ndoor gardening is a great resource for city dwellers: besides cleansing your household air, plants can truly make a difference in your interior decor, not to mention the opportunity of growing fresh vegetables indoors throughout the winter. Either you choose classic container gardening or hydroponics – i.e. a subset of hydroculture which consists in growing plants in a soil less medium, or an aquatic based environment – there are plenty of creative ways to design and build your own DIY indoor garden, provided that you first take into account a few preconditions that are quite essential.
First and foremost, the light: some plants need many hours of light, and that can be a problem during the winter months, even if your house is bright and your plants are close to the windows - simply because, well, winter days are short. So, either go for plants that do not need too much light, or get grow lights tailored to the specific needs of your own plants.
While space is not an issue – you can basically grow plants and vegetables even in very confined spaces – the room’s temperature and humidity are crucial; for this reason, we recommend making sure that the temperature stays between 65 and 75 °F, and that the room does not get too dry, especially in winter with the heat running.
Once you are all set with these preliminary aspects, you can start designing your indoor plant or vegetable garden. Here are a few ideas to help you get inspired.
Pallet Board Garden
The pallet board garden does not only look gorgeous, but it is also very easy to make
. The hardest part might actually be finding the pallet, but once you have it, all you need to do is cover the bottom, back and sides with landscape fabric, and accurately staple it
along the spine and anywhere the soil could fall out. Once this is done, lay the pallet on the floor, fill it with soil and plant around six plants per slot. That’s it! Now, all you need to do is hang your little vertical garden.
Vertical Hydroponic Salad Garden
Besides being the best option for indoor vegetable gardening, hydroponics has plenty of advantages, the first one being that you will actually need approximately 10% of the amount of water generally used for growing veggies in soil. To build your own vertical hydroponic salad garden you will need creativity, good manual skills, and some of very specific equipment, including pumps and reservoirs for holding, supplying, and recycling water, hydroponic nutrients, and more. Alternatively, there are plenty of kits on the market, some of them very beautifully designed.
Who said bookshelves are just for books? Try with plants, instead. Simple as it sounds, this idea might turn into the very centerpiece of your living room, provided that you choose a nice bookcase, some pretty, pastel matte ceramic pots and a good and diverse selection of plants. If you’ve got an old bookcase sitting around, consider renovating it with some fresh paint and maybe removing the back to leave more room for the pots – and may we also recommend a white bookcase against a white wall to let the leaves and flowers stand out?