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Indoor Gardening - The 'Whys' And 'Hows' Of Indoor Gardening!

Jan 20, 2008
Bonsai has become so popular now-a-days, mainly because people can keep plants inside their houses. Now, this is not an essay on Bonsai, but on the habit of growing plants within the house; to put it briefly, indoor gardening. The concept is really nothing new since almost every home has possessed a house plant at some time or the other.

Who are the people who can benefit with indoor gardening?

(a) Unlike villages and towns, most people living in urban cities have no outside space where they can plant a garden. They may be dwelling in apartments or high-rise buildings.

(b) Some people are unable to venture outdoors probably because of long-standing illnesses, physical disabilities, or just age. Think of the pleasure a garden inside the house would give them!

(c) Climatic conditions such as long and dry summers or long and cold winters may prove a hindrance to having a garden outdoors. Indoor plants are the solution here. An experienced gardener would know how to make the environment within the house suitable for house plants. Whatever the weather be like outside, there is beauty inside!

(d) Those who enjoy cooking are always on the lookout for herbs to use in their recipes. Since herbs are small in size, it is easy to grow them inside the house. The "cook" would only have to get acquainted with indoor gardening techniques.

Why indoor gardening?

If one remembers what one learnt in science classes, this becomes an easy question to answer. The process of photosynthesis explains that plants breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. With human beings and animals, it is the reverse. We take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide into our surroundings. So, plants kept inside the house serve two purposes - recycling of air inside the house, plus adding beauty to internal surroundings.

How does one go about "indoor gardening"?

Minimal equipment is needed in the form of containers - large, medium and small. Smaller plants can be arranged on a desk or table, while larger ones can be concealed behind doorways and chairs in corners. The size of the plant has to match its container. Also, supplies required for the plant to grow have to be researched into before the actual purchase of the indoor plants.

The advantage that indoor plants have over outdoor plants is that some of them can do without light. Dark corners do not affect their growth. But there are also indoor plants which thrive only in bright light. These have to be placed near windows where plenty of sunlight is available. The plants cannot be interchanged.

A word of caution for people with pets - if they love both pets and indoor gardening, they will have to make sure that no plant proves poisonous for their pet. Who knows, the plant may be poisonous for them too! If there are cats in the house, the slightly taller plants may seem like scratching posts for them. They could even use the containers as litter boxes. So consider all aspects before you venture into indoor gardening!
About the Author
Abhishek is a self-confessed Gardening addict! Visit his website http://www. Gardening-Master.com and download his FREE Gardening Report "Indoor Gardening Secrets" and learn some amazing Gardening tips for FREE! Create the perfect Garden on a shoe-string budget. And yes, you get to keep all the accolades! But hurry, only limited Free copies available!. http://www. Gardening-Master.com
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