Growing Green: Trading outdoor gardening for an indoor alternative

Opinion Sep 15, 2020 by Nancy Haigh Gordon Hamilton Mountain News

Circumstances recently necessitated the sale of my long-time family home; and, while I do not miss the house itself, I do mourn the loss of my pollinator potager (kitchen) garden and, of course, my dear husband who helped me make it such a success.

I was lucky to land in a pleasant new living environment, but without a personal outdoor space for gardening. The large windows in my new apartment, though north-facing, provide a generous amount of bright defused light; so, I am in the process of trading outdoor gardening for an indoor alternative.

I brought with me some mostly beginner indoor-friendly bonsai that I have been learning about through reading, advice from other bonsai enthusiasts and regular practice. Bonsai require daily care, so they keep me engaged, as my outdoor garden once did. In addition, I have supplemented the bonsai with tropical houseplants, such as a Snake plant, Philodendron, two colours of Wandering tradescantia zebrina, Kalanchoe, Boston fern, Asparagus fern, etc.

I am also planning to trade or reinvent my outdoor gardening blog for an indoor gardening blog alternative, although I am still working on the right name/slant for it. As before, I believe that blogging will provide a way to connect my enthusiasm for my green environment with my passion for writing.

I am encouraged, so far, that my planned indoor alternatives will help fill the unexpected voids in my life, but only time will tell.

— Growing Green is a regular feature prepared by the Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society. The author of this article, Nancy Haigh Gordon, is the MHHS Growing Green coordinator and a Flower Committee member.


Growing Green: Trading outdoor gardening for an indoor alternative

Nancy Haigh Gordon looks to discover the joys of apartment gardening

Opinion Sep 15, 2020 by Nancy Haigh Gordon Hamilton Mountain News

Circumstances recently necessitated the sale of my long-time family home; and, while I do not miss the house itself, I do mourn the loss of my pollinator potager (kitchen) garden and, of course, my dear husband who helped me make it such a success.

I was lucky to land in a pleasant new living environment, but without a personal outdoor space for gardening. The large windows in my new apartment, though north-facing, provide a generous amount of bright defused light; so, I am in the process of trading outdoor gardening for an indoor alternative.

I brought with me some mostly beginner indoor-friendly bonsai that I have been learning about through reading, advice from other bonsai enthusiasts and regular practice. Bonsai require daily care, so they keep me engaged, as my outdoor garden once did. In addition, I have supplemented the bonsai with tropical houseplants, such as a Snake plant, Philodendron, two colours of Wandering tradescantia zebrina, Kalanchoe, Boston fern, Asparagus fern, etc.

I am also planning to trade or reinvent my outdoor gardening blog for an indoor gardening blog alternative, although I am still working on the right name/slant for it. As before, I believe that blogging will provide a way to connect my enthusiasm for my green environment with my passion for writing.

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I am encouraged, so far, that my planned indoor alternatives will help fill the unexpected voids in my life, but only time will tell.

— Growing Green is a regular feature prepared by the Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society. The author of this article, Nancy Haigh Gordon, is the MHHS Growing Green coordinator and a Flower Committee member.


Growing Green: Trading outdoor gardening for an indoor alternative

Nancy Haigh Gordon looks to discover the joys of apartment gardening

Opinion Sep 15, 2020 by Nancy Haigh Gordon Hamilton Mountain News

Circumstances recently necessitated the sale of my long-time family home; and, while I do not miss the house itself, I do mourn the loss of my pollinator potager (kitchen) garden and, of course, my dear husband who helped me make it such a success.

I was lucky to land in a pleasant new living environment, but without a personal outdoor space for gardening. The large windows in my new apartment, though north-facing, provide a generous amount of bright defused light; so, I am in the process of trading outdoor gardening for an indoor alternative.

I brought with me some mostly beginner indoor-friendly bonsai that I have been learning about through reading, advice from other bonsai enthusiasts and regular practice. Bonsai require daily care, so they keep me engaged, as my outdoor garden once did. In addition, I have supplemented the bonsai with tropical houseplants, such as a Snake plant, Philodendron, two colours of Wandering tradescantia zebrina, Kalanchoe, Boston fern, Asparagus fern, etc.

I am also planning to trade or reinvent my outdoor gardening blog for an indoor gardening blog alternative, although I am still working on the right name/slant for it. As before, I believe that blogging will provide a way to connect my enthusiasm for my green environment with my passion for writing.

Related Content

I am encouraged, so far, that my planned indoor alternatives will help fill the unexpected voids in my life, but only time will tell.

— Growing Green is a regular feature prepared by the Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society. The author of this article, Nancy Haigh Gordon, is the MHHS Growing Green coordinator and a Flower Committee member.