Apartment-living, like anything in life, comes with its own set of pros and cons. Con: the walls are so thin you can hear your next door neighbors breathing. Pro: when the 20-year-old fridge in your kitchen inevitably breaks, you're not the one who has to replace it! I've been living in rentals for about eight years now, and while one day I'd like to buy a little fixer-upper of my own, for now I'm figuring out how to enjoy the temporary spaces I inhabit. Here are a few tricks I've learned that can help you put your own mark on your apartment. Bonus - everything is reversible, so you don't have to worry about a disgruntled landlord!
Renting can be a real buzzkill sometimes, but we find ways to deal with the non-permanence of it all. In my case, I got stuck with one of the only units in my apartment complex that doesn't have a window over the kitchen sink, leaving me without a windowsill to display the indoor herb garden I've wanted for years and cats who would attack my garden anywhere else. Since above the sink are kitchen cabinets that I cannot drill through (for fear of losing my deposit), I found that a tension rod was the perfect solution to my problems! By planting my DIY indoor herb garden in a hanging flower box, I could hang the garden from a tension rod resting between two cabinets for a drill-free DIY!
The key to making a hanging herb garden held up by a tension rod is to keep the weight as low as possible. It helps if your tension rod is only extended a little bit as it loses stability the more it is extended. The opening between my cabinets was about 4 feet, so the small tension rod (splurge on a good one!) only needed to extend about 6-8 inches to fit the space. Check how much weight it is expected to hold just to be on the safe side! So far, I've found mine to feel very sturdy. Once a week, I'll remove the planter to get a little extra sun on my kitchen table and make sure to tighten the rod.
Here's how to plant and maintain your own DIY indoor herb garden!
Add a thin layer of rocks to the bottom of the planter. Without drainage in the planter, this will help keep the soil from holding too much water.
Spread a thin layer of soil on top of the rocks.
Remove the herbs from their grow pots and add on top of the soil, leaving at least a few inches between each. Fill in with additional soil. Use just enough to fill in the space and cover the roots because you need to keep the weight low.
Note: I used basil, parsley, mint and cilantro. Based on my research, most herbs can grow comfortably together in a single planter!
Twist the tension rod in place until tight. Carefully hang the planter box on the rod. The soil will shift to the front and that's okay!
Now you can have fresh herbs at your disposal whenever you want!
How to Care for an Indoor Herb Garden
Trim herbs occasionally and water them every few days when the top of the soil begins to feel dry. The rocks at the bottom of the planter will allow for drainage so that the soil does not become waterlogged. About once a month, try using an organic fertilizer to water an indoor herb garden. Fertilizer will add nutrients and help the herbs maintain pH levels and grow like weeds!
Since mine are a little far from the window, I remove the box at least once a week to spend the day on our kitchen table soaking up sunlight. Whenever possible, it's best to place your herbs on a windowsill to get several hours of light per day.
Keep an eye on your tension rod, but as long as your indoor herb garden planter is less than 10 pounds, it should hold up! Who says renters can't have nice things?!
In my part of the world, the hot, sunny summer growing season does not overlap much with the rainy season. It can go weeks without a drop of rain in the summer, which makes watering my vegetable garden daily a necessity. But summer is also vacation time, so if you don’t have a sprinkler system, how do you keep everything from dying while you’re gone? Don’t worry, there are a variety of DIY solutions to this problem.
Believe it or not, I use to be a professional plant killer. Turns out, with a little love and care, keeping plants alive is really not that hard! You just need to know a few key tips. So today I'm sharing 10 low light houseplants (I actually own all of these) that are tough to kill (because I haven't killed them yet!). So, if you want to introduce a few plants into your home, but you're not sure you can keep them green, here are some you might want to look into!
What do you do when you run out of horizontal space for houseplants? Go up! A vertical garden made of wall-mounted plants is easier to put together than you might think, and we have a step-by-step tutorial to show you how to make your own.
There are two things that I'm currently obsessing over: plants and sparkling water. My love of greenery has been ramping up since the springtime, but my La Croix crush is still pretty fresh. I don't know how it happened - I've never cared for carbonated, unsweetened beverages before this, but I'm literally poppin' a can of La Croix every day now. To combine these two trends, I present to you the La Croix planter project. If you have five minutes to spare, this is the craft for you!
The month of January is usually all about improvement. You get a gym membership, you begin eating healthier, you buy a planner, and you start recycling. In this season of self-care, it's good to reflect on how our home benefits us - specifically, the things within our home. Houseplants are a great addition to any dwelling, not only because they visually make spaces feel more "alive," but because they are also good at improving health and productivity. Want some more good news? There are also air-purifying houseplants that can naturally clean out organic pollutants in your home. Check out these attractive plants that can make your home happier and healthier in the new year.
