Indoor Gardening for the Less Than Enthused Gardener
I'm not much of a gardener, never have been. I don't really like having to dig through the dirt or pull out weeds, it's a lot of work. Not to mention the bugs, I'm a total girl when it comes to bugs. However, I do like gardens. I think they're beautiful, enchanting, and whimsical. So, my conundrum is: how can I have a garden but without some of things I dislike?
The first thing I decided to do was find something I could grow indoors; that would take care of the bug problem. I also had to decide what I wanted to grow. I like flowers, but I wanted to plant something that I could use. So, I decided to plant herbs. I love cooking with fresh herbs. It makes a huge difference in how the food comes out. Plus, there's something awesome about knowing those fresh herbs you cooked with, you grew yourself.
The next thing I had to decide was what to grow my little herb garden in. There are a lot of different ideas I've seen online about things you can recycle to grow plants in. Things like mason jars, plastic bottles, tin cans, egg cartons; you name, it someone has done it. Well, I decided to go with popcorn containers. Not the ones you get at the theater. The ones I'm using are these little plastic containers that look like those red and white striped popcorn bags. Target carries them every now and then in their little dollar section.
There wasn't much I had to do for this one. I picked up some potting soil from the store and picked out my seeds. I went with basil because that's what I use the most when cooking. I planted the seeds; following the instructions on the package very carefully. I had to place the container on a plate because the containers have holes in the bottom. Now, I just have to sit back and watch them grow. I can't wait!
If you decide to plant herbs like me, make sure that they are getting enough light. A basil plant should be getting about 8 hours of direct light a day. If you have trouble finding good light sources in your house, invest in a grow light. Whenever the top of your soil starts to look dry, it should be watered. It can take about 4-6 weeks for your basil to be ready for picking.
When I finished planting my basil, I decided I wanted to plant something else. While I enjoyed doing the above project, it had one flaw, I still had to deal with dirt. So, I thought, why not find a plant that doesn't require dirt? I did some looking and decided on a lucky bamboo plant. These can be planted in pebbles instead of dirt and they look awesome. After doing some looking on pinterest, I found the perfect idea: a floppy disk planter.
For this planter you are going to want five floppy disks. I just went foraging at my parents house for some; they save everything. If all you can find are those ugly gray ones, you could paint them beforehand so they look prettier. You're going to need a hot glue gun to assemble this planter. To start, glue your first four floppy disks together so they form a square, then take the fifth one and glue it to the bottom. Now you have a nice little box made of floppy disks.