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How to Start an Indoor Garden This Spring

Chicago Living Room Filled with a Beautiful Indoor GardenEven if you are a renter, gardening is something you can still do. In fact, you can grow a garden even without a large outdoor yard. There are a host of creative ways to begin your own garden inside your Chicago rental home. If you are interested in gardening, we have a few tips for your indoor gardening!

First off, think about where it is exactly that you want you set up your spring indoor garden. For best results, you’ll need good light for your garden. It’s not so much that you need a big space to set up. A really good spot would be a sunny windowsill or any other area that gets direct sunlight. But even if you don’t, you can create the light your plants will need by buying an inexpensive grow light for your garden. There are many different types and sizes of grow lights, so ensure that you get the right size for the garden you want to grow.

After you determine the space, you can decide on what type of plants to grow. Typically, gardening experts suggest starting with succulents. Succulents are very low-maintenance and grow quite well indoors. Your indoor garden shouldn’t be limited to just a few houseplants, however. You can start growing fresh herbs for your own cooking. If it’s something more challenging you want, you can plant vegetables like tomatoes or lettuce. With a few pots and some soil, you can grow fresh foods that can help you take your cooking to a whole new level.

Growing flowers indoors is not just achievable, it’s also very rewarding. There’s no need to fear climate and temperature changes if you’re growing flowers indoors. Because of this, you can try planting different kinds of flowers — from mini roses to exotic tropical varieties. If this is all quite new to you, don’t worry. You can start with something easier like annuals such as pansies, geraniums, or begonias. These flowering plants are easy to care for, and they give you wonderful flowers throughout the year.

To make sure that your indoor garden is a success, make sure that you use good quality plant-soil along with the right tools. You may need different types of soil to grow various plants. Some plants prefer soil with higher acidity, while others fare better in soil with a more neutral pH level. Get the right soil by looking into information that is available online. Don’t forget to buy the proper hand tools so that your plants can be well taken care of.

At last, make sure that your planters and pots have good drainage; also, water them correctly. You can do this by adding holes to the bottom of your pots and spreading a layer of rocks inside under the soil to avoid compacted soil. While all plants are in need of good drainage, they also need the correct amount of watering. Your plants will surely thrive if you set up a watering regimen for them. So that you don’t end up overwatering them, base your watering schedule on your plant’s water needs.

By following these indoor gardening tips, you can grow a healthy and happy garden right inside your Chicago rental home. Are you in the market for a new rental home? Visit our rental listing page or contact us today!

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