Today, there seems to be urban farmers sprouting up everywhere who are growing more than a few houseplants; urban farming is a rising trend. However, just as important as urban farming is an individual’s collection of indoor kitchen herbs, flower pots and carrots. Each plant grown in any apartment brings the health and wealth of nature to a private home.I have especially learned to appreciate indoor gardening due to the current Zika outbreak in my neighborhood. Zika, fyi, is spread by way of mosquitoes; this has resulted in a (hopefully) temporary lifestyle change. I presently spend more time than ever indoors tinkering around the house and tending to my indoor plants.
I am now very motivated to conquer the skill of indoor gardening, which involves a much different set of needs than outdoor gardening. As I transitioned toward indoor gardening, I noticed that my usual gardening tools were too bulky.
Bits of soil get everywhere when I use my regular trowel and fork. Moving soil around from pot to pot is a disaster. Watering them proved to be more difficult than I thought. A splash here and there is no big deal outdoors, but inside, my watering technique had to evolve.
Due to all the complications my outdoor gardening tools brought to my indoor gardening, I was forced to improvise. To my delight, all the tools I needed for an efficient indoor gardening experience were already at home.
DIY Indoor Gardening Kit
Spoons and forks. Because the trowel and fork I own were just too bulky and indelicate for indoors, I resorted to using some utensils leftover from a trip to Wendy’s. The soup spoon in particular proved useful with its extra round shape. The fork is dainty enough to reach areas of soil beneath and around the plant’s leaves without causing harm or a mess.
A gallon of milk. This will be your new best friend. To create a watering can that was the right size for indoor gardening, I asked my husband to drill holes into the cap of a jug. Now, I fill the jug with water, and the circumference of the cap is small enough to keep the water being poured contained within the circumference of a pot.
A ribbon or a thread. I used a slim piece of ribbon (leftover from the wedding) to tie weaker basil stems to a strong basil stem. After about a week, all my basil in the pot are now much stronger and upright.
A plastic cup. Indoors, scooping out soil from a big bag of potting soil is messy business, but with a small plastic cup, it’s much less messy than a trowel.
Kabob stick. Like ribbon, a kabob stick can serve as a stabilizer for wobbly stems. Because they are so thin and easy to break, you can easily make them just the right size for your indoor plants. You can loosely attach weak stalks and stems to the stick.
Old newspaper or junk mail. With everything turning digital, junk mail is not as prevalent as it was when I was a kid. So, when you come by some large junk mail or newspaper, store it for re-potting inside. I lay out a few pieces of paper on the floor before I start messing around with dirt. This helps keep the soil off your floors.
Lemon seeds. You don’t need to purchase a plant to start an indoor garden. I will let you in on a huge indoor gardening secret. Lemon seeds I rescued while making lemon water actually sprout really well! They grow into dark green strong and pretty plants. Go for it!
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