So, you’re not an outdoor person. The thought of bugs and sunburn have you running for the safety of your home. Just because you prefer the indoors doesn’t mean you can’t reap the benefits of gardening and plant life.
Many believe plants can make people happier by giving you more meaning in your life. Watering a plant occasionally does not seem profound, but it really can have a positive impact.
Caring for greenery has other added benefits. Plants filter the air. They absorb gasses around them and emit cleaner oxygen. Learning the needs of different plants expands the mind. Some like lots of sunlight and water. Others prefer shade and infrequent watering. It is fun to learn what your potted beauty prefers.
If you decide to plant herbs and veggies, your loving kindness produces fresh herbs and vegetables for the table. Eating the fruits of your labors is a joy like no other.
Growing herbs in your home is a great way to add some green on a small scale. Grow your favorite herbs in just a couple of small containers. Unless you have a large window, you may need to invest in some grow lights as well. Many people are able to have a flourishing garden on the windowsill. Popular choices include basil, bay, chervil, chives, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, and thyme.
Pick plants that you think you will use in the kitchen to start with. This gives you a little extra motivation to tend to your window garden. These herbs will leave your home smelling fresh and your dishes tasting even fresher. Your herbs will need at least four hours of natural light a day. South and southwest facing windows are the best.
Tea gardens are just another form of herb garden but with a different benefit. Tea herbs are great for hot and cold beverages as well as medicinal purposes. Chamomile, lemon balm, and mint are great to get started with.
Chamomile is a relaxing tea that helps calm nerves, settle stomach aches and indigestion, and help you sleep. It can even be used for a soothing foot bath. It is an easy plant to grow from seed. It has an attractive and fragrant white flower that adds a little brightness to an indoor space. Pick the flowers as they start to bloom and dry in the shade for the best tea.
Lemon balm has a light lemony taste and fragrance. It is known as the ‘happy herb’ because it acts as a natural anti-depressant. This is probably due to its soothing effect on the nervous system. This herb thrives in the sun or in the shade. Leaves should be dried in the shade.
Mint can easily share a pot with your lemon balm plants. Peppermint tea is great for soothing stomach aches. Mints are easy to grow and come in many varieties. Make sure to select a container with a wide surface. Harvest the leaves before budding and hang to dry.
Your well-being is increased by any form of gardening. Herb gardens are an easy and enjoyable way to bring the joy of gardening indoors. Plants bring fresh air, life, and beauty to any space.