All year you’ve been working your fingers down to the bone, and all the while Uncle Sam has been dipping into your paycheck (have we figured out who this FICA guy is yet?). Now we’ve finally reached the time of year when we get some of that money back, and let’s be honest, most of us have been spending the year figuring out what to best do with the money. Here are five great reasons to invest in an indoor garden.
1 – Barter with your friends
If you’ve been wanting to get into indoor gardening for a while, now is a fantastic time to do it. The Superstar LED 3.0 Grow Cabinet is pre-loaded with everything that you need to get up and running immediately. It comes with a premium 12 Bandwidth Full Spectrum 3 Watt Kind LED K3, T-5 supplemental side lighting, germination Kit, a trellis system and much more. Have you ever wanted to grow fresh strawberries in the middle of winter? Now you can!
Show your friends your monster strawberries and you might be able to trade your goods for fruits and vegetables that you don’t grow, or maybe even some farm fresh eggs.
SuperCloset systems are ideal for someone who wants to get up and running quickly and easily, without having to be an expert in hydroponics. Getting started can be overwhelming, and that’s why SuperCloset exists. All you need to do to be successful with a SuperCloset system is to make sure to refresh your reservoir every week or two, add some fantastic nutrients, adjust your pH, and sit back while your plants grow bigger and healthier than you ever thought possible! The SuperPonics system, which is included with the grow cabinet, helps your plants grow up to 5x faster and larger than traditional methods by combining all of the traditional forms of hydroponic gardening, including top feed, deep water culture, bubble, and aeroponics.
2 – An indoor garden saves money on groceries
If you invest in a Supercloset or even a grow tent you can grow just about anything indoors, all year round, saving money (and trips to the grocery store). Plus, food you grew yourself is most often much healthier than something you could buy at your local supermarket. Ask friends with gardens if they can give you plant clippings to start your own garden, herbs are especially good for this. Or better yet, since you have complete control over your indoor garden, grow something that normally wouldn’t grow outdoors in your local climate.
3 – Indoor gardening makes you healthier
Indoor plants are good for your health, both on a physical level and emotional level. From herb gardens to terrariums to water gardens and more, starting and watching the growth of an indoor garden is emotionally satisfying. From a physical standpoint, certain plants can help with indoor air quality. To improve the indoor air quality of your home, try planting Aloe Vera, Spider plants, Golden Pothos (Devil’s Ivy), Gerber daisies and snake plants. There is a long list of other plants that filter volatile organic carbons (VOCs), a simple online search will reveal dozens more.
4 – It’s just plain easy and they make you happy
Indoor gardening can be as easy as you want to make it. Like the Superstar mentioned in point 1, all that is really needed is a small investment and a few minutes of time a week and robust plans can be growing in a matter of weeks. There are also countless resources and communities online to help you with any questions or tips, so saying that indoor gardening is hard to start is not a valid excuse to not do it.
Studies have shown time and time again that gardening is hugely beneficial to mental health. Caring for plants helps gives us a sense of responsibility, and a sense of cultivating and nurturing a living thing. It helps us to recognize that we are not the center of the universe, and that the earth is crawling with living creatures, all of which serve a vital purpose in keeping the world in balance. Gardening also allows us to escape the sensory overload of our normal lives, to tune out for a while, step away from the countless devices vying for our attention at any given moment, and dig our fingers in the soil like we did when we were kids. And when our hard work pays off and it comes time to harvest, we feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment.
5 – Having indoor plants accelerate the healing process
Researchers at Kansas State University found that having plants, very much like an indoor garden, in hospital rooms can speed up recovery of surgical patients. In their study, patients who had plants in their rooms had lower blood pressure, asked for less medication, felt less anxious and were released sooner than those without any indoor plant exposure. No matter what your physical health status is, we can all benefit from lower blood pressure and a less anxious state of mind.
For this reason, many hospitals and treatment centers have started to create “healing gardens,” where patients can escape their rooms and retreat to a calming atmosphere amongst nature. Gardens are popping up in even more unconventional settings, from prisons, veterans’ retirement homes, and organizations for at-risk youth. It’s called horticultural therapy, and it’s being used as therapy for people with mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD; depression; and anxiety.
So, what’s next?
As we move further into a world where you can get everything delivered to your doorstep within days or even hours, we must not lose the skills that helped us get where we are today. Activities like gardening are more important now than ever, when we are under more stress and sensory overload than ever before. We all need to escape from the anxieties of everyday life, and gardening is proven to provide just that, and is hugely beneficial to our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Now that we’ve “planted the seed,” so to speak, we hope you consider starting an indoor garden of your own. We promise it will be “fruitful”.