Happiness and also tranquillity in our surroundings are easy to obtain with a little effort as with gardening, even just tidying a space creates better eye-candy, add a few shrubs and you are well away!
Gardening does not necessarily need be a complicated affair, I have learnt that some stuff works and some does not, in this I mean whether you are growing houseplants, traditional or otherwise, fruits and vegetables in a greenhouse or simple herbs on the windowsill – most plants will be happy, some others not so much, with this in mind if some plants die after a while it may not necessarily be you who is entirely at fault.
As with life try different things when being green-fingered, you will learn best this way.
There can be an instant change and improvement with the introduction of houseplants and flowers but even more so when you have grown the specimen from seeds or perhaps some bulbs, any outside space that is not too shady and gets some sun during the day can be turned into a secluded green space that will free the mind as well as creating another useful room.
Any plants inside or outside need to be kept watered – but not too much!, water every few days not allowing the soil to completely dry out, if this happens the roots will dry out starving the plant, some plants require more water, some less but you will be able to gauge then when caring for any plant.
Any foliage will grow then die off with the production of more plant tissue in the form of leaves and flowers, if the plant is crispy it perhaps is not getting enough water or maybe is in too sunny a location. (The darker the leaves of a plant, the more efficient it is at photosynthesis* and in turn, it likes the sun a lot).
*Photosynthesis is the process of turning sunlight into new plant calls and vegetation, without sunlight (for prolonged periods of time) most plants would die as could not be able to generate new growth at a cellular level.
If you fancy keeping few plants when first starting out, succulents and cacti are very easy to keep requiring only occasional watering, they need a sunny location and if kept well will produce flowers that are stunning to look at. If cacti are not your thing go for a spider plant with variegated leaves of gree, they will product delicate white flower then; new plantlets will emerge with roots you can hang over a pot of soil, they will root then the plant umbilical cord can be cut and you have another spider plant in a separate pot. There are many houseplants for sale each with varying environmental conditions they thrive in and they rarely come with any useful instructions so you must just pick up as you go along.
Houseplants are nice to look at but you generally get no produce from them unless specific to the task like growing chilli and pepper plants.
Around March to April, it is possible to buy young tomato plants that can be grown outside or if you are lucky enough, in a glasshouse/greenhouse. They are easy to grow and can produce a great harvest that keeps on producing through the season with delicious, better than shop-bought and fresh as can be, straight off the vine.
The thought of growing anything and may seem daunting but the only way you can learn is by doing, this can give you exercise and clear your mind also – as well that; nice plants and vegetation including as well edible items should you so desire.