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Even the grittiest concrete jungles need a touch of nature. That’s why they are often surrounded by parks and trees. And apartment tenants can also partake in the added benefits that only nature can provide by learning how to incorporate a garden from within their apartments.
Plants are natural air purifiers–they remove carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Some plants, like bamboo, can also remove toxins from the air. You can also boost your health by growing chamomile, which is helpful for strengthening the immune system, or lavender, which can be made into an essential oil. Aloe plants, which can be used for everything from burns to skin moisturizers, are also a great option for apartment gardens.
As cities continue growing, cultivating an indoor garden may help reduce food waste and greenhouse gases generated by large cities. Plus you have the added convenience of having access to fruits, veggies, and herbs without leaving home.
Plants add calm and positive vibes to the home. Research suggests some plants can even enhance your creativity and boost your productivity and cognitive performance as well. You might have experienced this effect firsthand the last time you bought flowers or walked through a park. This is why horticulture therapy is used to help treat schizophrenia, dementia, and depression.
Climate change is getting worse, and many insects and animals are on the losing end of this trend. By having a garden, you are helping to preserve the natural habitats of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. These insects are an essential part of our ecosystem and must continue to exist in order to keep our habitat balanced.
Here are some things to know before you start your apartment garden:
If you are going to have an apartment garden, you’ll need to water and feed your plants regularly. Adequate water is essential for ensuring plant growth. As plants grow, the soil will dry out quickly. Besides watering, make sure you apply the appropriate fertilizers to your plants.
Indoor plants are vulnerable to diseases and pests. Keep an eye on your plants to look for signs of pests and disease. A telltale indication of this is spotting holes in the leaves. If necessary, remove the plant and treat it with the appropriate insecticides.
When growing plants, especially fruits and veggies, find out when they can be harvested. You don’t want to allow the product to become too ripe.
Most people are discouraged from starting a garden in their apartment because they’ve been misinformed about how complicated it can be or fear the plants will die. But if you choose the right plant and maintain the proper growing conditions in your apartment, you’re almost guaranteed success.