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10 Ideas to Use When Creating the Perfect Indoor Garden

10 Ideas to Use When Creating the Perfect Indoor Garden

We all aren’t fortunate enough to have a home where we can have beautiful gardens like you see in the magazines. You know the ones where it’s almost like there is an outdoor oasis in the middle of nowhere. Since there are so many people who are lacking a beautiful oasis, more and more are turning to indoor gardens to bring some greenery inside.

As you read this article, we hope to provide you with some ideas on how to create the perfect indoor garden for your space, and also give you some tips on how to make your garden flourish. Let’s get started, shall we?

1. Concrete Wall Planters

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    You can find concrete wall planters at your local garden shop, or you can make your own. If you want to make your own planter, pour concrete into a molds (these molds can be made out of anything). Make sure there are holes or tabs in the mold so that the concrete planter will have enough drainage. When the concrete dries, paint it to match your color scheme.

    2. Rolling Cart Plant Holder

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      If you have a bar cart that you aren’t using anymore, you can re-purpose it into a rolling succulent rack. Add a little bit of mesh to drain excess water and then full the compartments with soil. Finally add moss to the surface and then plant as many succulents and flowers that you want.

      3. Mason Jar Plant Holder

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        Mason jars are great containers for growing fresh herbs. If you don’t have much space on the floor or the counter for pots, you can create a hanging wall planter like the one pictured fairly easily and inexpensively. Simply use a piece of wood (we like reclaimed wood that has loads of character), mason jars, some hooks, and chain. Of course, this is just one option. There are many unique variations on this idea on Pinterest.

        4. Gold Leaf Mason Jars

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          Here’s another idea for mason jars! If you want something a bit fancier, but still like the look of the mason jar, update it by using the special adhesive for gold leaf and paint it onto the outside of the jar where you want the gold. After you have the gold leaf where you want it, remove the backing paper and cover it with a thin coating of Mod Podge that will dry clear. Then once that is all finished, you can plant your herbs inside or use it as a shabby chic vase for the table.

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          5. Indoor Wooly Pocket

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            Who needs artwork when you can have a living and breathing (sort of) piece of art hanging on your wall? These wooly pockets are perfect for homes with kids and pets and lessen the chances of either knocking the plants over and making a huge mess. You can find these wooly pockets online and at stores all over the country. Then you can talk to your local nursery for plants that are easy to care for and have beautiful foliage.

            6. Leather Planters

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              Leather doesn’t have to be for clothing or furniture—it can be used to turn any regular pot into a hanging planter. Grab a scrap piece of leather and make some strategic cuts into it (this will be where the pot will sit). Use some rope to string it up and hang them in your window. These little pots are perfect for small varieties of plants and succulents.

              7. Pop Top Planters

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                If you just want something simple to start your little herb garden with, why not use last night’s vegetable can? All you have to do is use a can and can opener. Remove the label (or not, the choice is yours), and clean it. Add some soil and seeds, and then stick it in the sunlight. It’ll be a matter of time before your can is brimming with herbs.

                8. Tiered Plant Stand

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                  These little plant stands are great if you have potted flowers that need to come inside for the winter. You can find them in made out of wood, metal, or a combination of the two. The awesome thing about these stands is that you can move it around pretty easily and it doesn’t take up too much space. If you are handy and have a creative mind, you can make your plant stand.

                  9. Mini Clay Pot Magnets

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                    Every home looks better with a little bit of greenery. When you’re trying to brighten up your space, why not add some plant life to magnetic surfaces like refrigerators or doors? You can make these fun accessories by taking a tiny terra cotta pot and gluing a magnet to the back. Finish the pot by tucking a tiny succulent or even an air plant inside. It adds that perfect touch of whimsy, don’t you think?

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                    10. Faux Stone Planters

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                      Stone planters aren’t all that special when it comes to gardening, but these small planters can’t be passed up. All you will have to do is glue flat stones together in a bowl shape, fill it with moss and succulents and viola; you’ve got a unique planter for your shelf, desk, mantle, wherever!

