It has been a brutal winter for many parts of the country, but that doesn't mean you can't satisfy your green thumb. If your outdoor areas are all snowed in, why not create an indoor garden? Whether you're looking to make your interiors more beautiful with flowers and ferns, or you want an herb garden that you can use for cooking, indoor plants are easy to grow if you follow these tips:
- Avoid inorganic and synthetic fertilizers: These typically contain toxic chemicals that create risks for anyone in your home.
- Don't over water: You may be tempted to constantly replenish your plants' roots with water, but too much can cause them to rot. Generally speaking, a good rule of thumb is to make sure you soak the soil, but stop pouring once you see water come out of the bottom of the pot.
- Keep your plants away from heaters and air conditioners: Drafts from these devices can kill your plants if they're too extreme.
- Make sure you're using the right sized pot: Putting a small plant in a large pot can cause it to either get too much or too little water.
- Read the tag on your plants: Whenever you buy a new plant, you'll typically find a tag stuck in the potting soil that tells you how to take care of it, including how much light it needs. For guidelines on raising specific plants, this tag is your best source of information. Make sure that whichever species you get for your indoor garden doesn't require direct sunlight, unless you position them next to a window that is constantly in the sun.