Gardening indoors or outdoors
Our garden is our refuge. A place where we can relax with a frozen drink in one hand, a good book in the other, because the energy of nature surrounds us. Whether indoors on our living room windowsills or outdoors in a lush green landscape, the physical and psychological rewards of a garden come together.
But it can be difficult when it comes to maintaining the growing environment. The way we choose to create our garden determines the requirements for its maintenance. Indoors and out, the differences say a lot about what is best for having a thriving garden this summer.
Indoor gardening is starting to become a trend among urban families. Specifically with regard to growing their own food. For obvious reasons, the convenience of having fresh tomatoes, herbs, peppers, greens, etc. meters away and ready to cut, cook and enjoy is a benefit for any health conscious person or family.
As for plants and flowers, indoor cultivation has been studied to contribute to the overall appeal and ambiance of an indoor space, but has also been shown to improve mood, decrease stress, and enhance creativity.
And, during the winter months, it is safer to meet the needs of plants and flowers during their budding process indoors than outdoors, where the growing season seems to be over before it has start.
But, there are things to consider when planting indoors versus outdoors.
For starters, containers, pots, and an airy planting mix are a must when obtaining. started your indoor garden projects. Living in an urban neighborhood would be quite a challenge when it comes to creating space for a gardening landscape, which makes growing indoors the best option.
Indoors the house can accommodate a variety of plants, flowers, and produce, but you need to be careful with your space and what can grow in that available area. For plants and flowers, depending on the species, certain considerations will need to be taken into account, to ensure the right space and light for growth. For example, purple hearts or geraniums would excel in a windowsill where the sun is in direct contact for several hours. But plants like African violets or oxalis would thrive best in a more penetrating light setting.
Keeping pests away indoors also requires a lot less maintenance. Why? In an outdoor garden, gardeners are inclined to spray chemicals that will repel insects and small animals like rabbits and the like.
But for an indoor garden, maintaining good air circulation, lighting and water for your plants is paramount, and indoors you can also simply remove pests from your flowers or spray your plants. plants with a natural non-toxic treatment such as liquid soap. and distilled water, will allow your garden to thrive without being eaten away.
While it’s true that nature knows the best, sometimes nature can be out of our control. Outdoor plants need a balanced amount of water and sun to rise. But what happens on cloudy and rainy days?
By growing indoors, we have the ability to control the amount of light, nutrients and water that our vegetation receives on a daily basis.
Outdoor gardening is a completely different experience, indoor gardening can control many factors, light, water, nutrient composition, soil quality and many more. Outdoor gardening is more like a dance between you, the gardener and nature, where nature takes the lead in the dance. You can control what you grow, and to some extent you can make adjustments to things like soil quality, location, conditions, and the space of your garden.
But you have no control over the climate, pests, and watering of your garden when it is outdoors. There are other considerations, but these are the basics. It takes a lot more time, energy, and attention to grow outdoors.
Deciding where to plant and what to plant will be essential as you begin your outdoor garden adventure. Making sure you test your soil and make any necessary adjustments to improve soil quality even before you plant your seeds or seedlings is vital. Making sure your space has adequate lighting, depth (think carrots or potatoes), and spacing will also make all the difference in getting the best results for your garden needs.
These are perhaps the weirdest remedies yet! For shrubs and flowers, you can create sprays like garlic spray, based on garlic oils or garlic extracts; tobacco vaporizer made from boiling organic tobacco leaves (which can be bought in many grocery stores or tobacco shops) by adding a few drops of dish soap and finally any alcohol-based mouthwash
There’s also Epsom salt, hot pepper repellant, and citrus sprays that you can also use to keep unwanted guests from eating your hard work. For vegetables, keeping them away from other plants, pretty flowers, and especially weeds, will reduce the likelihood of pest control spreading. These natural pesticides will do wonders in warding off insects, but won’t add any harmful chemicals to the flowers and vegetables in your garden!
The weather plays an important role in the habitat of your garden. In fact, adding compost to improve soil quality, watering your plants regularly, and taking the time to spray them against pests, is a healthier and more natural way to reduce any potential contamination, which results in more produce. safe to eat and a vibrant space. it will even encourage butterflies to stop for a visit.
So with all of that being said, we are left with a question for ourselves – Are we in or out?
I am [Kiera Baity] a 26 year old graduate student pursuing my Masters in Professional Writing with a specialization in Creative Writing. I write fiction, non-fiction, songs, poetry, news, blogs, social media content, and articles (to name a few). I also hike, roller skate, and paint the side for inspiration. What makes my writing unique is the way I mix my prose with the facts. Ultimately, producing content that is both informative and intriguing.