Tips to start a home garden

Let’s be honest; we love living the city life but sometimes all the noise and the traffic and the people become too much. Sometimes there’s never a moment of peace (except on match days) and you just want to stay at home and not be bothered by the honking and yelling and the lack of greenery around you. The first two you can’t really control but you can surround yourself with greenery.

Here are a few tips for you to get started on your home garden:

1. Pick the right spot:

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Before you rush to buy planters, seeds and soil, pick a nice spot in your house that is optimum for plant growth. Most plants need about 6-8 hours of sunlight a day so keep that in mind. A balcony or a window sill that isn’t too cluttered will work best.

2. Grow smaller plants:

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The most common problem with starting a home garden is obviously space. But there are hundreds of small plants that are perfect for the house. Herbs like basil, kadi patta, mint and coriander are super easy to grow and might just save you a trip to the friendly neighbourhood bhaajiwala.

3. Soil matters:

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The soil you buy plays a big part in how well your plants will grow. If you’re using soil from your building then chances are it isn’t very fertile so add a layer of organic matter like compost, dry grass or decayed leaves to give it a little boost. Also remember to mix in the organic matter when you dig in to plant your seeds.

4. Reuse what you have lying around:

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Instead of buying brand new planters try using things you have lying around the house to grow your plants in. Tin cans, old cups and plastic bottles will all do the job and give your garden a slightly funky look.

 

This might seem like a bunch of work but it’s so worth it when you see that first sapling break out from the dirt. Also the simple act of working with your hands is super relaxing when you want a break from all the hustle & bustle. So get those green thumbs going and build yourself a mini garden.

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