                      Now that you have a few ideas of what you could do for your indoor garden, here’s a few things you need to remember when caring for your little plant babies.

                      • Make sure your plants are receiving just enough sunlight. Some plants require more light than others, so it’s a good idea to read up on how much light your plants need.
                      • Remember not to overwater your plants. Most plants are going to need to be in a pot with good drainage so that the excess water doesn’t rot the roots.
                      • Keep your plants clean. Oh yeah! You do have dust the leaves of your plants. Like anything else in your home, they’ll get dusty.
                      • Groom your plants to encourage growth. If there’re any leaves or flowers that are showing signs of dying, you should clip them so that new growth start,

                      Now, go forth and start that indoor garden that you’ve been dreaming about!

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                      Last Updated on March 30, 2020

                      How to Tap into Your Right Brain’s Potential

                      How to Tap into Your Right Brain’s Potential

                      You may have heard someone say they are “totally right brained” or that they’re “a left brained person.”

                      There is a pervasive myth that’s been making its rounds for over a century: people have two hemispheres of their brains, and if they have a dominant left brain, they’re more analytical; and if they have a dominant right brain, they are more creative.

                      Before we go debunking this theory and then giving some tips for how people can access their creative brain centers, let’s first take a look at where the left brain/right brain lateralization theory comes from.

                      The Left Brain/Right Brain Lateralization Theory

                      In the 1800s, scientists discovered that when patients injured one side of their brains, certain skills were lost.[1] Scientists linked those different skills to one side of the brain or the other. Thus began the left brain/right brain myth that continues to this day.

                      Then, in the 1960s and 70s, Roger W. Sperry led 16 operations that cut the corpus callosum (the largest region that connects both brain hemispheres together) in order to try to treat patients’ epilepsy. Sperry wrote about the differences in the two hemispheres as a result of those surgeries.[2]

                      Sperry’s work was popularized in 1973 with a New York Times article about his lateralization theory—that people were either right brained (read: logical) or left brained (read: creative). From here, Sperry won the Nobel Prize for his work and numerous other publications spread the right brain/left brain myth.

                      Debunking the Right Brain/Left Brain Myth

                      If anything, the lateralization theory of the brain is a gross exaggeration. It is true that people have two hemispheres of their brains. It is also true that there are differences in the composition of those two hemispheres.

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                      However, the hemispheres are actually much more interconnected than Sperry’s work initially made it seem.

                      In a 2013 study,[3] scientists scanned over 1000 people’s brains, checking for lateralization. They confirmed that certain brain functions occur predominately in one hemisphere or the other but that, in reality, the brain is actually much more interconnected and complex than the right brain/left brain lateralization theory makes it seem.[4][5]

                      A New Metaphor for Right Brain/Left Brain

                      How do we get past this right brain/left brain myth?

                      First, let’s look at what contemporary cognitive science says about brain regions, and creative and logical modes of thinking.

                      My background is as an improviser and improv researcher. I wrote Theatrical Improvisation, Consciousness, and Cognition and think looking at improvisation and the brain can shed light on a new model for talking about unlocking the brain’s creative potential.

                      Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans have shown that while trained improvisers improvise (musically on a keyboard, rapping, and comedic improvisation) an interesting shift happens in their brain activity. [6]

                      A region called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex decreases in activity and creative language centers such as the medial prefrontal cortex increase in activity. The dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is linked with conscious thoughts—that inner voice that tells you not to say something or criticizes you when you do.

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                      The medial prefrontal cortex is among the brain regions linked with creativity. So, instead of thinking about right brain and left brain, perhaps it’s more current and correct to think about more specific brain regions instead of hemispheres. Perhaps, it’s more useful to think about which activities and strategies will allow us to inhibit our dorsolateral prefrontal cortexes and allow our medial prefrontal cortexes to flourish.

                      How to Enhance Your “Right Brain” — Creativity

                      Whether we’re talking about right brain versus left brain, creative versus logical, or medial prefrontal cortex versus dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, we still know enough to talk about strategies to tap into your creative brain’s full potential.

