Plants filter the air around them and absorb gases such as benzene, formaldehyde and/or trichloroethylene. They also emit oxygen.
If you intend to benefit from the improved air quality of an indoor garden in the new year, you should get your seeds planted right from the start.
- Get going! Spring is the perfect time to set up your indoor garden. This will give you a headstart on the summer season when flowers and vegetables are in full bloom.
- Select and purchase seeds online or by mail order. New, unique, and lesser-known varieties aren’t always available in stores. You’ll also save more money since seeds are cheaper than plants.
- Recycle containers. Empty yoghurt cups are a good example—just make sure you put holes in them for draining excess water so the plants’ roots don’t rot.
- Pick a spot for your indoor garden. Choose a location that gets ample sun exposure, such as a large window sill, so your plants will thrive.
- Prep your soil by using a seed-starting or sterile potting mix straight away. Most seed packages indicate the best time of the year to plant them. Otherwise, you can ask a local gardener for advice.
- Water your plants wisely. Putting drainage holes in your containers should give the soil enough moisture without drowning the seeds. Stick your finger into the soil regularly to check if there’s enough moisture.
- Use a combination of natural and artificial lighting for optimum results.