It’s a new year which means new gardening trends to pounce on! Here are 5 that you can enjoy with the help of your Click and Grow Smart Garden:
1. Pollinator gardens
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A pollinator garden attracts bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, and other creatures that transfer pollen from flower to flower.
By growing a pollinator garden, you’re being kind to the planet. Pollinators are vital to our food system. In fact, the majority of the world's crops and wildflowers rely on pollinators for reproduction and survival. In the U.S. alone, more than 100 crop species depend on pollinators such as birds, honey bees, moths, butterflies and other insects.
The great news is you don’t need a large outdoor space to create a pollinator garden. It can also be a single pot on your window sill or balcony. Click and Grow also offers several perennials that you can grow in your indoor smart garden and later replant in a garden pot outdoors. For more inspiration, check out our blog post on the 10 best plants for attracting wildlife to your outdoor garden.
2. Mental health and gardening
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It looks like the popularity of mindfulness and well-being will continue to grow. Particularly since the pandemic, many people have recognised the importance of interacting with nature to improve mental health.
Interestingly, plants are known for their ability to lift your mood. Also, did you know that simply looking at greenery can increase your creativity? By growing plants in your home, you’re already taking a positive step towards better mental health.
You can use your Click and Grow smart garden to cultivate a new gardening hobby, grow herbs for aromatherapy, or grow fresh greens to give you a mental pick-me-up.
3. Greens for your pets
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If you’re a pet owner, there’s no doubt you want the very best for them. That means providing an environment that makes them happy and greens to keep them healthy. An indoor smart garden helps you achieve both.
Smart gardens bring nature indoors, so even when the weather’s unsuitable for going out, your pets can still enjoy the sight of greenery.
In addition to their regular food, you can grow nutritious, additive-free treats for your pets. Peas and kale are two kinds of greens that dogs can eat in moderation. Cats enjoy catnip as well as lettuce. Romaine lettuce, and pak choi are tasty choices for a rabbit's diet.
Every pet is unique and may have different dietary needs. If you’re unsure whether your pet can eat a certain green, always check with a qualified veterinarian.
4. Gardening apps to learn about plants
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Gardening apps have been around for years and have grown in popularity over time. They help both beginners and experienced gardeners manage their gardens more efficiently and effectively. These apps can be used on any device — smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktop computers — so they're always accessible when you need them.
Did you know Click and Grow also has an app to help you grow plants in your smart garden? It sends you helpful tips at each stage of your plant’s life cycle, reminding you when it’s time to prune and harvest, for instance. It also includes video tutorials and helps to make gardening more engaging for kids too.
5. Rare houseplant varieties
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For a gardening enthusiast, owning a rare houseplant feels like owning a treasure. A rare houseplant is one that’s difficult to find in your local garden store or one that’s in high demand. Being able to grow one brings a great sense of pride and accomplishment.
With your Click and Grow smart garden, it’s easy to grow many unique varieties of plants such as lovage, blue petunia, mountain savory and many more. Many Click and Growers have found joy growing rare plants and sharing their progress in our Facebook community. For more inspiration, check out our blog post on 5 Unique Indoor Plants Only Click and Grow Will Sell You.
What gardening trends are you going to try this year? Whatever inspires you, here’s to another year of fun and experimentation with plants!