15 Aug Growing Indoors: Gardening and the City
We’ve long known that there are pros and cons to living in a city. Urbanites get to enjoy the glamour and fast paced lifestyle that only a city can offer; while suburbanites and country folk get to enjoy more pastoral pleasures like fresh air and gardening. That’s just the way it is, right? You can’t have your cake and eat it too…
To heck with that – yes you can! More and more people living in the city are deciding to bring simpler pleasures to their city lives, including growing their own food. Fed up with tasteless genetically modified produce and paying exorbitant prices for organic produce, city gardeners are taking matters into their own hands.
Balconies, patios, fire escapes, rooftops, windowsills and even indoor growing rooms are all “gardening space” ready to cultivate delicious home grown produce for the most Jimmy Choo-obsessed urbanites. One of the least understood of all of these activities is indoor gardening. So the big question is…
Why Indoor Garden?
At first glance, indoor gardening seems like a last resort. Those with no spare balcony, patio, rooftop or even window box might finally turn to their indoor home to find a place to garden. However, aside from it being a last ditch effort, indoor gardening actually has a few advantages over gardening outdoors.
More control. In outside gardens you are at the mercy of weather and environment. But in your indoor garden, environmental factors such as light, temperature and humidity are all within your control, meaning you have more control over the final results of your garden.
No pests. Outdoor gardeners are constantly worrying about the bugs and critters eating up their plants. Indoor gardeners hardly have to give this a second thought.
Fewer diseases.Indoor plants are also less susceptible to most of the diseases that plants in outdoor gardens are prone to. This saves us time and worry.
No weeds.That’s right! The bane of the existence of the traditional gardener doesn’t bother us indoor gardeners at all! It’s starting to sound better and better, isn’t it?
Plants clean the air. Plants are natural air filters. They create a healthier living environment for you by filtering out toxins and chemicals in the air, absorbing them and giving off pure beneficial oxygen for you to breathe.
You can grow what you want. No, you don’t have to just stick with houseplants! There are many fruits and veggies that can be grown indoors. An indoor vegetable garden (and some fruit!) can be wonderfully rewarding. Tasty, organic produce doesn’t have to be carted in from the country…you can grow it in your own city home!
Gardens beautify your home. Plants are beautiful aren’t they? The green foliage, the bold colors or delicate flowers. With their wide variety of shapes and colors, they are nature’s decoration. You can create living artwork in your home by combining plants and containers – from romantic to extravagant to subdued…You can create the combination that is right for your home. And they are even more beautiful when you know they are growing delicious food for you and your loved ones to enjoy.
And perhaps the greatest benefit of them all…
Indoor Gardening is good for the body and mind. Not only do indoor plants provide a more oxygen-rich environment by cleaning the air and increasing humidity; studies by the American Horticultural Association have shown that spending time in therapeutic indoor gardens helps to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, increase a sense of peace and well being, alleviate depression and even promote healing. And with an indoor garden, the plants surround us all of the time!
These are just a few of the many advantages of indoor gardening. You can create a lush garden oasis in your home, even if you live in the city!