The good news today is the Nation wide lockdown has been extended till the 3rd of may.Which again gets us ample quarantine time. Here is another productive way to spend time in quarantine Gardening DIYS : A beginners Guide.
Its lockdown and supposedly we are not moving out to get the garden supplies. Pretty Pots and those fancy flowers are not the only way you start gardening. Well going back to the pots, if you go around your house you will definately find some cool stuff that can be DIYed into some classy plant pots. To list food cans, mugs, bowls, old buckets , steel strainers there are a number of options . You can just give them a bang on look with mere painting.
So why should we have indoor plants ? If we are talking of the benefits there are definitely many of them. Indoor plants will help you boost your mood, productivity, concentration and creativity. They also reduce stress, fatigue, sore throats and colds. Another benefit is they cleanse the air by absorbing toxins, increasing humidity and producing oxygen. Apart from all of that they add life and aesthetic to a boring setup.
Correspondingly the question arises, how to choose indoor plants? Three factors will help you determine that :-
- Study your room conditions well – the lightning, the temperature both have to be kept in mind when choosing an indoor plant.
- Maintenance – choose comparatively easy to maintain plants if you are new to this. Basically do not completely ignore the plant and be careful with the overdoing.
- Pet Allergies – If you have pets check for their allergies as a priority. Secondly make sure to not bring in even a mildly toxic plant. Chewing on them will make your pets sick.
Some of us might very familiar with the term microgreens. For the others, Microgreens are a tiny form of young edible greens produced from vegetable, herb or other plants. They range in size from 1″ to 1 ½” long, including the stem and leaves too. These are harvested just after the cotyledon leaves have developed. Microgreens are a rich source of rich in potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and copper.These babies can grow right there on your work table or your kitchen shelf. Vegetables seeds are used to grow them. The video below will help you sort everything.
Mason Jar Herb Garden
Take old Mason Jars. Wash and rinse thoroughly. Then Add about 1-2 inches of rocks, gravel, pebbles, or marbles to your glass jar. Fill it up potting mix, leaving some space at the top for more potting mix after planting the seeds, about 1 inch. Plant herbs seeds of choice and top with a small handful of potting mix.
Some herbs can root in water too. So what you can do in that case is just take a stem of whichever herb you want to grow. Keep it in water until it roots out. Once it does shift the stem to the mason jar.Lightly water the top of the soil. Place indoor near a windowsill or on a countertop that receives ample sunlight. Be sure to read instructions on the back of the herb seed packet for proper maintenance.Watch your herbs start to grow!
Let us now introduce you to the life savers of all the beginners. Succulents if talking scientifically are a type of plants that hold water in their leaves. Plus point is they come in as many colors and varied textures. These tiny babies are capable of jazzing up the whole ambience. Because this little element will add a sense of complete perfection. A succulent whole heartedly forgives the forgetful gardener by soldiering on without food or water, possibly for years.