I, in typical millennial fashion, am obsessed with houseplants. It's a recent obsession, one I only came upon over the past two years. It all started with a single succulent that I scooped up for free because someone was going to toss it in the trash. I took that succulent home, and shortly after, learned how to propagate it. My one succulent turned into two, and then three, and from there on out, I was hooked. While I'm a few (dozen) houseplants away from being a true #plantlady, I can dream of being as green-thumbed as these 15 women. Keep reading for my favorite plant ladies that you should start following on Instagram.
While I’m a firm believer that everyone is creative, I understand that many people aren't comfortable with the idea of painting or drawing their own wall art. Heck, I’ve worked with paint all my life and sometimes I still don’t feel completely at ease with a paintbrush in hand!
The wonderful thing about art is that you can make it out of pretty much anything. So if you're looking for a way to decorate your walls, instead of going down...
I'd love to be a plant lady (I hear this is the new cat lady!) but there's one problem...I can't seem to keep my plants alive. No matter how hard I try, I was not blessed with the gift of a green thumb. Instead, my house is filled with fake plants so that I can enjoy the greenery without the constant fear of killing them. I also have cats, and it's difficult to find plants that are nontoxic to pets, and they generally leave the fake plants alone. Fake plants can be really beautiful, so I've rounded up a variety of fake plants with the potential to make your home look like it's part of the outdoors!
I've been wanting to try my hand at making a macramé plant hanger for a bit, but just haven't gotten around to it yet. It got me thinking though... macramé is a knot-tying craft, and crocheting is basically knot tying, but with more loops. Could I make a crochet plant hanger instead? The answer is: yes! And you can too. Even if you've never crocheted before, I'm here to walk you through it.
We are toe-deep in this air plant trend (I say only toe deep because they are very teeny plants). Also known as tillandsia, air plants are are everywhere you look. If you're like me and you're always on the hunt for an easy-to-care-for plant, chances are you owned at least one. Air plants are cool because they require no dirt, but what if I told you there was a plant that requires no watering because it lives in water?? Ladies and gentlemen, meet the coolest plants on the block: Marimo moss balls.
The internet is a beautiful thing. Anything and everything exists there, including online shops that will sell and ship houseplants to your home. It's basically an introverted millennial's dream (that's me, btw). I am fortunate enough to have a lot of nurseries and plant shops in my area, which is where most of my greens come from. I'd never considered that I could buy houseplants online, but after discovering how easy/cheap/non-confrontational it is, I have several green babies bookmarked on my computer. If you're looking for new places to find greenery, here are 10 great sources for you to buy houseplants online.
The bathroom may seem like a challenging place to grow houseplants, but it's actually one of the best spots in the house for certain types of plants. The key is identifying which will work best for the lighting in your particular bathroom. Click through to check out a variety of ideas for both low-light and sunny bathrooms.
For Low-Light Bathrooms
1. Bamboo - Bamboo is a low maintenance plant to begin with, and it needs very little light to survive. I keep mine in a vase of water and it has thrived for years. Check out more ways to display bamboo in your bathroom here.
2. Peace Lily - Peace lilies also grow best in moist, shady areas similar to their natural rainforest habitat. And their white blooms look pretty against their dark green leaves. Check out BobVila.com for more low-light plant ideas.
3. Cast Iron Plant - The cast iron plant is not finicky about water and moisture, making it a great low-light choice for the bathroom. Learn more about easy-to-maintain indoor plants at NewPro Containers.
4. Spider Plant - The spider plant is well-known for its low maintenance characteristics, and it is no exception in the bathroom. Hang it from the ceiling if you're short on space. For more ideas, be sure to check out this article from BobVila.com.
5. Snake Plant - The snake plant is sometimes referred to as Mother-In-Law's Tongue, and it is another plant which is difficult to kill. It doesn't need a ton of sunlight and prefers to be pot-bound. Check out lots more info at Homedit.
For Sunny Bathrooms
6. Jade - I've had a jade plant on my bathroom windowsill and it has grown and thrived for years. Here's the key: only water it when the leaves start to feel limp. Learn more over here.
7. Orchid - Orchids enjoy sunlight, but it should be indirect. And they only need about a quarter of a cup of water every week or so. Once the blooms wither, cut them off and continue watering as usual... it should bloom again next year (or sooner for certain varieties). For lots more ideas, check out Decoist.
8. Aloe Vera - Aloe is a wonderful plant for the bathroom thanks in part to its medicinal qualities. Cut off a small leaf and rub the gel on a sunburn for instant relief. And the plant itself will thrive in a sunny, moist area. For additional ideas, check out PopSugar.
9. Air Plants - Who knew? I certainly didn't. But it makes total sense, since they normally grow in the South American jungle. Read more at Better Homes and Gardens.
10. Heart Leaf Philodendron - The heart leaf philodendron is extremely easy to grow, and it has dramatic multicolored leaves that will add some color to your bathroom. Put it in a bright windowsill and water it lightly so that the soil stays moist. Find more ideas at Better Homes and Gardens.
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