If youíre living in the jungles of Brazil or South America, it's very unlikely that I would recommend that you start an indoor garden. However, if you are like most of the rest of us living in the western world, you donít have tropical plants and vegetation creeping up to the edge of your door steps. And we are the ones that might be interested in getting into "Indoor Gardening".
Why Indoor Gardening?
Why would someone be interested in indoor gardening? (As opposed to growing one outdoors.) We'll, here's a few reasons to consider:
You probably wonder how indoor gardening can be good for you. Well it has nothing to do with the act of gardening, but with the plants instead. If you think back to the good old days of high school, you might vaguely remember hearing something in science class about plants and photo-something-or-other.
To refresh your memory, itís a process called photosynthesis. This is where plants remove carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen as a by-product. Or stated in another way, it is the synthesis of sugar, from light, carbon dioxide and water, with oxygen and water being by products. It is arguably the most important bio-chemical process known to man and nearly all life depends on it.
The simplified equation for photosynthesis in plants is as
If youíre living in a jungle then you're surrounded by plenty of oxygen, but when living in a house in the city, as most of us do, having indoor plants is the next best thing to having more fresh air.
Selecting Interior Plants
When planning your miniature indoor garden there are a variety of stunning plants to choose from. Some that might not be available to the outdoor gardener because of the particular climate that you live in. Visit your local plant nursery to see what they have available.
Here are some selection guidelines:
Youíll find that some plants can be temperamental and will just not grow anywhere inside. For a simple and easy way to start an indoor garden, try your hand at herb gardening. They are easy to grow and best of all, useful in the kitchen.
Transporting House Plants
The two seasons of the year that can cause damage to plants being transported are the hot summer and the cold winter months.
If youíre not an outdoorsy type of person and donít want a close encounter with the wormy kind, then gardening just doesnít get any better than indoor gardening. The benefits of indoor gardening are many!
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