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  • Writer's pictureCourtney Shirkey

Growing Your Own Ingredients in a Home Garden

Taking the leap of using natural products can be a huge step for some people. Brand name products are easier to find in the stores and can be more convenient. However, switching to a natural one allows you to know exactly what is going in your environment. Whether you use it for cleaning around the house, crafting your own skincare, or creating homemade house essentials, the ingredients are eco-friendly. The next step for many people then becomes building your own garden. There are some ingredients that are easily grown within a home environment and will save you trouble when you go hunting for eco-friendly products.

Contain Your Plants

Most people think it's unhealthy to grow your plants in a container or pot. However, some plants thrive normally in these environments. Only larger plants that have long roots need a big area to grow freely. Most plants like aloe, sage, and other common ingredients grow just as easily in a pot. The one thing to remember is not to purchase a plant and keep it in the same pot it came in. Those are usually only meant to be temporary to hold the plants before they grow larger.

Picking Your Soil

It's important to pick a healthy soil for your plants to thrive in. There are three main types of soil: sand, silt, and clay. Sandy loam is recommended as the best base soil because it is a combination of all three types. Then, you must add a compost because it is full of nutrients for your growing herbs! This aids in the overall growth of your ingredients and helps them grow more naturally.

Proper Care

Every different herb, vegetable, and plant requires different amounts of sunlight, water, and care. Ensuring you research the ingredients you want to grow will help you manage the proper care for each of them. It's best to choose several that are taken care of similarly, that way you can buy a container to house each of them. This will save you room, and also make it easier for you to remember how to care for each plant.

A Few Don'ts

Don't overwater your plants. You can check on them by sticking your finger 1-2 inches deep into the soil to determine if they need water. If it's dry, water the plants. Too much water will kill your plants, but allowing them to dry out will have the same effect. This is one thing that takes practice and understanding exactly what works for your garden.

Give your plants room to breathe. Remember that they are going to grow and take up more space, so don't plant them too close together. However, you also want to prune them and trim off any dead leaves as well to keep them vibrant and healthy.

Building your own garden at home can be overwhelming, and some people don't want the trouble of managing plants as well. Instead, you can buy from natural companies that craft eco-friendly products without using harmful toxins and chemicals. Research local companies that use all-natural ingredients to save you the trouble.

Timshel Apothecary handcrafts small batches of simple, aromatherapeutic, and rejuvenating products to use in your home and on your body. Our products are guaranteed to protect you, your family, and your home from harmful toxins providing peace of mind through a holistic and natural alternative. Timshel Apothecary's top priority is the overall well-being of our customers and the environment. We aim to create a harmonious relationship between the two through education and sustainable practices.

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