Things have never been like this before. I did a lot of online shopping while I was at home. I also bought tools and seeds to start my indoor garden. Before this happened, I was OK getting my basil and salad at the grocery store.
But when things are bad, you have to do crazy things. I’ve been a proud beginner gardener, standing and staring at my herbs many times a day for almost two months now. Having spent so much time with my plants, I had to learn a few things.
Windowsill Garden Lessons
Here are five things I’ve learned from keeping windowsill garden plants:
1. Knowledge Is a Strength
You can go with the flow, but your herbs and vegetables won’t thank you if you don’t water them enough or put them in the wrong place. As a person who loves to learn, I had to learn a lot about what to do and what not to do when indoor gardening. You won’t get very far if you don’t know the basics.
As in other fields, the best creative and experimental projects come from a deep understanding of existing patterns. So, before you start a new project, I suggest getting familiar with basic ideas and best practices. Then, go for results!
2. Emotional Growth
It was just starting to grow, so I was unfortunate. I have to say that I yelled and cried a few times. Not the best thing to do. But I learned that my first instinct after that was to try to save what sprouts were left, and now they are growing like crazy!
Also, even if you know everything you should do, you might still be surprised. Like in real life, these situations teach you to adapt or even let go a little if that’s the best thing to do.
3. Patience Fertilizes
I like to go over to my windowsill and look at my little plants, as I said before. But I learned that staring at them doesn’t make them grow faster. The funny thing is that you will see a lot more improvement if you don’t visit them every day.
When working on long-term projects with multiple partners, it’s good to have high expectations, but patience is even better.
4. Inspiring Greenery
I bought some new house plants to go with my windowsill garden. What can I say? I got really into it. Having different kinds of life around your home makes you happier, gives you more oxygen, and gives you a better view from your home office, aka the sofa.
Also, it gives you a reason to move around to water your plants and look at them. Having this (or any other) new hobby showed once again that doing different things opens up more ways to be creative.
5. Built-up Self-esteem
Most of us know about the IKEA effect, which says that things you build yourself are more important to you. Plants are the same. I’m sure my oregano and spinach will taste much better than what you can buy at the store.
If they had to be priced, they would be so expensive that no one would buy them. And that would make me happy. Because I made them and they are beautiful. I grew them myself (with the help of water and the sun, but that doesn’t need to be said)!