The latest Home Depot newsletter for garden club members has some great indoor gardening ideas for these cold winter months…
The first project is a garden dish, or a mini garden, suitable for any room in your home:
for this project you will need the following items:
- horticultural charcoal to keep the soil smelling fresh
- gravel for drainage
- a shallow, low sided, heavy (ceramic is good) dish, with no drainage hole in the bottom. You can use your imagination here to repurpose an old container. Any shape or depth will work with similar instructions, just use thicker layers of charcoal, gravel and soil.
- plants, such as coleus, succulents and cacti
- potting soil
- moss or sand to cover the soil
- decorative items such as shells, pretty stones, pine cones etc
- Sprinkle less than an inch of gravel and charcoal over the bottom of container. (thicker if container is deeper than a shallow dish)
- Un-pot your plants, and position them as desired, keeping in mind that you are trying to create a miniature landscape. Be sure to use plants with the same light and water requirements in one container. For example, succulents and cacti like bright light, but require very little water. In fact they will rot if watered too frequently.
- Surround the root-balls with soil, including a thinner layer over the non-planted gravel areas.
- Add a thin layer of moss or sand to ensure soil is covered.
- Tuck decorative items into moss or sand.
- Moisten your garden with a watering can or in the sink. Let it soak for a few minutes, then carefully tip out the excess water while holding the arrangement in place with your other hand. Repeat this procedure once a week or when the soil feels dry. Make sure your garden never sits in excess water.
- Given bright but indirect sunlight, most houseplants will thrive for months or even years in containers. Replace any overgrown or sickly plants as needed.
The next idea is for the transformation of a sunny window into a mini greenhouse that can showcase herbs and houseplants:
You will need the following items:
- measuring tape, ruler, electric drill, level, pencil, hand saw
- sand paper, wood putty, paint, moulding
- 1/2 inch thick piece of glass
- felt dots or plastic slide
1. Measure the depth and width of the window frame, and subtract half an inch from the width to determine the dimensions of the shelves.
2. Have a glazier cut a 1/2”-thick piece of glass to size for each shelf. For a more finished look, have the edges sanded. Using a level and a ruler for precision, make pencil marks where each shelf support should go, starting from the top of the window frame.
3. Make supports out of moulding by cutting two lengths of moulding for each shelf (the moulding length should equal the depth of the frame). Sand the ends smooth.
4. Drill three evenly spaced holes (just bigger than the head of a wood screw) in each support. Hold a support against the appropriate mark on the window frame, insert the bit of an electric drill through one of the holes, and drill a starter spot into the frame. Repeat for the other holes, and then countersink screws so the heads don’t show. Repeat for remaining supports. Fill holes with wood putty, sand smooth, and paint supports. Once paint dries, attach a felt dot or plastic glide to each support end, and set glass shelves in place.
Filling your home with houseplants, tropicals or locally grown, is a great way to detoxify the air in your home, especially in the winter when windows and doors are shut tight against the cold. Read this previous post to see how this works. To increase your collection of tropical houseplants, take advantage of Home Depot’s current offer:
Click on this link to download and print the coupon Home depot tropicals
There are many varieties of tropical houseplants to choose from, including the ever popular orchids. Orchids are easy to care for, providing colorful and long-lasting blooms. They are ideal for the indoor environment of your home and are sure to brighten up the dreary winter months. The biggest challenge when buying orchids is what color to choose as they are all beautiful!