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  • Writer's pictureGabriela Gottberg

A Holistic Approach to Harmonize Home and Nature

Updated: Oct 6, 2023

Planting Seeds of Change: Our Journey Towards Sustainability

Indoor gardening is more than just decorating spaces with vibrant foliage—it's an effort to align our homes with nature's intrinsic balance. Indoor plants improved air quality, boosted well-being, and offer a connection to nature.

Our journey has been kindled by permaculture, a philosophy that has sculpted our sustainable lifestyle and sparked our dive into the recycling plastic revolution, which birthed our unique plant hangers. Now lets apply this philosophy to our indoor gardens!

Collage featuring a lush permaculture backyard garden and intricately crafted plant hangers made from recycled plastic
From our thriving backyard permaculture garden to our sustainable plant hangers, every step echoes our commitment to the Earth. 🌱✨

As we weave these principles into our lives, a new chapter unfolds: infusing a holistic approach to indoor gardening. This post unfolds as a journey into understanding and implementing a more integrated approach to indoor greenery.

Exploring Holistic Indoor Gardening

Holistic indoor gardening, with its underpinnings in permaculture, champions the creation of systems that mirror nature's symbiotic relationships and efficiencies. It's about looking at our indoor spaces not just as rooms or areas to decorate, but as ecosystems. Within these ecosystems, everything is interconnected—from the plants we choose, to the specific location they are placed, to the pots they're in, to the water they drink and the light they receive.

The holistic approach is rooted in three core principles, like those found in permaculture:

Graphic illustrating the three core ethics of permaculture: Care for the Earth, Care for the People, and Fair Share/Sustainable Use of Resources
Grounded in ethics: The three pillars that drive permaculture and our commitment to harmonious living. 🌍❤️🔄
  • Care for the Space (akin to Earth): Our indoor gardens should be sanctuaries for both plants and humans. The right plant in the right place promotes growth, health, and aesthetic harmony.

  • Care for the People: Whether it's ensuring the plants receive the care they need or ensuring the space remains a peaceful haven for people, every decision made should enhance well-being.

  • Sustainable Use of Resources: Be it water, soil, or light, a holistic approach values and optimizes every resource. For instance, our venture into recycling plastic to craft plant hangers embodies this principle of resourcefulness and sustainability.

Why is a Holistic Approach Essential for Modern Indoor Gardens?

Urban environments often pose space constraints, making indoor gardens a valuable sanctuary of greenery where the idea mini-ecosystems becomes even more essential.

AI-generated image of a living room abundant with lush plants, a cozy reading area, and garden care tools, exemplifying the harmony between nature's purpose and urban demands
Blending Aesthetics and Functionality: An indoor oasis where nature's wisdom meets urban living.- AI generated

These spaces serve a dual purpose—providing an aesthetic touch while acting as functional systems that merge the wisdom of nature with urban demands.

In nature, every element has a purpose, and each supports the other. Similarly, an holistically designed indoor garden ensures every plant, placement, and light source serves the greater system. This means less fuss and more balance.

By focusing on these interconnections, we create a thriving ecosystem while simplifying its maintenance. Plants are strategically placed to support one another—certain plants might provide shade for others that are sensitive to light, or some might act as natural pest repellents for their neighbours. This thoughtful design reduces the need for excessive intervention, making care routines more intuitive and less time-consuming.

Beyond just the interplay of plants, a Holistic approach celebrates human-centered design. It acknowledges that for a system to be truly sustainable, it must be practical and accessible for its caretakers. A holistic indoor garden caters to this by ensuring ease of access for watering, efficient systems for soil health, and logical plant placements that simplify daily or weekly maintenance. After all, when a task becomes easier and more intuitive, it's pursued with greater passion and consistency.

From Soil to Ceiling: Key Principles of Holistic Indoor Gardening

  • Observation and Interaction:

Before diving into plant care, understand the intricacies of your indoor environment. Identify light zones, understand humidity patterns, and note temperature variations.

Diagram illustrating the various light zones in an indoor setting, highlighting areas of direct sunlight, indirect light, and shaded regions
Mapping the Glow: Understanding Light Zones in Indoor Spaces

  • Efficient Space Design:

  1. Strategic Placement: Group plants with similar light and water requirements. This not only ensures uniform care but also makes maintenance routines efficient. For example spider plant and Ivies: they both prefer indirect light and have similar watering needs, making them easy to care for together. Also, some plants (like a fiddle leaf fig) might provide shade for others that are sensitive to light such as Maidenhair Fern.

  2. Elevated Platforms: Multi-tiered stands or shelves maximize vertical space and ensure that every plant enjoys its fair share of sunlight.

  3. Centralized Watering and Fertilization Stations: Having dedicated areas for tools and organic fertilizers optimizes care routines.

  4. Mobile Plant Bases: Wheeling stands allow easy movement of larger plants, especially when you need to alter their light exposure or care for them.

Image of a well-lit wall adorned with strategically placed plants, with sunlight streaming in on one side and a cozy reading nook nestled amongst the greenery.
Nature Meets Nook: Strategically Placed Indoor Plants Enhancing a Sunlit Reading Space
  • Catch and Store Energy: Maximize the use of natural sunlight by placing plants near windows. For areas with low light, consider low-light indoor plants such as snake plant (loves sun but tolerate low light very well).

Hand holding a wriggly worm with a background of rich vermicompost, exemplifying the sustainable reuse of organic waste,
Turning Waste into Wealth: The Magic of Vermicomposting

  • Produce No Waste:

Compost dead leaves and plant matter. Collect and use rain water or water from the kitchen, dehumidifiers or AC units to hydrate your plants.

  • Design from Patterns to Details: Observe your plants. If a particular species thrives in one spot, consider its needs and replicate those conditions for similar plants. Recognizing and leveraging these patterns can lead to a more harmonious indoor garden.

  • Integrate Rather Than Segregate: Consider companion planting even in your indoor setup. Some plants, when grown together, can enhance each other's growth, deter pests, and create a symbiotic environment. Mint, Marigold or lavenders are a great option to deter pest from any other plant.

  • Embracing Edible Elements: Introducing edible plants elevates the holistic indoor garden from merely ornamental to productively delightful. Whether it's a windowsill adorned with fragrant herbs like basil and rosemary, compact containers bearing cherry tomatoes, or trays lush with nutrient-rich microgreens, these additions serve dual purposes. They beautify spaces while offering fresh, homegrown flavors, seamlessly merging aesthetics with sustenance in the heart of your home.

By intertwining a holistic approach with our indoor gardening practices, we're not just beautifying our spaces. We are crafting living sanctuaries that stand as testaments to our commitment to the planet, to sustainability, and to a future where man and nature coexist in perfect harmony. Our indoor gardens become microcosms of the world we wish to see – one where every resource is valued, every life form respected, and every action is taken with a thought for tomorrow. How have you integrated sustainable practices in your indoor garden? Share your experiences and tips with our community in the comments!

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