With recent technological advancements and access to high-quality gardening resources just a few clicks away, you don’t need to be a master green thumb to have your very own thriving garden.
Gardens once were primarily a luxury for those living in the suburbs with spacious backyards, but now, it’s easier than ever for anyone to start an indoor garden. Whether in an urban apartment or countryside estate, the tools and resources are more readily available than ever.
Especially in these unprecedented times with so many unknowns circulating around us, gardening can provide a much-needed boost to your spirits. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed -- especially when cooped up at home. Integrating some greenery into your home can bring you joy, routine, and purpose -- not to mention some yummy, organic homegrown additions to your dinner!
Here are nine reasons you should try growing plants in your home this year:
Plants provide mental and emotional therapy
Since the start of the global pandemic, our lives have been disrupted in ways that few ever imagined. Immense pain and hardship are being felt by people across the globe.
With so much seeming to be out of our control, staying sane and mentally healthy can feel like an impossible battle. Mental Health America reported an increase of at least 18-22% in the number of people taking mental health screenings in February and March 2020.
Illness, unemployment, loss, among many other factors can lead to anxiety, depression, and a lost feeling of purpose.
Adding some green to your windowsill or desk can provide a mood boost and kickstart your sense of purpose. You get to watch your plant grow -- in or outside of your planter -- and help it help you feel better.
Caring for a plant can reduce stress and distract you from whatever is dampening your spirits. Lean in and give your plant the time and energy that it needs. Before you know it, your in-home garden will be blossoming and you’ll be reaping the therapeutic benefits of the new homegrown greenspace that you created!
Plants improve your home’s air quality
Indoor plants have been scientifically proven to improve your home’s air quality. An extended study by NASA (study can be found here ntrs.nasa.gov/citations/19930073077 ) concluded that indoor plants work as effective air cleaners and improve overall air quality.
Photosynthesis absorbs carbon dioxide that is emitted by breathing organisms, processes it and releases it back into the atmosphere as oxygen. Give your plants ample sunlight and water and they will take care of the rest.
Plants can also minimize the negative effects of some chemicals that are emitted in poorly ventilated spaces. Paints, furniture, carpets, and even cosmetics can emit pollutants such as formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. Plants are cheaper, more natural, and far more aesthetically pleasing than air quality control systems.
You can eat home-grown, organic vegetables and herbs
Many people dismiss the idea of growing their own herbs and vegetables because it’s too much work.
However, with a little effort on the front end, it will actually save you time, energy, money, and perhaps best of all, those frantic last-minute trips to the grocery store.
A single trip to your local home and garden store or online order can get you fully equipped with all the essentials.
Put your pot next to a window where the sun shines in, plant your favorite vegetable and herb seeds, water them daily, and watch as your in-home garden grows.
When your vegetables and herbs are ready, simply pick them off the vine and toss them in your salad or on top of your favorite dish. They will be fresh, organic, delicious and fulfilling. You nurtured them throughout their journey from little seedlings to scrumptious dinner -- indulge and enjoy!
Indoor gardening is simpler than outdoor gardening
One of the most common reasons that people don’t garden is that they don’t have the space. If you live in an urban setting, gardening outside oftentimes simply isn’t an option.
So, does this mean you should give up on gardening altogether? Of course not.
Indoor gardening requires less space, effort, and movement than outdoor gardening. You also don’t need to invest in as many tools.
Starting an outdoor garden from scratch can feel like an enormous endeavor, but experimenting with indoor planters is an excellent low-risk, high-reward alternative for anybody with a home, window, and a desire to spruce up their in-home decor.
Sign up to get your Tevaplanter and watch your plants sprout -- much faster than a traditional planter without the need for soil or everyday watering.
Your in-home garden can be a year-round project
Weather presents a significant obstacle to outdoor gardening. Seasons are fleeting and many plants can only grow for a short period when the climate is just right.
