After spending your whole life dreaming of this moment, you’ve finally moved to Pune wanting to launch your grown-up life on a high note. You did your exploration, found a 1 BHK flat for rent near Magarpatta City and you’re good to go. But when you actually step inside the flat and start unloading your stuff, all you see are blank walls and bland furniture. It makes you wish for something lively and colourful to give your space more character. Sure, you could go out and buy expensive decor items, but that’s really not worth the effort or the investment in a rental flat. Luckily, there’s an easier answer. Set up an indoor garden in an easy and inexpensive way to bring life to your flat. What’s more, we have the most straightforward three stage process for you to do it.
Hang on a moment, though. Maybe you’re a little concerned about gardening. Possibly you’ve never needed to take care of a plant, or you’re stressed you don’t have a green thumb. Maybe you’d prefer to know the upsides and downsides before you set up a nursery in your space. Well, whatever the case may be, you can put your worries to rest. Because our tips will make the whole process super easy for you. What’s more, it’s actually going to make your life even better. Having a few plants in your space will not only brighten up your flat,but will also cool down your space and further improve the air quality. In case that’s not enough to convince you, research shows that having plants around can positively affect your mood and help you feel less stressed. So, what are you waiting for? 3…2…1, how about we garden!
Stage 1: Finding the ideal spot
Before you rush off to the nearest nursery to find some plants to grow, it’s important to first find a place for your garden in your home. Depending on the type of plants that you keep, they may have certain specific requirements, but the basics like sunlight and water tend to be common to most species. So, look for the areas in your flat which get a large amount of natural light. These will be great for your plants to flourish in. This should be pretty easy during summer months in Pune, and a south-facing window or balcony in the winter months will come in handy as well. If your flat absolutely does not receive any sunlight, you can invest in grow lights that you can place in a convenient part of your flat or choose some sturdy succulents or herbs that don’t need a lot of sunlight to thrive. These small plants will make great additions to a desk, kitchen counter, or book-shelf and can dress up an otherwise plain-looking piece of furniture.
Stage 2: Choosing the plants and seeds
Whenever you’ve tracked down the ideal spot for your indoor garden, it’s time to populate it with your plant babies. You probably know that gardening is an exercise in patience. And if you’re willing to put in that effort and watch your plants sprout from seeds, kudos to you. But if you’re short on patience like us, buy a pre-flowering plant that you can nurture and spruce. These will require a lot less care than seedlings, depending on the type of plant, and you won’t have to worry about repotting them as they grow larger either. In either case, make sure that you’re choosing plants based on your lifestyle and their own durability. If you’re someone who travels a lot or doesn’t stay home often, it’s better to choose a sturdy plant that doesn’t need watering frequently. But if you work from home and want the accomplishment of keeping something alive, you can try growing your own spices, herbs or even vegetables like chillies and tomatoes.
Stage 3: Feeding and upkeep
All plants have different requirements with regards to water. Some require an everyday sprinkling while others can go a long time without a spritz from a watering can. Just make sure that you’ve done your research into what your plants require. Try to avoid over-watering or drowning your plants, even if they do need a regular sprinkling. A good thumb rule to remember is to ensure that the soil is damp rather than completely soaked. If your plant is one that doesn’t need a lot of water, keep a spray bottle handy to mist the leaves if they dry out or begin to get dusty. And not just water, your plants need to be fed and taken care of as well. You may have to relocate them to a larger pot as they keep growing, add manure to the soil at regular intervals, or trim off any dead leaves or brown spots. With a little TLC, they’re certain to grow well and brighten up your flat effortlessly.
Obviously, if you decide to live in a space by a managed accommodation provider like Stanza Living, your room will be a reflection of your vibe and personality. But a few plants will go a long way even there. So, go ahead, create your own indoor garden in Pune by following these simple steps.