Moving the Outdoors Inside
A house is not a home without a bit of greenery. Apart from purifying the air, plants also give off a calming effect.
With this in mind it’s good to know which plants are supposed to be indoors and which are not. The side your house is facing makes a big difference, notice how much wind is about, how much sunlight hits certain rooms and for how long during the day. Most importantly, check the needs of the plant species – as much as you might like the look or smell of a plant, it does not mean that it will thrive in the environment you are placing it in.
So, think of the plant too!
A hanging plant is a great and simple way to decorate and add life to various areas of the home. Apart from looking very pretty, they fill an empty space quite well.
The Rhipsalis suits many areas, it has a chorally look and belongs to the cactus family so it’s very sturdy. Whilst it doesn’t need a lot of water, it does enjoy quite a lot of sun.
The Hedera is a gorgeous ivy which cleans the air of toxins, and is itself a very neutral looking plant – it blends in with any kind of interior decor. The soil needs to be kept moist, and it should not be left in direct sunlight but in a coolish area.
This is very much like a succulent, so it’s quite easy to care for. Give it water about once a week and you’re good to go, just leave it somewhere the sun will shine on it.
Aloe vera is a handy plant to have around the house or in your garden because of its healing properties. It works wonders for sunburnt and burnt skin. It is also great for cuts – as deep as they might be. Simply split a leaf and apply the juice that seeps from the centre onto the affected area.
Ferns are real delicate beauties, with their different greens mixing throughout. These types of plants need a lot of humidity and sunlight.
You want to water it by spraying it with a pump, and try not to let it dry out too much.
How about creating your own herb garden. With everyone worrying about where their fruits and herbs are being grown it’s worth taking the first steps and creating your own. There are many products which make growing your own hassle-free. Technology and food have combined in exciting ways!
Let’s start with the herbs you can grow.
This is a must have! It is the perfect herb for pasta and pizza dishes. It’s an annual plant, so it should start to grow afresh once it flowers.
Make sure it’s in the sun for at least 6-8 hours a day.
Pot it in well-draining and nutrient-rich soil.
If you take care of it properly, it will give you fresh healthy basil throughout the year.
This is a delicious smelling herb, which goes really well with various dishes including soups.
It can also be used as a treatment for dry hair and skin.
You want to pot it in a dry and sandy soil. Water regularly and make sure it has moderate sunlight.
The scent it gives off is slightly bitter and at the same time spicy. If placed in sunlight small white flowers occasionally grow. All you need to do is trim them from time-to-time if the stems are growing too long.
Getting to know your soil is an interesting part of caring for your plants. When working in any kind of garden you might be stunned as to how many different types of soil are being developed – this makes starting your very own herb or vegetable garden that much easier.
Smart Soil – this technology comprises of all the nutrients seeds will need to flourish while also encouraging beneficial microbes and border cells – so that it feels like they are growing in their normal habitat. You also want to make sure your seeds are getting the right amount of light during the first few months.
You might need to regulate the water and nutrient if you’re using any other type of soil.
You can even invest in a cultivator, which allows you to regulate watering cycles, lighting and temperature too. This is not for the casual gardener and when it comes down to it, the joy of seeing your greens grow has a lot to do with it being done naturally.