Boost your home with an indoor garden

Learn which plants are suitable for growing in your home, how to make an indoor herb garden, plus top tips for growing your own indoor vegetable garden.

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Key steps

To grow your own indoor garden, follow these key steps:

  • Choose which plants you want to grow (it’s best to start with a few then scale up).
  • Create a welcoming home for your plants with nutritious soil and lots of light.
  • Buy in herbs, plant seeds or saplings.

The best way to refresh the air and bring life into your home is by creating an indoor garden. This article will guide you through the different ways you can add an indoor garden into your home, whether it’s for your kitchen, balcony, sitting room or bedroom. And if you want to learn how to grow indoor herbs or an urban vegetable garden, you’re also in the right place.

Repurpose old yogurt pots, ice cream cartons or tin cans to contain your plants.

Indoor garden: plants for every room

Whether you live in a flat or a house in the city, there is one thing that you could probably do with – indoor plants. Having an outdoor space isn't always possible, so indoor plants are a great way of introducing a little bit of nature into your home.

Here are some examples of plants you can enjoy indoors:

  • Aloe Vera and lemongrass to keep mosquitoes at bay.
  • Peace lily to combat high levels of humidity and keep mold away.
  • Lemon tree refreshes the air and absorbs humidity.
  • Fig trees don’t require much attention, so if you travel often, this one is a good option.
  • Lavender for its calming fragrance.

Other plants that can add a special touch to your house are ferns, orchids and crotons.

Indoor gardens: indoor herbs

A kitchen herb garden is one of the easiest ways to create an indoor garden for the home. Herbs are not only practical for cooking, they also look good and are a natural facelift for your home. They can be easily placed on balconies, windowsills, lavatories and so on.

Among the herbs you can grow at home are:

  • Mint
  • Chilies
  • Coriander
  • Ginger
  • Spring onion
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Chamomile
  • Bay leaves.

Grow your own herbs: a step-by-step guide

Follow the steps below to grow your own herbs indoors:

  • Make sure you have all the equipment you need. That means pots in which to grow your herbs, labelling sticks, a trough and gardening gloves, as well as the all-important seeds!
  • Select the right spot. Choose a space with lots of natural light and adequate room.
  • Get potting soil. Your local garden center will be able to advise on this.
  • Choose your seeds or plants. Ready-to-go plants may mean things get going more quickly, but seeds will be cheaper – and it may be more fun to watch them grow!
  • Feed and water them regularly. Be careful not to overwater – a classic cause of plant death.

Indoor urban vegetable garden

Don't be scared to grow your own vegetables at home either – it isn't as difficult as you might think. So that your vegetables receive enough nutrients, it’s important to use a soil that's specifically designed for growing vegetables – other varieties of soil might also not provide enough drainage. Here are some ideas for what your indoor vegetable garden might contain:

  • Lettuce: needs sun and clean water. The white sap released from lettuce can cause allergy and irritation, so always wear gardening gloves.
  • Onion: place the onions in a deep pot of moistened soil with room for the roots to grow well. Regularly check the soil hasn't become dry and water as needed.
  • Garlic: use the same method as you would for onions.
  • Leek: by far the easiest veggies to regrow. Leave the scrap base of a leek inside a glass of water until the roots begin to show, then transfer to a vase.
  • Kale: as with leeks, this is easy if you use cuttings. Choose a healthy stem, cutting below the leaf. Plant upright in soil.
  • Carrots: they grow easily, and once the leaves start to show, it’s possible to water less often. Choose a deep pot for larger varieties and keep the soil moistened.
  • Tomatoes: they will need plenty of light – a windowsill is perfect! Water in small quantities, a couple of times per week. Tomatoes will need a deeper pot to allow room for longer roots.
  • Spinach: needs shade and constant watering, but easy to grow in a container. Work a reasonable amount of fertilizer in the soil before planting the spinach.

To properly maintain your indoor vegetable garden, change the soil when needed and water according to each plant's needs.

Now that you've been inspired to create your own indoor garden for your home, it's time to set those green fingers to work!

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