Indoor garden projects are a way to use a love of gardening when you don't have any outside space. However, it's much more than that. It is also a winter activity that you can share with your family. Work with children to create a learning and bonding experience. Small gardening projects also make excellent office, hospital or celebratory gifts.
Create a window garden with two thin drawer organizers and small cactus plants from a nursery or garden center. Make sure to drill holes in the first organizer so it will drain out excess water and use a specialty cactus soil. Stack it inside another organizer to catch the water. Make it a family project to pick out cactus plants for the window garden. Everyone involved with planting the cactus should wear garden gloves to protect them from the spines on the plants. In addition, purchase a book on cactus care or make a trip to the library. Place the finished garden in a sunny window.
Starting seeds indoors is especially helpful if you live in a cooler climate. All you need is small used food containers, potting soil and flower or vegetable seeds. Mark each container with its contents so you won't forget what you've planted. Seedlings can be difficult to identify. A tip for helping your seeds germinate faster is to place a piece of your kitchen plastic wrap over the top of the seeded containers. This keeps the moisture and heat in the soil, both along with a warm room and sunshine, are required for germination. After the weather warms up in spring, you will have seedlings to plant in your vegetable or flower garden.
Herb gardens are planted both outdoors and indoors. A small herb garden, sitting in a sunny window, is handy when fresh herbs are required for a recipe. Choose herb plants that you use already in the form of dried herbs. Most cooks agree that fresh herbs are more flavorful than dried in culinary dishes. Plant the herbs in small individual pots or in one large planter. Some common herbs that do well in indoor gardens are chives, basil, rosemary, parsley, thyme, oregano and mint. This is a perfect gift for someone who loves to cook.