Your home is your very own personal sanctuary. And now you can add a bit of greenery with some edible mini-plants…
Up until recently, the home and garden were seen as two separate spaces: One was for living, and the other served as a green kingdom for plant life. More recently, however, the boundaries between these two spaces have become somewhat blurred. The addition of outdoor rugs, lavish lamps and smart textiles means terraces and balconies have become outdoor living rooms, with charming views onto the world at large. Meanwhile indoors, kitchens and living rooms have begun to include an increasing amount of mini-raised planting beds or little greenhouses where nature’s rich bounty can mature and grow. In short, indoor gardening is a hot trend! And homes all over are embracing this new craze with great enthusiasm.
Whilst veteran gardeners have long preferred vegetables, this new trend has put an emphasis on other plant species. However, there’s one little difference: The plants are kept indoors until they are harvested and eaten. There’s no need to re-pot plants and place them out in the garden. And if you grow your herbs and other edible plants in the kitchen, then it’s far more likely that they will be eaten… For some though, it’s more about growing, nursing and harvesting their own green produce. Gardening is a (proven) step towards happiness, and it’s also an ideal escape from the stresses of everyday life. People who sit in front of a computer screen all day long, wandering through digital landscapes, are always looking for a chance to interact with the real world and living things. A little something that needs light, air, and some fresh water in the morning.
Inquiring minds meet intrepid taste buds
Involving children in the care and growing of plants is another area of interest: It teaches them all about the basic biological processes of life, while gaining a sense of responsibility as well. They can get involved in growing salads and other produce by watering the plants… In times of perfectly shaped veggies straight from the supermarket, children can see with their own eyes how plants grow and mature, and delight in seeing tomatoes turn red or watching a cucumber take shape. And they can also explore on a daily basis with their taste buds: What do radish leaves actually taste like?
Chefs, food bloggers and nutritionists have also embarked on all kinds of culinary adventures thanks to their so-called “micro-leaves”: Super plants, sprouts and seedlings, such as mustard wasabi or green mizuna. Everyone’s able to enjoy this rich bounty: Intriguing taste, excellent nutritional values and the experience of bringing something to life. And sometimes, you don’t even have to blessed with a green thumb to grow excellent produce!
Fresh greenery adds a touch of cosiness
The new-found kitchen garden craze is also due to a change in the living environment, which now celebrates the small, the decorative, and the living. After the wave of Scandinavian sobriety subsided and decorative trinkets such as wooden animals were once again allowed back into the home, more and more flowers and plants have taken over our living spaces. And now edible green stuffs are also in vogue. The nice thing about this is that, even in a small inner-city flat, you can create the impression that endless, lush meadows, or an idyllic cottage garden straight out of an Jane Austen novel, lies just beyond the windowsill.
Even die-hard aesthetes are warming up to this new lifestyle trend: There were rarely so many opportunities to lavish rooms with pretty crates, boxes and seedling towers, or even to add unusual accents such as watering cans, shovels and shears. Thanks to hydroponics, indoor gardening is no longer associated with dirt and mud. A lick of fresh paint (powdery red wine colours or North Sea blue) also works well on trendy walls, if there’s plenty of greenery in the room. To get started, you could try adding a mini planting bed to your kitchen window sill. Whether you create a small indoor oasis or turn your home into a lush rainforest, as the old Chinese proverb goes, “If you want to be happy, plant a garden.”
An article by Janina Temmen