                      So, now that we’ve dispelled the right brain/left brain myth and looked at a more contemporary, cognitive neuroscience theory of brain regions and creativity centers, let’s look at how to tap into the potential of your creative brain.

                      1. Performing Arts

                      One way to tap into your creative brain centers is to participate in the performing arts. Whether you improvise, act, or dance, the performing arts allow you an embodied experience that will help you snap out of your habitual, logical thoughts.

                      Another benefit of the performing arts is that it changes your attention. Attention and creativity are inextricably linked. When we improvise, act, or dance, we have to focus intently on our fellow performers. This means we are forced to focus less on our conscious, logical thoughts. This frees us up for more creative thinking and expression.[7]

                      One of the conclusions of my research on improvisation is that focusing intensely on fellow improvisers and the task at hand makes it more likely that we experience a flow state. Dr. Csikszentmihalyi,[8] a Professor of Psychology and Management defines flow as an optimal psychological state when our skills match the difficulty of the task at hand. Our perception of time is altered as we get into the zone and become more present and in the moment during our chosen activity.[9]

                      A flow state is a creative state. It’s the opposite of crunching numbers and forcing ourselves to work out a problem with the conscious regions of our brain. So, get up, improvise, act, or dance to access your creativity.

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                      2. Visual Art

                      Art teacher Betty Edwards[10] wrote a book called Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Here again, we see that a shift in our attention can lead us to an increase in our creative thinking.

                      Edwards’ book gives art students tricks to shift the way they see the world. For example, one exercise encourages students to literally flip whatever it is they’re drawing upside down before they draw it. This forces budding artists to literally see the object in a new way. This shift allows them to focus more on the individual components and patterns of the object, which allows them to draw it better.

                      Shifting how we see things is another way we can access our creative brain centers. Take an art class to shut off your conscious, critical thoughts and start seeing things from a new, more creative perspective.

                      3. Zone Out

                      If there’s one thing creativity doesn’t like, it’s being coerced.

                      I think we’ve all felt that awful feeling of trying to force ourselves to be creative. When we force it, we’re really trying to force our logical brain regions to be creative. It’s like asking your gardener to perform your appendix surgery. It’s just not what she does.

                      Instead, stop forcing it. Take a break. Take a long walk or a relaxing bath or shower. Let your mind wander.

                      Whatever you do, stop forcing it. This break lets your creative centers rise to the surface of your attention and get heard.

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                      4. Practice Mindfulness

                      The final trick to start accessing your so-called right brain is to practice mindfulness.

                      Now, there’s a lot of different ways to go about mindfulness. You can take a more physical approach with a yoga class. Or you can try meditating to become more aware and in tune with your thoughts and feelings: Meditation for Beginners: How to Meditate Deeply and Quickly

                      You could also try to incorporate fun mindfulness exercises[11] into your everyday routine like forcing yourself to go on detours or pretending you’re a detective who needs to examine people and places closely.

                      Any way you do it, mindfulness exercises and training can help you become better versed in how your brain works and what your normal thought process is like on a day-to-day basis. If we’re ever going to reach our optimal creativity, we have to become an expert in how our individual brain functions. Mindfulness is one way to become your very own brain expert.

                      Mindfulness also has added benefits like calming us, slowing our breathing, and helping us become more observant, which are also great ways to start tapping into our creative potential.

                      Final Thoughts

                      So, it may not be correct to say that our right brain is our creative brain, but it is still a valid pursuit to try to optimize our creative brain centers.

                      The key to do so is to relax, become observant, shift your perspective, move your body, try something new, and, whatever you do, don’t force it.

                      Creativity can feel slippery. It can abandon us when we need it most, but by slowing down and looking at things from a new perspective, we can give ourselves a better chance of tapping into our ultimate creativity, even if that doesn’t exactly mean our “right brain.”

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                      Featured photo credit: Kelly Sikkema via unsplash.com

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