Indoor gardening is a great hobby to start that doesn’t take up too much of your budget to start, and can be very fulfilling when you see your plants finally grow from your hard work.
Here are four tips and tricks you can use to make your garden more sustainable:
1. Start your garden with a few seeds at a time to see how they grow out. If it’s your first time dabbling in indoor gardening and don’t have much experience, you need a way to gauge how your plants will grow and respond to the climate and other environmental factors of your HDB flat.
The key is to keep the environmental factors in mind when tacking the growth and progress of your seedlings. This is so that even if the first batch fails, you will have an idea as to why they failed in the first place and avoid doing the same thing with the next batch.
If these few test seeds do succeed and grow on to become seedlings, you can start doing the same thing you did to other seeds. The same thing should apply when you plan on adding other plants to your indoor garden.
2. Use recycled materials to start your indoor garden. Almost any material can be used for your indoor garden as long as you can think of a good use for it. For instance, anything biodegradable would make for great compost, and throwaway wooden pallet scraps or boards can be fashioned into a shelf to place your plants.
Toilet paper rolls and broken eggshells are especially great for holding and transplanting seedlings because they will gradually break down over time. With regular watering, they would make for good fertilizer.
Plastic bottles can also work well not just to contain seedlings and small growing plants, but also to protect them against harsh winds, garden snails, and other pest that will eat small plants.
3. Make your own compost with your food waste.
While you can always buy your own fertilizer to keep your plants growing healthily, you can do the same thing by separating your food waste at home and adding it to your compost.
You can start making your own compost by adding alternating layers of cardboard, newspaper, sawdust, and food waste into the container. Keep it closed and be sure to poke holes in the sides of the container and the lid to allow air flow in and out of the container.
As long as you have the necessary space and means to keep the smell of decaying organic matter from spreading throughout your HDB flat, you can go ahead and make your compost.