Bring Some Greenery to Your Apartment

Indoor gardening is becoming increasingly popular as a means to add greenery to your living space all year long. Gardening is also a wonderful pastime, and it has health advantages associated with it. If you've ever considered growing a garden but didn't because you don't have enough space, an indoor garden is ideal.


You don't have to be a homeowner to enjoy the benefits of gardening. There are lovely, big apartments available at Liv Multifamily that provide the ideal amount of space for an apartment-sized indoor garden. Most Liv communities also include communal gardens where you and your neighbors can grow plants together.


It's simple to start an indoor garden, and the health benefits may surprise you. Gardening may help you have a better quality of life by doing the following:

  • Creating a calm and relaxing environment.

  • Refreshing the air in your home.

  • Improving mental and emotional health.

  • Increasing creativity and productivity.

So now you know why you should start an indoor garden, let's look at how to get started.


Start Planning  

Begin with establishing a design and determining which form of garden is ideal for you—begin by researching indoor gardening ideas to learn what appeals to you and what would function well in your area. If you're stumped about the sort of indoor garden to get, check out social media sites like Instagram or Pinterest for inspiration.


Consider how much space you have to devote to your indoor garden as you look for ideas. Consider how much time and effort you'll be able to spend caring for it. Knowing how much area and time you have can also help you decide on the finest alternatives. If you don't spend a lot of time at home, consider easy-to-care-for houseplants that require little maintenance.


You may cultivate practically anything in an indoor garden, from fruits, vegetables, and herbs, to healing plants and blooms for making essential oils. There are a few important factors to consider when selecting the sort of garden you wish to build. For example, parents of small children or fur babies should make sure that the plants they wish to cultivate are safe for youngsters. Some common houseplants are poisonous to dogs, cats, and young humans who put everything in their mouths. So spend some time researching each plant you want to add to your home.


Vegetable Garden  

If you want to grow vegetables, these are some great choices for your indoor garden:

  • Salad greens, such as spinach, arugula, lettuce, and chard

  • Tomatoes, including cherry or Romas

  • Chili peppers, like jalapenos or habañeros

  • Green onions/scallions

  • Root vegetables, like beets, and radishes   


Herbs Garden  

If you enjoy cooking at home, growing fresh herbs will be awesome for your cooking. Some fantastic options are:

  • Basil

  • Thyme

  • Oregano

  • Mint

  • Parsley

  • Chives

Window boxes are an excellent way to add greenery and functionality to a kitchen window. Herbs are simple to cultivate, and they give unique flavor accents to well-known meals.


Vertical Gardening  

Consider a vertical garden to maximize available space. A vertical garden takes advantage of otherwise wasted vertical space by stacking plants. Vertical gardening may be done in a variety of ways, from ready-made pots to DIYing your vertical garden.


Hanging Garden  

Hanging planters are another approach to making the most of space and are a fantastic choice if you have small children or pets that enjoy snipping plants.


Smart Gardening  

Apartment-sized gardens may benefit from automated light and watering systems, as well as technology-assisted growth. They regulate the lighting and watering throughout the day to ensure your plants' growth is optimized. They also allow growers to select the proper variety and quantity of fertilization, and plant feed, and properly adjust the heat and humidity levels.


These hydroponic gardens—meaning gardens that grow plants in nutrient solutions instead of dirt—connect to an app to assist you in maintaining a healthy developing environment and troubleshooting any issues. Smart gardens eliminate uncertainty, allowing you to cultivate the garden of your dreams. And hydroponic gardening is a fantastic space-saver since dirt takes up so much room.


If you have a smart garden in mind, the first thing you should do is research the best choice for your specific situation. A few examples of hydroponic smart garden systems are:

Indoor gardening in tight places demands efficiency, and a smart garden—particularly for novices—is an excellent choice as you begin your gardening career.


Get Your Supplies  

Once you've decided whether to build a smart hydroponic garden or a traditional one, you'll need to acquire your supplies and begin the installation.


Plants are generally started from seeds in hydroponic gardens. Since germination takes time, preparation is essential. Seeds can be found at garden shops or purchased online. For individuals who wish to grow a traditional garden but are too impatient to wait for seeds, planting starts—also known as seedlings—are an excellent choice. Starting items may be found in gardening stores throughout the year, especially in warmer climates.


If you want to go the old-fashioned route, many Liv communities have a community garden for residents. Community gardens enable you to enjoy an outside plot while working with your friends and neighbors on your garden. You'll need the right pots, potting mix, and plant food, regardless of whether you do traditional or container gardening.


Start Growing  

Once you've planted your garden, you'll need to keep it looking nice. For novices, caring for a garden can be challenging. Some plants are difficult and require precise moisture levels in the air and sunlight. In dry areas, using a humidifier can help plants that need more humidity.


If you want to grow plants that require more sunlight, invest in grow lights. Grow lights can guarantee that your plants get enough light even if the weather is bad or if they aren't close to a window.


The most effective approach to begin is with a few plants and then build on them as needed. If you start too big, many beginning gardeners get frustrated and overwhelmed. An indoor garden should be both pleasant to maintain and fill your house with positive energy and beautiful greenery.

A plant corner in an apartment. Photo by Huy Phan on Unsplash.