We all want to add a bit of green and freshness to our homes. But when you want to add more plants to your home and space is premium, it’s hard to know which items are crucial and which you can go without. Remember these gardening essentials and ideas if you want to embrace your green thumb while living in a small space.
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Small-Space Gardening Essentials: Watering Can
When considering your gardening and plant essentials, a watering can is usually the first thought. After all, it’s one of the most basic of basic plant tools. Just because they all work, doesn’t mean you should get yours just anywhere.
This H&M watering can will elevate any space and will double duty as decor. Its simplistic brass aesthetic makes it a piece that can be left in any space and look as if it were designed to be there.
Metal Watering Can, H&M, $34.
Creative Vertical Storage
With all these fantastic new plants you may run into a slight problem, running out of space to keep your plants. However, there’s no need to worry. In this case, too much of a good thing is just a good thing. When running out of space you’ll want to get creative with how and where you keep your foliage family. Consider building your own vertical hanging storage. This way you can display both your plants and your handy skills for all to see.
Like people, different plants have different needs. The most obvious factors would be water and lighting. For the more demanding of plants, you may need a grow light. These will allow you to control the amount of light getting to your neediest greenery. A bit of sunshine does all of us good, even if sometimes it’s fake.
These simple and versatile grow lights are a must have. With adjustable height, timer, and lighting they ensure ideal exposure to and plant.
LORDEM Full Spectrum LED Plant Light, Amazon, $20.
Once you start growing (pun intended) your plant family you might find that they command a lot of space. The better you’re doing for caring for them the more space they will actually take up.
Rather than letting them take up all of your counter and table space, you’ll want to create a designated space for them. This will reduce crowding as well as serve as an ideal space for them. Whether you buy or make your own shelving, you’ll want it where the plants can receive their ideal temperatures and lighting.
A wood palette garden is a simple, versatile, and sustainable way to manage this. Lightweight and self-contained, you can learn how to make a wood palette herb garden perfect for small patios and balconies.
Get Creative With Planters
If you want to keep and care for indoor plants, you can’t really avoid planters. It’s easy to fall into a habit of just using whatever basic clay pots they sell at the grocery store, or even using the plastic ones they come in. However, there’s a better way. Planters come in all different shapes, sizes, and levels of drainage. This means that you can not only buy planters that look cute and will suit your plants but also make your own. One easy and sustainable to make your own is by using items already in your home.
Glass jars make for idea planters. Both washable and reusable they make perfect planters that will not only help your plants get all the sun they need, but will also look cute perched in any windowsill.
Having our plants in and around our space is always a plus. After all, we want our homes to feel fresh and alive. However, sometimes our plants deserve a space of their own. A terrarium can be an excellent option for certain plants and situations. The primary benefit is that they make it much easier to control the atmosphere. A smaller enclosed area will allow you to maintain humidity and moisture levels much more easily. Succulents and cacti in particular will benefit from having an enclosure of their own.
This stylish geometric terrarium allows you to provide your plants the best atmosphere while doubling as an aesthetic addition to your home.
Geometric Glass Terrarium Planter, Amazon Canada, $40.
The best sign of healthy plants is growth. As they grow, they will eventually require larger pots and planters. When that time comes you’ll need your handy-dandy trowel.
Often confused as being just large pointy spoons, or a shovel for gnomes, trowels are incredibly versatile. Perfect for aerating roots, repotting, and controlling soil levels, your trowel will be an essential part of your arsenal.
Growth is great, but you can have too much of a good thing. When plants grow too much, they become weighed down which can compromise them. In order to keep them healthy, you will need to ensure that they aren’t getting too large. You can prevent and control this with a good set of pruning scissors.
Using them to trim any excess from your plant will help them to thrive and perform at their best. Cutting your precious green babies may feel scary, but we promise they will thank you for it.
Many of the same rules of watering can apply to spritzers. The difference between the two is only the needs of the plants. Some of your plants will thrive under the occasional stream of water, and others need a good misting.
If your little green dependents like a spritz, consider spoiling them, and you, with one from a more elevated spritzer. After all, we buy plants to improve a space. Why would you ever bring it down with tools that aren’t cute?
This decorative glass and gold watering mister perfectly blends form and function. Its chic aesthetic makes it a useful tool and its own decorative piece.
Ebristar Plant Mister, Amazon Canada, $18.
There’s not really a way to go wrong with gloves, any will do. So, why not have fun with it? Consider finding a pair of gloves that you truly enjoy.
However, they will keep your hands clean and making a great pair part of your routine will only add to your daily joy.
Gardening Gloves, Etsy, $26.