilizer for most indoor plants.
Although it may be hard at first, indoor gardening may be exactly what you need this season to take the stress away from your day-to-day life. Rather it is a fun hobby or a way to cut down on your grocery list, the benefits of doing such can be limitless. So stock up on all your gardening essentials, grab some flower seeds, and begin your gardening career. As the start of Spring is fairly recent, there’s no better time than right now!
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