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3 Indoor Gardening Projects to Keep You Busy This Winter

Looking for something to keep you occupied while staying home this winter? We've got you covered.

Plants growing on an apartment windowsill

Published on January 13, 2022

Looking for something to keep you occupied while staying home this winter? It might seem like the wrong time of year to work on your green thumb, but a surprising number of gardening projects can be started indoors, regardless of the season. 

We've put together some suggestions for getting your hands dirty this season. Take a closer look. 

Get Started on that Container Garden 

Container gardens are a great choice for gardeners without a backyard, and they can be started indoors. 

First, consider the area in your home you’re going to devote to the project, whether it’s a shelf or the corner of a room. Think about which plants you might like to grow and why – maybe you’re hoping to add some fresh herbs to your home cooking, or you’ve always wanted to grow your own tomato plant. 

You’ll need some pots, soil, fertilizer, and either seeds or seedlings. Check out our video to get started. 

Put Those Leftovers to Use 

Looking to cut down on food waste? Why not start a gardening project at the same time? 

There are many ways you can put what doesn’t end up on the dinner table to good use. Food scraps from several vegetables can be regrown — from the ever-popular avocado pit, to regrowing your scallions. The butt of organic romaine lettuce can be placed in water to regrow leaves, and the same trick will work with bok choy and celery. 

Saving seeds from your food can also be a great way to start a gardening project. Next time you chop up a tomato, save and dry the seeds. They can be planted to create your very own seedling. 

It’s Time to Propagate 

Maybe you’re not looking to grow your own groceries this winter. But it could be a good time to take a look at your existing houseplants. 

Houseplant's health can benefit from regular trimming. And those trimmings don’t have to head to the compost. Many plants can be propagated by taking clippings and either immediately repotting them in a soiled pot, or placing them in a glass of water for a few weeks to grow roots that can then be potted. Pothos is a great option if you’re looking for a place to get started. 

Looking for More Ideas? 

Our Lead Hand, Urban Agriculture Isaac Crosby has all the gardening tips you need — watch our Gardening with Brother Nature Series today, or explore our Urban Agriculture project page