Eternal Glorified Friendly Benevolent Compassionate AWAKENED ONE’s UNIVERSE IS WITHIN YOU.
“Hard is it to be born a man; hard is the life of
mortals. Hard is it to gain the opportunity of hearing the Sublime
Truth, and hard to encounter is the arising of the Buddhas.~ Dhammapada
Human birth is hard to gain,
hard for mortals is their life,
to come to Dhamma True is hard,
rare the Buddha’s arising.
Explanation: It is rare that one is born a human being, in
this cycle of rebirth. It is difficult and rare to get the opportunity
to hear the good teaching, It is, indeed, rare for the birth of a
Buddha to occur.
by fear, men go for refuge to many places — to hills, woods, groves,
trees and shrines. Such, indeed, is no safe refuge; such is not the
refuge supreme. Not by resorting to such a refuge is one released from
all suffering. He who has gone for refuge to the Buddha, the Teaching
and his Order, penetrates with transcendental wisdom the Four Noble
Truths — suffering, the cause of suffering, the cessation of suffering,
and the Noble Eightfold Path leading to the cessation of suffering.
indeed, is refuge secure. By seeking such refuge one is released from all
~ Dhammapada 188-192″
Verse 188. Fear Stricken Masses
Explanation: Human beings who tremble in fear seek refuge
Verse 189. Those Refuges Do Not Help
Explanation: These are not secure refuges. The are not the
Verse 190. Seeing Four Noble Truths
Explanation: If a wise person were to take
Verse 191. The Noble Path
Explanation: The four extraordinary realities are suffering;
Verse 192 The Refuge That Ends All Suffering
Explanation: This refuge in the Triple Refuge is, of course,
If you don’t have much room for a backyard garden or have
less-than-ideal growing conditions indoors, you might be feeling like
gardening isn’t an option. Fortunately, that’s not the case at all.
You can have a thriving, easy-care garden with low-light plants.
Learn a bit about why low-light plants could be a fit for you, along
with how to set up your indoor garden for success. From tabletop
houseplants to mushrooms, microgreens, and more, you can put your green
thumb to work inside without missing a beat.
Not every gardener has perfect planting conditions indoors and out.
While there are plants that grow well without being in direct sunlight,
it can be tricky finding the sweet spot in shadier situations.
The good news is that there are many plants that grow well in
low-light conditions, making them a good choice for beginner gardeners
or those who prefer more low-maintenance gardening.
Even if you have a north-facing patio or window sills, rest assured
you can find low-light plants well-suited to the space you have. You can
perk up a porch with a hanging basket (or two) or add a touch of
greenery to your living room. Pairing your plants with the natural light
you do have can mean the difference between plants that flourish and
ones that flop.
While indoor plants can be easier to maintain than an outdoor garden,
it still pays off to put in the time and effort to get it started
right. Here are three ways you can set up your garden for success.
Container size might not seem like a big deal, but trust us when we
say it is. Pint-sized pots may be great in the beginning, but your plant
can outgrow them quickly. If you notice your plant’s roots are breaking
through the pot or your plant is constantly tipping over and making a
mess, it’s time for an upgrade. Depending on how quickly your plants
grow, be ready to transplant them into bigger pots once a year.
In the event your plants outgrow your indoor space, consider moving them outside. Back to the Roots Fabric Raised Garden Bed
is portable, made from durable felt, and comes together in minutes to
give you extra room for fruits, veggies, and more when you need it.
Like their outdoor counterparts, low-light indoor plants benefit from high-quality organic potting soil.
The right potting mix will have an array of organic matter and
beneficial bacteria to help your plant’s roots get the nutrients they
need to thrive. And because it’s organic, you’ll be keeping pesticides
and other chemical nasties off your plate and out of your home.
If you feel like your plants need a boost, consider picking up organic fertilizer at your local Home Depot or Walmart Garden Center.
The right fertilizer will support your plant’s growth right from the
start and improve nutrient absorption and overall soil quality.
An indoor garden
doesn’t benefit from nature’s rain showers, so you must make sure to
water your plants adequately. If you’re unsure whether your plant is
ready for a drink, test the soil moisture by sticking your finger in it.
If it feels moist but not soaked , you and your plant are good to go.
Overwatering can be just as much of an issue for your plants as
underwatering. Even though it might be tempting to water them on a
schedule, you could run the risk of giving your plants more than they
need. Using containers with drainage holes is another way you can avoid
drowning your plants.
Don’t worry if you don’t get it quite right at the beginning of your
gardening adventures. Things like where you live and humidity levels in
your home can influence how much water your plant friends will need
through the season.
Low-light conditions don’t have to be a barrier to having an indoor
garden you and your family love. With so many plants to choose from, you
have plenty to explore and experiment with. Browse this list of the
best low-light plants to grow indoors to get started.
Interested in growing your own food?
One of the simplest ways to begin is with microgreens. Because they
only need a few hours of direct sunlight every day, they’re perfect for
low-light environments. Plus, you get to harvest your microgreens in a matter of days, not weeks!
You can add your home-grown microgreens to sandwiches, soups, and salads. They’re chock-full of antioxidants too (up to 40 times the nutrients compared to mature plants), and make a great addition to a healthy lifestyle.
To get started in minutes, check out a Back to the Roots Microgreens Grow Kit,
where you can choose from three different microgreen varieties. It even
comes with a white ceramic planter, so your greens will fit right into
Because Back to the Roots uses only 100% certified organic and
non-GMO domestically grown seeds, you can relax knowing you’re giving
your family the best quality microgreens in as few as seven days.
Mushrooms might be the ultimate low-light plant to include in your
indoor gardening projects as they don’t require any sun exposure. In
fact, they prefer dark, humid environments. Unlike other plants on this
list, your mushrooms will be happiest tucked away in a dark corner of
your kitchen (like inside a cabinet).
The easiest way to start growing mushrooms is with a kit. Like all of our grow kits, the Back to the Roots Mushroom Grow Kit
gives you everything you need to kick off your mushroom garden in just
10 days. You’ll receive a spray mister, mushrooms spawn, and a
downloadable curriculum so kids can learn all about the fascinating
science behind mushrooms and how they grow.
While some fruits and vegetables aren’t entirely suited to low-light
areas, you can still have a successful indoor garden if you make some
A few options that grow successfully indoors:
To help your plants grow their best, be sure and pick up an LED grow light. It can mimic the sun’s natural rays and make it possible for you to enjoy freshly picked fruits and vegetables year-round.
Growing fruits and vegetables inside can be made even simpler with a hydroponic gardening system.
This fun and easy system is entirely self-contained, so you never have
to worry about overwatering or maintaining soil quality.
Low-light houseplants are a terrific entry point for gardeners who
don’t feel ready to start growing their own food but want to bring
nature indoors. You can even try growing some of them in a terrarium.
While there are many low-light plants you can grow inside, these are some of our favorites. We’ve included their botanical and common names when possible:
Low-light plants make it easy to start an indoor garden and grow your
own food without perfect lighting conditions. Growing your own food
also allows you to connect with nature in new ways while supplying you
and your family with organic nourishment all year long.
For more ways to grow fruits and vegetables indoors and out, keep browsing our Back to the Roots blog.