Creating Green Spaces at Home: Indoor Gardening
Outside, spring is coming: The first flowers are blossoming, trees are getting tiny leaves and the sun is peeking through the clouds (even in The Netherlands). However, due to the difficult circumstances that we all find ourselves in since a few weeks ago, we have to take especial care of one another and accept our responsibility to stay at home.
In these times of self-isolation, we should try to make ourselves feel as comfortable at home as possible, since this is were we’ll spend most of our time. So: Why not bring the spring inside and make our rooms green and comfy?
Creating a green space at home by growing some plants will make your rooms look cosier. Apart from that, you’ll have something to keep you busy for a while. Below you’ll find some ideas how to make your room a little greener!
1. DIY MACRAME PLANT HANGERS
Lately, I have often seen those macrame plant hangers in cafes and people's homes. However, I found them usually rather expensive in shops. That's why I have been wondering if it could be difficult to just make them myself. I have come across this tutorial above and now I can tell you: Making your own plant hanger is in fact really easy!
Here on the left, you can see the first one I made - I think it actually turned out pretty well!
All you need is basically some sort of ribbon/thick yarn, scissors and your plant - then you can start making your knots!
The first plant hanger took me around 15 minutes to complete, but the second one less.
After you've made some of these rather simple hangers, YouTube also offers you lots of tutorials to knot different patters.
Tip: Instead of a plant pot you can also just put a vase with flowers in the net or alternatively a candle in a jar. Experimenting with different types of yarn is interesting as well.
2. GROW A HERB GARDEN
A little herb garden is decorative and actually also pretty useful. You can use the herbs to spice your meals or to make nice drinks. Mint, for example, is great to make fresh tea or for some Mojitos (lekker). One of my favourites is to mix slices of limes, cucumber, apple and mint in a big jug to make flavoured water.
The easiest way to start your herb garden is to just buy small plants. You can find basic herbs like basil, parsley, mint and rosemary in any supermarket. More special herbs, you might have to raise yourself from seeds. Those seeds can be bought either at the Vismarkt or also in regular supermarkets. Just make sure to plant them in a pot with draining holes at the bottom and then place it on top of a plate or saucer to catch excess water.
There are many options how you can arrange the herbs - place the pots in a wooden box, hang them on a vertical bar on your wall, let them dangle from the ceiling in a plant hanger (see above) or plant them all together inside one of those long rectangular pots.
A nice detail can be to label the plants. You can put either stickers on the pots or create a small sign to stick inside the soil that tells you which herb it is. You can attach a piece of (coloured) cardboard to a wooden skewer and there you go.
3. GROW TOMATOES OUT OF THEIR SEEDS
Sometimes you don't realize that normal food you buy for cooking can also be used to grow them again. For instance, you can re-use the stems of salad, which would otherwise go in the trash, and regrow the leafs. Want your own tomatoes without pesticides? No problem! Growing your own tomatoes without even having to buy seeds is pretty simple and rewarding at the end.
All you need is:
A pot to grow the seedlings
A Pot to grow the ultimate plant (capacity of 10l)
Enough soil to fill the pot
A sunny place in your flat
3 sticks to support the plant later
What you need to do:
1) Fill some soil in a pot to grow the seedlings.
2) Slice the tomato in 5 slices and put them on top of the soil, like topping a pizza
3) Cover the slices with a thin layer of soil (just so that you cannot see them any more)
4) Put the pot to a sunny place, water it and wait
5) After 1-2 weeks, you'll see the first tiny tomato plants - take the 4 biggest ones out and put them into a separate pot (this pot where they ultimately grow, should have a capacity of 10 l)
6) Once those 4 plants are a bit bigger, you can leave the 2 strongest plants inside and take the others out - otherwise there might not be enough space once the plants are fully grown
7) Later, you can put 3 sticks in in a tent shape into the soil and tie them together at the top in order to support the plant once the tomatoes start growing.
8) Then, keep watering the plants sufficiently and wait!
4. BUILD A CACTUS LANDSCAPE
If you looking for something that does not require too much of your attention and would even survive if you would go visit your parents for a week - get some cacti and similar dry-loving plants!
As you probably know, cacti do not wish to be watered very often but love sunny places.
You can either simply arrange a few cacti next to each other on some surface like your window sill or you could also take them out of their pots and build a landsape in a glass bowl or big pot.
If you do not abandon your cacti completely there is a big chance that you'll benefit from them for a long time.
5. OR SIMPLY GET SOME TWIGS OR PICK FLOWERS
Nothing revolutionary, but still brightens your room:
If you want to minimize the effort or just feel like you are not really the person to take care of potted plants, simply take a walk around your neighborhood and see what the nature is offering.
At the moment, there are many early flowers like daffodils blooming and bushes and trees are getting young twigs with little light green leaves that will look nice for a while in a vase on your desk or window sill.
We hope to have inspired you and wish you good luck with your plants!