It’s barely spring, but are you ready for full fledged everything’s green, flowers blooming, birds chirping, consistent 75 degree days? If you just can’t wait for spring to get here in all her glory, planting an indoor window garden might be just cure you need! Indoor gardens bring life and color into the house when nature isn’t quite ready to comply.
- Planting Pots
- Flowers, Herbs and/or Veggies
- Potting Soil
- Plant Food
Choose the window for your garden and determine how your garden ideas will work there. Will the space only allow for small to medium-sized pots inside a window planter or is there enough sill or shelf to set a cluster of individual pots? Decide on what kind of plants you want there and how well they will fare in the window. Before choosing plants, know how much sunlight they require and understand that they will need proper drainage, periodic fertilization, and – in some cases – supplemental light, to grow to their full potential. Flowers and houseplants are common choices, but herbs and even some vegetables can work too.
Don’t feel like you have to have a garden with only flowers, or only herbs or vegetables; a combination of all kinds of plants can work. Just remember to plant each kind of plant in its own container.
You can find a wide variety of individual pots and planters at your local Waters True Value hardware store for planting your window garden. You can also pick up potting soil, fertilizer and any other gardening supplies and tools that you need.
A Bit of Color
One of the best things about indoor plants, especially flowers, is they brings lots of color to a room. And guess what? You can choose the color!
Have a navy and white kitchen that could use some yellow? Or a formal sitting room furnished with all kind of gorgeous antiques, try something in a soft pink to add femininity to the room. Or, maybe you are one of those lucky people with a screened in patio or even a greenhouse off your home. You can choose a whole array of colors!
Choose what you like whether it’s one color or ten. One type of flower or multiple. Finds what makes you happy. After all, that’s what flowers are for right?
Pot Your Plants
If planting flowers, petunias and pansies are good species with which to begin your garden. Take the plant out of the pot it was in when you bought it and gently shake off the old potting soil or mix from the root ball. If the roots are tightly wound, gently slice the sides of the root ball in two or three places.
Fill 1/3 of a new pot with potting soil and insert the plant stem or root ball. Fill in around the sides of the root ball with more potting soil, pressing lightly. The plant should be at the same soil level as it was originally growing and there should be a 1/2” to 1” space from the top of the mix to the lip of the pot.
Helpful Tip: When selecting potting soil, choose a mix that specifically identifies what it’s made of. Avoid bags that just say “peat” or “compost.” Instead, look for potting soil with specific ingredients, like “sphagnum peat moss.” This potting soil will be higher quality and better for your plant.
When you’re done potting your plants, organize the pots on the sill or group a few pots together inside a planter and place or install it on the sill.
Water, Feed and Prune
Water the plant, thoroughly soaking the potting mix. Then allow it to drain. To ensure that your plants grow healthy and strong, feed them immediately after repotting and on a regular basis. Be careful though not to use too much fertilizer; follow package instructions carefully. Use a liquid plant food such as Miracle-Gro® Liquid All-Purpose Plant Food, available at your local Waters True Value. Use sharp scissors to cut away browned and dead stems and tips.
That’s it! You added life, color and a little bit of spring with just a few easy steps. Enjoy.