A home with a garden can be healthier, happier, and safer. Think about it — you can stockpile food and medicine until you run out of room, but there’s only so much you can hold. A garden, on the other hand, is a renewable source of food, herbs, and more. Incorporating gardening into your home can be a resource for healthy, fresh from the garden food, while also improving the health of your home and family.
Creating An Outdoor Garden
With an outdoor garden, you’ll be able to plant vegetables, herbs, and more. These can be used for fresh food, and some plants can be medicinal as well. For example, an aloe vera plant is useful for healing burns and other skin issues.
Use these tips to create an outdoor garden that’s both functional and beautiful for your home.
- Choose the right spot. Find a location that is easy to access, but far enough away from your home that it gets at least six hours of sunlight each day. Usually, it’s best to plant your garden at least 10 feet away from your home so you’ll have good access to light. It should also have good drainage and air circulation, and ideally, rich soil. Consider functionality, too, as you’ll want it to be close to water and tool storage.
- Prepare the ground. Clear the garden area, then add organic matter, such as decayed leaves, dry grass clippings, or compost. These improve the quality of the soil. You should then cultivate the soil, which makes it easier for roots to penetrate and reach water.
- Choose plants. When choosing plants, research which ones will do best in your climate each season. You should also think about which herbs and vegetables you’ll get the most use out of if you’re planting your garden for food.
- Stay on top of regular maintenance. You’ll need to water your garden regularly and help it stay healthy with mulching and weeding. Each season, you’ll need to transition your garden so you’re keeping the plants that can do well with the changing weather. It’s a good idea to save seeds in between seasons if you can, so you’ll have everything you need to start over when it’s time to plant again.
An indoor garden can be a good choice, too, whether you’re gardening outdoors or not. You can avoid harsh temperatures outside, and indoor gardens are less susceptible to pests and theft. However, an indoor garden can be limited. You’ll likely have less space available for indoor gardening than you would outside, and generally, you’ll need to use grow lights for plants to grow well. However, for some plants and the right sized indoor garden, window light can be enough.
You’ll follow many of the same steps in indoor gardening as you would outdoors. You’ll want to find a location that offers enough space and light to accommodate your garden. Think about which plants can do well indoors, and that you’ll get the most use out of.
Whether you’re gardening indoors, outdoors, or both, plants at home can be a helpful addition to your lifestyle. You can eat your own food, improve indoor air quality with air purifying plants, and improve your overall health and wellness as you benefit from having plants at home.
About the Author:
Susan Austin is a family research specialist with Family Living Today. A mother of three and small business owner in Texas, Austin spends her days juggling work and family life — sometimes expertly, sometimes not.