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4 Ways to Maintain and Protect an Indoor Garden

Gardening can be a great pastime. However, those without a lot of garden space or who live in an apartment may feel they can’t start a garden. Fortunately, there are ways to enjoy an indoor garden space where you can keep some of the plants that you love having around. Here are some ways to maintain and protect an indoor garden.

4 Ways to Maintain and Protect an Indoor Garden

Use Packing Peanuts

Root rot is one of the most common conditions that a household plant faces. You can prevent this condition by simply using packing peanuts in the bottom of your planter. This will provide adequate drainage. You’ll need to use a fabric or mesh material to hold your soil in place on top of the packing peanuts. You don’t just want to put soil directly on the peanuts, as it will likely fall in between them. Using packing peanuts will also make the planter much lighter to pick up and move than one filled will all soil.

Pick the Right Potting Soil

It can be very easy to just pick up a bag of potting soil at your local hardware store or garden center and use it for all of your plants. This isn’t ideal, as some plants thrive in different types of soils. For example, succulents, cactus, and rosemary all thrive in coarse soil. This is because the soil drains well. If the soil doesn’t drain, you may be dealing with mold and have to call in a mold remediation expert. Mold spores can spread through your house to your plants, so make sure your interior area is free of it.

Use Coffee Filters

An age-old trick for indoor plants is to use coffee filters. These should be placed on your packing peanuts. You’ll fill the coffee filter with your soil. This will keep all of your soil in place above the packing peanuts. It will also allow adequate drainage, so your plants don’t undergo conditions like root rot.

Mind Your Watering

When it comes to watering, the number one reason why household plants die is overdoing it. Most homeowners think that they need to water their plants every day or two. In most cases, this is way too much. On average, most plants need to be watered once a week. However, the necessary frequency for watering will be highly dependent on the type of plant that you’re growing.

Maintaining indoor plants can be a great hobby and bring a sense of relaxation into your home. Properly maintaining these plants can be a bit of a challenge at first. However, if you follow the four tips we’ve outlined for you above, you’ll be well on your way to having a beautiful indoor garden.

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Author Bio:  Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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