How to Grow Your Own Plants!

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Want to upgrade your dorm this year? Well, plants are an amazing option! They not only make your living environment a lot fresher and greener, but they also can offer a sense of security and companionship. Interested? The Acronym has some advice on how to turn your dorm room into your personalized garden!

Growing Vegetables

As weird as it sounds, you can actually grow vegetables in your room, and you don’t need much to do it. In fact, some of the vegetables don’t need any soil at all. Some ideas include growing lettuce, tomatoes, and basil. Although lettuce does better with sunlight and lots of water, it will still survive in a shady region as long as it’s regularly watered. Some types to consider are Breen lettuce, Little Gem lettuce, and Newham lettuce. While they occasionally attract small fruit flies in the warmer months, they’re good plants to experiment with if you’re new to gardening. Additionally, growing tomatoes is a rather beneficial pastime because they make delicious snacks when you’re craving something fresh. These plants can also stay compact for a long time. The same goes for basil and other herbs.

Growing Microgreens

Microgreens are plant seedlings that are harvested before they get a chance to grow to maturity. As an often overlooked plant, microgreens are great to grow yourself—mainly because, like tomatoes, they make a delicious snack! They are filled with vitamins and minerals and are extremely flavorful. The leaves and stems of microgreens are edible, so you can add them to salads or stir-fries without needing to cook them. They also take up an incredibly small amount of space—you just need a flat, rectangular container or seed tray (without cells) to grow a lot in a few weeks. Some common types of seeds that you can grow into microgreens include beets, broccoli, lettuce, peas, and sunflower seeds.

Growing Fruits

Try growing lemons! They are great as a snack or an addition to your water, salad, or a warm, homemade meal. The only drawback for this fruit is that it requires plenty of sunlight—specifically, around 8–12 hours each day. Another option would be to grow avocados. These are awesome to spread on toast for breakfast and relatively easy to grow. You just need an avocado pit and push three toothpicks into the base, and put it in a glass of water. Make sure it gets enough sunlight and water it regularly. Once it’s matured enough (you should see little green sprouts growing), transfer the seed to the soil or pot and grow regularly. 

While growing plants may not be the ideal hobby for everyone, it certainly is a great activity to try. With these plants, whenever you’re craving fresh produce, you don’t need to go to Target to buy them! This article is only a starting point for gardening, but hopefully, it was helpful enough to get you started. Happy planting!

About the Author

Michelle Sun
Hello! My Acronym position is Lifestyle Section Editor this year. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, crocheting, jogging with friends, or even doing a few extra math problems. I'm an avid learner and am part of Girls Who Code on campus as well as cross country and track.

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  1. Great article!

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