There’s just something very relaxing about being around plants. As we move into an urban environment with more steel than plants in sight, our craving for being close to nature is apparent from our frequent getaways to more tranquil places. If you build a home garden and nurture it, you won’t have to run away to someplace else when you need your green therapy!
If you have what is called the ‘green thumb’, put it to good use and plant away. By having a host of vegetables like ladies finger, brinjal, and beans in your garden along with a few lovely yet hardy flowers like chrysanthemum and lilies, you can have a green space that is easy to maintain. The more seasoned professionals can try their hands at some capsicum and San Marzan tomatoes perhaps? If you’re just starting out, a few leafy vegetable crops will look lush and provide all the nutrition you need.
If you’re not much of an outdoorsy person, or if space is a constraint, you can bring the garden into your homes and balconies! Small herbs like coriander and basil can grow in your kitchen’s windowsill and require minimal maintenance. Crotons make for great indoor plants and can grow with minimal care. If you’re in the mood for it, you can even consider growing your own vegetables in pots! Green chilies and bitter gourd do particularly well in pots. You can also consider hanging a few pots from the balcony railing to ensure ample sunlight.
With time being short, companies such as TrustBasket and Springfinity have come up with do-it-yourself kits that give you all the starter material and inspiration you need to get started. Adapt a few organic practices, or just grow some orchids and succulents for a Japanese garden feel. Even better, bring some plants indoors and watch as they brighten up your space- crotons, Aloe and hanging ornamentals are great additions indoors.
Naturally, how can décor be far behind? If you’re looking for an alternative for potting, there are no better places to visit than flea markets. Stalls in these markets often stock up on the most curious looking pots and hangers, so you just need to keep an eye out and pick what suits your budget.
Starting a gardening hobby is very therapeutic. The only starting material you need is your own creativity and lots of mud.