Gardens can be cultivated in many forms, and indoor vertical gardens are an increasingly popular way to work in a fresh, green space nearly anywhere.
Some restaurants and commercial businesses use large indoor garden designs to add ambiance and to improve indoor air quality, but they are also great for home interiors, adding aesthetic and air cleaning properties.
A study which examined the effects of indoor plants over time at the workplace found that indoor gardens helped promote cleaner oxygen in indoor spaces and can reduce volatile organic compounds that can be found inside from paint or construction materials.
Besides being visually enticing, they also provide many other health benefits.
Some of the study recruits’ blood oxygen levels were raised by 1%, and eye irritants were reportedly reduced by 52%. Additionally, headaches, lung and respiratory problems declined. Furthermore, workers’ efficiency levels reportedly rose as much as 20%.
Indoor gardens can be set up along an entire wall, or done on a strip or smaller section. They can be planned to fit any space, but can also be tailored to any budget.
When planning designs and choosing growing concepts, consider the care involved as more elaborate installations may require more upkeep, and smaller-scale gardens can be easier to tend to.
For a simple project, DailyCandy has step-by-step instructions for putting up an indoor floating garden. This rendition is made just using plants, containers, lightweight soil and a frame or pocket container attached to the wall.
Wooden pallets are perfect for reusing as greenery fixtures. Check out a how-to.
Alternatively, containers or other repurposed objects suitable for planting can be mounted securely on a wall and filled with different plants.
Want to do a spin on the concept and go a different direction? Turn things upside down.
One product called the Sky Planter is a basic planting system which consists of a container that hangs upside down but doesn’t spill. It has a seed insert and hanging materials, and it can even grow edibles inside the units.
Examples of produce and herbs that grow well this way are provided by the company.
This idea could also be applied to a budget saver do-it-yourself project by affixing a plastic container lid or other object with drainage holes drilled into it to a planter. It may take trial and error, but once you find a fit for the planter, hang it with a macramé style hanger or attach it to a secure hook and loop or chain system.
Indoor vertical gardens add a decorative touch that provides more than just a pretty diversion, but promotes a healthier indoor space too.
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