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Make Your Own Indoor Garden (Paperback)

How to Fill Your Home with Low Maintenance Greenery

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By Sarah Durber
Imprint: White Owl
Series: Make Your Own
Pages: 112
Illustrations: 120 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526774583
Published: 31st March 2021

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This book aims to cover the most commonly asked questions by new plant owners and will help people who want to have more greenery in their lives but don’t know where to start. It will advise on the best plant for a variety of home conditions so that everyone should be able to find plants that suit their space.

Having and maintaining an indoor garden can be possible for anyone, the book will give you step by step guides to creating and designing your own terrariums, cacti & succulent gardens and even kokedamas (Japanese for Moss Ball). It will include descriptions of the equipment needed, and how to find this inexpensively so that the hobby is accessible to everyone. Readers of the book will discover a newfound joy of plants and nature as well as learn a brand-new skill.

The book will go into detail about what may be causing damage to a plant, and how to look after plants so that they last. It will also focus on how plants can improve physical and mental health, to encourage readers to fill their homes with greenery for practical and aesthetic reasons.

The innate human need to be around nature is called Biophilia, and this book will tap into that need without over complicating things. The focus will be on low maintenance, good-looking greenery.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Everything about this book is bright and cheery, especially the photographs! It's so aesthetically pleasing and sweet and written with an encouraging tone. You just know the author's personality is as charming with Succulence as the delectable name of her plant shop. Though a master gardener, this book has inspired me anew and I am going to begin with a few terrariums. Plants and planting can seem daunting but really no more difficult than any other hobby and so very gratifying.

The author details the benefits of indoor gardens (there are many!) with information on temperature, light needs, equipment, "ingredients", propagating, planting and maintenance. There are plants which only require monthly watering. There is an extraordinary variety of plants in the book (just look at the delightful containers!) including echeveria succulents, zebra cactus, bunny ear cactus, powder puff cactus, ferns, string of pearls, string of hearts, prayer plant (I really need to find this one) and air plant ideas. In case you encounter problems there is trouble shooting, such as what happens if you water too little or too much. I particularly enjoy the "which plant for which room?" chapter. The copper watering can, though!

Growing houseplants does not take a so-called green thumb. You can do it with zero experience. This book is wonderful for those starting out but will inspire experts alike. Anyone with an inkling of interest please do start with this. I learned a lot!

NetGalley, Brenda Carleton

It was a nice short read. And the homemaker in me took extensive notes and will be adding more indoor plants in the house CONFIDENTLY.

NetGalley, Advanced Torres

A quick and easy read with tons of tips and tricks for the beginner indoor gardener. A great addition to any new home.

NetGalley, Tanya Erdos

Anyone who finds it hard to keep a plant alive could use this book! I made a list of houseplants I’d love to try following the examples in this book! I’d recommend for that purpose!

NetGalley, Johanna Sawyer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

As a pretty new plant mom this book helped me figure out the best ways to care for my plants and so helped me fix some mistakes I've been making. After reading through this I have also discovered some plants that I would love to add to my collection soon. This is a great resource for anyone new to caring for houseplants.

NetGalley, Carmen Malcolm

Make Your Own Indoor Garden: How to Fill Your Home with Low Maintenance Greenery by Sarah Durber is a great resource for indoor gardening.

The author provides so much incredible information, like how to make your own terrarium, how to make a kokedama, how to propagate your plants, as well as the well-being of your plants. My favorite chapter was on how to combat air pollution using plants in your home.

There is a lot of great information packed into this book! I definitely recommend reading this is you are looking to add plants to your home!

NetGalley, Nikki Raymond

This is a helpful guidebook for the beginner indoor plant enthusiast! When my plant collection first began to grow, I was excited about all the varieties and options, but had no idea what would really grow well in the different rooms in my house. To make things worse, I live in a partial forest, so I often overestimated the amount of light my plants would receive during the day. If I had access to this helpful book, I may have avoided some of the beginner mistakes I made, like collecting succulents that had no hope of growing well in the limited sunlight.

Throughout the book, Durber introduces her readers to the many different kinds of indoor plants with detailed instructions for their care. She also includes a how-to for building terrariums--something I haven't attempted yet, but find fascinating and would like to try in the future. One thing I especially appreciated was that she wove plant introductions throughout the book, so she would talk about an aspect of plant care (like propagation) and then mention any particular plants that worked well with the concept she was explaining. This way of organizing the book kept the book from feeling like a plant dictionary. It's important to note that experienced plant caretakers may find this book more suited for the beginner caretakers. It's not exhaustive, and she doesn't touch on many of the more exotic plants.

Overall, I really enjoyed it and it was a good refresher on plant care, and would be a great reference book for anyone who is just beginning their plant journey.

NetGalley, Mary Beers

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I found this book to be so helpful! Homesteading and becoming more self sustaining is a big interest of mine so I'll take what I learned from this book and it'll go a long way!

NetGalley, Alicia Goeser

About Sarah Durber

Sarah Durber is a self-proclaimed plant lady. Her interest in indoor gardens started when she was finding city life grey and gloomy, and her mental and physical health started to suffer.


Sarah started to fill her home with plants, however she found it frustrating that she could not find a one stop shop for good looking plants that were low maintenance and came with inexpensive but stylish pots. She started an urban plant shop, and soon expanded to installing plants into office & work spaces.


Self-taught, Sarah wants to share her knowledge and bring together in one place the answers to the questions she is most frequently asked by customers and friends whenever plant conversations take place.

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