If you live in a place with four seasons, you can immediately forget outdoor gardening for half of the year. And with global warming, hurricanes, tornadoes, windstorms, droughts, and a host of other environmental variables all capable of inflicting damage upon your garden, months of effort could be washed or blown away in an instant.
Inside the friendly confines of your home, you can control temperature, light, and water so your plants get what they need and are protected from the elements. When the summer green starts to turn autumn orange, outdoor gardeners must painstakingly prepare for the ground to freeze.
Your indoor garden, on the other hand, can undergo a much smaller transition. Plant a new herb, experiment with a new windowsill location, and keep things rolling through the cold of winter.
You can do it on a budget
Contrary to popular belief, starting an indoor garden doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, once you get it up and running, it will actually save you money.
With a small investment upfront, you can build an in-home garden that will be a reliable source of ingredients that you regularly buy from the grocery store.
Gardening planters start at just a few dollars. You can use seeds from the produce you already buy at the grocery store.
Start off simple with a couple of your favorite herbs. As those grow and you refine your process, you can expand to other herbs and try some vegetables.
There are countless cheap gardening ideas out there to try that won’t break the bank. It can be fun to put on your innovation hat and see what you’re capable of creating. Before you know it, you’ll have your in-home garden infrastructure built, be scheming next steps, and be saving on grocery store bills.
It’s easier than you think
Another common reason people don’t garden is they assume that it will be a ton of work.
Gardening can be a lot of work if your goal is to build something extravagant or produce enough to feed your neighborhood, but it certainly doesn’t have to be such a commitment.
You don’t need to spend hours toiling away with grunt work that you don’t enjoy -- no exhausting labor is necessary.
Position your plants near a window where they get plenty of light. Then spend a couple of minutes each day (or less if you’re using the Tevaplanter’s solid but porous planter design) caring for them and you will have a healthy, vibrant in-home garden -- and have plenty of energy to fully enjoy it!
You will find it fulfilling
It’s always hard to start new hobbies or routines. They seem difficult, uncomfortable, and overwhelming.
Then once you get off the starting blocks and develop a bit of rhythm, they don’t feel so hard. You even start to enjoy them. Whether it’s doing yoga, trying a new diet, or in-home gardening, it takes time and discipline to turn a new routine into YOUR new routine.
There will probably be days when your plant looks exactly the same as yesterday. You will probably be too tired to water your plants someday. At some point, your herbs will take a week longer than you expected.
But if you put in that little bit of effort each day, your plants will grow, and so will you. Some gardeners liken their plants to pets. They nurture them with time, love, and attention. They blossom and the gardener is able to take pride in helping them grow.
While comparing plants to pets may be a stretch for some, the connection between gardeners and their plants can run deep.
If you give your plant the support it needs, it will return the favor -- in a way that only a living organism that you share a connection with can.
There’s always room to grow
When you join a yoga class for the first time, you’re stiff, uncoordinated and have no idea what you’re doing. As you practice and develop a routine, you start to get the hang of it.
You practice more often, integrate elements into other parts of life and maybe even start recruiting your friends. Heck, maybe you decide you want to get your yoga instructor certification.
The same goes for gardening. You start with a couple of pots on your windowsill. Then you test out a couple of larger floor plants. Those are successful so you try growing some tomatoes on the counter.
Perhaps then it’s time to find a plot of land outside to try your hand at outdoor gardening. You invite your friends over for dinner and serve a fresh salad of veggies and herbs all grown in your own garden. Your friends ask you for gardening tips. Your gardening journey grows and evolves.
You can continue expanding your gardening repertoire, but you also can downsize or take a break whenever you want. Maybe one plant on your windowsill is the perfect amount for you.
That’s the great thing about gardening -- there are no right or wrong answers. Grow plants that make you happy. Find a routine that works for you. Harness your inner creativity in a way that works for you. Do as much or as little as you like. Enjoy the benefits of gardening on your terms.