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Indoor water gardening made simple


Have you always wanted to take the outdoors inside? Well now you can with indoor water gardening. Not only does water add beauty to a home, it also helps to create a calming environment. The sound of running water has long been considered a source of relaxation. Setting up an indoor water gardening environment inside your home can be cheap and simple with minimal time investment.

To begin designing and setting up your indoor water gardening element inside your home you will need the following:

• The container to build the garden in
Here you are limited only by your imagination. Just about any container that is non-porous can be used. Some suggestions are: fish tank, plastic buckets, wooden cask, ceramic bowls, glass baking tins.
• Plants to grow
The choice of aquatic plants suitable for indoor water gardening is varied. Some good choices especially for the beginner include water lettuce, water chestnuts, eelgrass, water ferns and water clover. A mix of floating and rooted aquatic plants can add contrast and style to your water garden.
• Growing medium
This also varies and is partially dependent on what types of plants you plan on putting into your water garden.

How to care for your indoor water garden

Caring for your indoor water gardening creation is simple and best of all, not time-consuming. Maintaining an indoor water garden is similar to caring for an outdoor one. Dead plants and fish waste (if you decide to go all out and add fish to your creation) must be cleaned out regularly to keep the ‘pond’ looking good.

You will also need to add water occasionally to replace what is lost due to evaporation. It is important to not just pour water into the container as doing so will do more harm that good. The proper technique for adding water is to pour it slowly, using your hand or the side of the container to break the flow. Also, leave the water standing around for an hour or so to allow it to reach room temperature as cold water can shock the plants in the container.

Using a nutrient degrader will help minimize the build up in your indoor water gardening environment. Controlling algae buildup is necessary for maintaining the health of the plants in the container as well as ensuring that the entire creation looks attractive.

Finally you need to decide on how best to show off your creation. One way is to introduce artificial lighting into the indoor water gardening setting. Alternatively, the container can be placed where adequate, but indirect sunlight can do the trick of highlighting the beauty of the garden.