So you have your own home and you want to personalize it. A great way to do so is by putting a few plants throughout your house, indoors and outdoors. The plant world, however, is a big one and if you are not familiar with specific plants, you may end up purchasing the wrong ones for your home. Or, even worse, you could buy a poisonous plant that could potentially harm one of your loved ones.
You can also grow plants in your own yard for consumption. Again, it’s important to know which plants can be consumed and which ones should not be consumed. You can learn more about growing, gardening and consuming plants through this course, which focuses on medicinal food.
If you want to liven up your house with some plants, there are plenty of indoor plants you can purchase that are gorgeous and easy to take care of. If you live in an area that is typically known for harsh, cold winters, bringing a plant into your house may change up the dark moods of winter and add a little burst of happiness to your home. There are many plants that you can keep indoors that will lighten your mood. A some of them include:
The cactus grows in warm climates and typically comes to mind when one thinks of the desert. Having one in your house will make you think of those warm temperatures and perhaps add a little desert flair to that particular room. Not only will this plant add a little warmth to your room, but it is unbelievably easy to take care of. It can remain in the container it came in for up to a month. Easy. When you do need to transplant your cactus to a different container, use gloves and choose a container that is slightly bigger than the one it came in. Mix potting soil with sand and after you do that, you will only need to water your cactus every four to five weeks. It’s the perfect plant for lazy people!
Aloe is the two-birds-one-stone plant. Its texture and shape looks like a cactus and it is easy to care for like a cactus as well, but its jelly can be useful to help heal cuts and burns. Treat it to indirect sunlight for best results. You will need to water it less in the winter because the lack of sun won’t cause it to dry up quickly. In the summer, you need to be more attentive to the plant and make sure it is properly watered.
This type of plant has a waxy texture with colorful green and red hues. It does well in moderate light and the soil should be kept moist. Most people love this plant because it brightens a room without taking up too much space.
- Chinese Evergreen
This type of plant has a radiant green hue and is full and lush. The leaves are tough and durable in case you are somewhat clumsy.
- Snake Plant
This plant can grow tall and thin or short and fat, it just depends on which version you prefer. It is easy to care for and does not need much maintenance to thrive. Like with all plants, be careful not to overwater it because the Snake Plant will rot.
- English Ivy
This plant can be used indoors and outdoors. It gives your house an elegant feel to it, with ivy that stretches out of the pot. You can put it on a shelf and have the ivy trail down, making its appearance even more dramatic. The leaves are deep green and small and you can easily start new plants from your existing one.
When decorating your house with indoor plants, you have to make sure you know which ones are poisonous and which ones are not. If you have pets and/or children, this is extremely important for you to know, as both pets and children will put things in their mouths. If you do not have pets or children and do not plan on having any, keep these plants in mind in case you have guests that bring their pets or children over to your house.
Some of the above plants are poisonous to pets and children including English Ivy, Snake Plant, Chinese Evergreen, and Peperomia, so stick to the non-poisonous plants on the list if you have little ones in the house who might chew on these plants. Other plants that are extremely poisonous include Daffodils, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Dieffenbachia, Philodendron, Iris, and Azalea to name a few.
There are many options for outdoor plants depending on what you want for your house. If you want colorful, you can go with flowers. If you want a lush look, you can go for more green and bushy items. Here are some plants that are great for outdoors:
This plant is both lush and colorful, with pretty peony flowers that bloom and rich green leaves at the base.
- Lilac Bush
You really can’t think of spring without thinking of the sweet smell of lilacs. These flowers are a pretty purple color and omit a strong-yet-sweet scent.
These flowers are bright, colorful and there are a lot of them that bloom at once. They are low maintenance and the only thing you need to look out for are deer: they love these plants.
Using Plants for Food
By planting a garden in your yard, you will not only get colorful foliage that is nice to look at, but you will also get fresh fruits and vegetables only steps away from your house. Impress your friends at dinner parties with meals made with items straight from your garden. Many people are even on raw food diets, which consist of foods you can get straight from the garden. Explore the raw food diet with this course, which will show you how to properly use raw food to cook with and how consuming raw food can benefit your health. Planting a garden is also a great way to go green, as mentioned in this blog.
If you are interested in starting your own garden and cooking with the items from your garden, here are some key fruit and vegetable plants you will need to get started:
These vegetables can be used in a variety of dishes. These are also vegetables that turn out more impressive in a garden than they do in a store. Not only that, but they are easy to grow and yield a decent crop so you can share with friends and family.
You can make an entire meal out of eggplant, you can use it as a side dish or add it to a recipe to jazz things up. It’s a versatile plant that not only makes great meals, but with its gorgeous purple color, makes a statement in your garden.
These plants literally spice up any dish. They yield a fairly large crop per plant and are easy to contain if you do not have much room in your garden for larger plants.
Tomatoes grow to be large and they grow quite a bit per tomato plant. Plus, there really isn’t anything better than a fresh, juicy tomato in the summer. Use them in salads or eat them whole with some salt and pepper.
If you have a little more room to work with in your garden, watermelon is a summer staple. Buying a melon at the grocery store can get expensive, so plant your own with a packet of watermelon seeds and start saving a little money and impressing your friends.
This type of plant is small, easy to maintain and helps pack a punch of flavors in your food. You can use the leaves for flavoring in guacamole, salsas, gazpacho and more.
Like cilantro, mint plants are relatively small, easy to maintain and gives your food and drinks a flavor smack. If you are a mojito fan, supply your own mint leaves for your refreshing drink.
If you have larger room in your yard, grow a blueberry bush. These fruits are well known for being full of antioxidants. They are also great alone, in a fruit salad, in baking or as toppings on cereal and yogurt.
If you are feeling ambitious, create your own salad using all the vegetables you grow in your garden. Of course, you will need lettuce, which you can easily plant in your garden.
Once you have the seeds you need to start your garden, you can start planting. If you are looking for more information on how to plant and maintain a food-fueled garden, we offer this course that will teach you how to grow a food forest for both city and suburb living. You can also learn how you can use the food from your garden to help heal and nourish your body with this course.