If you're one who enjoys spending time out in the garden, you may be lamenting the end of the warm spring and summer months. The foreseeable future is filled with unaccommodating weather and frozen soil - definitely not ideal conditions for cultivating plant life. However, just because you can't get outside doesn't mean you have to let your hobby fall by the wayside until next spring.
Though the experience may not fully replicate maintaining a garden outside, potted plants can still be a great way to keep your green thumb from falling dormant while winter rages outdoors. In fact, maintaining an indoor garden can be just as rewarding, in its own unique way. Here are a few options you have that will help keep your mind off of the cold weather.
1. Potted flowers. Though many bouquets are ordered knowing full well that they will only last a week or two, an assortment of potted plants can help ensure that your home enjoys a rich burst of color for a long time. Calla lilies are a great example - they're unique and elegant in their simplicity. With proper care, they'll continue to bloom throughout the winter season, giving your house a wonderful visual flair.
You can even maintain a small collection of roses. Although they're somewhat smaller than what you would find in a full outdoor garden, the colors emanate just as brightly and will keep your home cheerful even when it's damp and grey outside.
2. Bonsai trees. If you're looking for something that can keep you engaged for years to come, consider starting to work with bonsai trees. It's going to take a bit of practice and patience on your part, but you'll be rewarded for your efforts. While caring for a bonsai tree, you can enter a meditative state. They provide a unique way of escaping the humdrum of everyday life, and you'll be partaking in a centuries-old tradition. You'll soon have the steady hand to delicately preen these trees without much issue at all.
3. Herb garden. This is a great opportunity to start growing your own herbs. Your food is going to taste that much better when you use ingredients that you cultivated yourself, and the plants are quite easy to maintain. Stick with the basics to start - basil, oregano, thyme and rosemary are good options.