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A how-to guide for beginners on gardening

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Patrick Rangel, Staff Writer

By Robert Rangel

Plants are one of the many wonders of the world, mostly known for their uniqueness and wide range of species. They are truly a sight for sore eyes. However many people in the world do not think twice about taking care of their plants. 

This is an article for those who have wanted to learn more about indoor gardening especially during quarantine.

Indoor plants have grown widely popular ever since the pandemic as a new hobby for many people. Especially for beginners to indoor plants. For indoor planting, it is important to know what plants need, for instance the right amount of water, sunlight, and fertilizer. 

“I LOVE MY HOUSE PLANTS!” senior Sara Beth Beasley said.

Soil

The soil used for your houseplant is very important because it affects the growth of the plant. Depending on the plant species, it would require different types of soil; this includes sand soil, clay soil, and many others. So it is important to do research for your new plant and find your plant’s nutritional needs. 

Another thing to consider is the size of the pot the plant is growing in. Because, if the plant is placed in a small pot, there might not be enough room for the roots to grow, depending on the plant’s expected size.

Fertilizer

Fertilizer is not necessary for plant growth, but is widely recommended for fruit and vegetable gardening especially. Indoor plant fertilizers contain nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus; these elements encourage plant growth. However, if you choose to go with a more organic routine, there are organic fertilizers that contain moss, manure, and compost. Long-term wise, the organic fertilizer is safer because it does not harm the plants during growth and lasts the longest opposed to inorganic fertilizers.

Water and Sunlight

Water and sunlight are the most important things to think about while taking care of indoor plants. The common mistake is overwatering. Plants that need more water will usually look droopy and dry. 

Another thing to look for in a plant is its soil. If the soil is dry, it needs to be watered and it should always be moist. 

Sunlight is key to plants growth because it provides the sunshine vitamin  

(vitamin D). It is important that indoor plants be placed near sunlight, or best on a windowsill.

Health Benefits 

“I love my plants and I take care of all of them,” junior Naomi Minnick said. “I like to watch them grow and I raise them as my children.” 

Plants provide many health benefits, especially indoor plants. It is important to understand how they benefit people. Research shows that people who live with plants in their home are happier opposed to people who do not. How? Air cleansing. 

Plants produce oxygen as they consume carbon dioxide which helps our breathing and ultimately cleanse the air, as if it were an open window. This, as a result, improves the energy of the person via their brain. Another great benefit of plants are scented ones which trigger hormones that make you feel calmer.

Climate Change

Climate change is real and the world is being affected dramatically and our plants are necessary in our world. It is important to take action and help in any way to be more courteous to mother nature. 

“I think climate change is scary and it should be;  we should definitely be trying to make a change,” junior Ameenah Wilson said.

 

Plants are one of the most beautiful things on earth and we should do everything in our power to take care of them as if they were our kids. They provide us with many health benefits that aid us mentally and physically.