The National Gardening Survey conducted in 2018 revealed that more households in the United States than ever —77 percent—participate in gardening. According to the survey, the proportion of older gardeners remains steady at 35 percent, but more young people have taken up gardening. Per the data, people between the ages of 18 and 34 now make up 29 percent of all households that garden. Younger gardeners typically receive their knowledge of the activity from gardening by using gardening apps and visiting gardening websites.
It’s great that more people are gardening, as this pastime not only gives people a needed sense of responsibility and activity during quarantine, and blooming flowers or fresh produce to enjoy, but it allows people to harness some excellent health benefits.
For instance, when you move around watering and looking after plants, you can burn quite the number of calories. Additionally, gardening increases your blood circulation and your whole-body movement, depending on what gardening chores you choose to do.
Gardening requires body movements that help people work towards a healthier blood pressure. Furthermore, surrounding yourself with the greenery of the plants and vegetables in a garden can make you feel calm, helping to reduce any symptoms related to anxiety, stress, or depression that you may experience.
While outdoor gardening is a great way to be physically active, enjoy fresh air, and receive sunlight and vitamin D, gardeners can harness this pastime’s health benefits even if they do it inside.
Like with an outdoor garden, an indoor garden enables people to grow beautiful flowers and plants, and if they choose to, produce. Growing your produce can help affect healthier eating options.
By following the steps below, people can start a fantastic indoor garden.
Step One: Start Small
There’s no waste involved when you grow produce for yourself, whereas it can be a waste when you purchase fresh produce from the store and consume less than you bought, or you are unable to obtain the amount you prefer.
Some of the most significant issues people face when starting a garden relate to space and location. Creating a garden with too large or too little of an area can be frustrating, and may garner results that discourage new gardeners.
When starting a garden, start small and follow a trial-and-error process. Consider using plot sizes that are easy to manage, such as an eight-by-eight foot area. Using raised beds or containers can help you gain the perspective you need to care for and watch several plants’ growth habits properly.
Step Two: Find an Ideal Location
When choosing the ideal location for your garden, it’s essential to consider the amount of shade and sunlight an area receives.
Many annual flowers and vegetables need full sun for part of the day, so homeowners with shady areas may want to consider looking for and growing plants that can better tolerate these conditions.
Step Three: Achieve the Right Amount of Light
One way around the issue of sun versus shade is to enhance the lighting used in your home, as indoor lighting will significantly affect a garden inside the house. Technological advancements have facilitated the plant growing process, improving the efficiency and productivity of lights used to grow plants.
Per the indoor gardening experts at Hydro Blossom, there are a variety of grow lights available on the market, including high-pressure sodium (HPS), metal halide (MH), light-emitting diode (LED), and the ceramic metal halide (CMH).
When using hydroponics—growing plants by using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent rather than using soil—it can be challenging to obtain the right amount of lighting. Lighting is available in so many variants, and each set of plants can react differently to light if you don’t sustain the growing conditions.
The main goal is for the installed lighting to replicate natural changes in sunlight throughout each season to promote the different growth stages, and for plants to receive the necessary nutrients and energy for activating photosynthesis.