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7 Creative DIY Indoor Gardens

Here at Droponic we are all about indoor gardens. We love that plants have the power to liven up a room and instantly boost your mood. These indoor gardens can be decorative, functional, or, better yet, both and fit snugly anywhere inside the home from the kitchen to the bedroom. Some plants, like basil, can even emit sweet fragrances that will transport you to a whole new world. So today we’re taking a look at 7 creative DIY indoor gardens that you can make at home.

1. This herbalicious indoor garden makes cooking a fun thyme (see what I did there?). Plant your most frequently used herbs in small mason jars in the kitchen and label them for future use. Simply grab some oregano or bay leaf as you embark on your next culinary adventure! (Source)

Herb wall

2. Have a lot of plastic soda bottles at home? What better way to upcycle them than to create your own hydroponic indoor garden with plastic bottles! A beautiful setup and a great way to reuse those plastic bottles. (Source)

Recycle bottles

3. For a more rustic look inside the home, try out this DIY vertical planter made from a recycle shipping pallet. Click here to find the tools, elements, and useful tutorial needed to recreate this beautiful planter in your own home. (Source)

Pallet planter

4. Did you inherit a lot of gorgeous teacups from a grandparent? Found many beautiful vintage teacups on your last stroll through a yard sale? Bring them to life by using them in your next DIY indoor gardening project to grow delicious microgreens, herbs, or vegetables. (Source)

Teacup

5. One of the simplest ways to start your own indoor garden is with these cute little eggshell planters. The materials are extremely easy to get a hold of and you can quickly do this in a few hours over the weekend to get ready for some beautiful greens to sprout from your eggshells! (Source)

Eggs

6. For a vintage indoor garden look, try making this mini herb dresser with a recycled library card holder. Herbs can be popping out from different compartments to create a fun and whimsical look for your indoor garden. (Source)

Library card

7. Grow an eclectic mix of plants inside light bulbs for another cool indoor garden to brighten up your living space. You can even hang up these bulbs on different levels to create a beautiful jungle look next to your window. (Source)

Lightbulb plant

So there it is, 7 creative DIY indoor garden ideas we’ve sourced from around the web. We’d love to see what other indoor gardens are out there so let us know what your indoor garden looks like by posting a picture in the comments below!

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What is a healthy meal?

In 2011 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated the food pyramid and introduced what is dubbed MyPlate. MyPlate is a plate-like food circle that divides the different food groups by the amount of each that is recommended to be on your plate for each meal. This is an intuitive stepping stone from the food pyramid diagram introduced in 1992 since it visually illustrates the amount of each food that should occupy a plate during each meal.

choosemyplate

MyPlate is the most current nutrition guide from the USDA and divides the plate into four sections of approximately 30% grains, 40% vegetables, 10% fruits, and 20% protein. These approximations are accompanied by additional recommendations when thinking about holistic, well-crafted, and healthy meals. These recommendations aim to provide a broader understanding of health and nutrition and include statements such as “switch to 1% or skim milk” and “vary your protein food choices”. When MyPlate was unveiled in 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama remarked:

“Parents don’t have the time to measure out exactly three ounces of chicken or to look up how much rice or broccoli is in a serving. … But we do have time to take a look at our kids’ plates. … And as long as they’re eating proper portions, as long as half of their meal is fruits and vegetables alongside their lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy, then we’re good. It’s as simple as that.”

Be sure to consult MyPlate to eat healthy meals today and everyday! Everyone can find more information about MyPlate on the USDA website

Learn how to fill your plate with greens grown from Droponic today.

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