Gardening outdoors is lovely when the weather cooperates, but there are many circumstances in which it’s less than ideal: during the sweltering days of summer, when the mosquitos come out to play, when local wildlife decides to chomp on your carefully nursed plants . . . Plus, when you garden indoors, you don’t have to worry about kneeling on the ground, lugging around a hefty watering can, or protecting yourself from the sun’s rays. You can simply stroll over to your plants when they’re in need of a little TLC. If you need some help getting started, scroll down to check out some fun and easy indoor gardening ideas for seniors.
Indoor Gardening Ideas for Seniors
Pots on a Windowsill
The classic indoor garden! If you have a windowsill that can support a pot or two, create your little garden there, where the plants will have access to plenty of sunlight. But before you choose your plants, consider what direction the window faces and how much sunlight it receives. Some plants require lots of sunlight, while others thrive in partial or full shade.
If you have other plans for your floor space and your windowsill isn’t wide enough for pots, consider creating a hanging garden! Not only will it help you take advantage of your home’s vertical space, but also your plants will get great air circulation, and you won’t have to worry about bending or kneeling to take care of your plants. Plus, plants that dangle down from their pots — pothos, peperomia hope, string of pearls, etc. — are quite beautiful and unique.
A terrarium is a miniature garden constructed within a small, sealed container like a bottle or jar. In this environment, moisture-loving plants can thrive. These include spider plants and nerve plants. Terrariums are an excellent choice for seniors because they’re easy to make, easy to maintain, and yet very rewarding. You can even update your terrarium throughout the year to reflect your mood or the season!
Because succulents thrive in nearly every environment, they’re an excellent choice for a beginner gardener. Keep in mind that some succulents grow much faster than others, so it’s best to pick varieties that grow at similar rates so they won’t crowd each other out. Some easy options include aloe vera, haworthias, hens and chicks, jade plants, and gasteria.
Kitchen Herb Garden
Planting herbs at home is an excellent way to ensure that you always have some fresh herbs to add to your food. And fortunately, many herbs are quite easy to grow. The following are popular options:
- Basil (Perfect for sprinkling on pizza!)
- Cilantro (How about some fresh guacamole?)
What do you think? Does one of these indoor gardening ideas strike your fancy? Studies show that having flowers and greenery in your home can help reduce your blood pressure and anxiety levels — plus, plants are nature’s air purifiers! So if you’re interested in gardening, why not give it a try? Even if you don’t have the greenest thumb, you can cultivate a lovely indoor garden.
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