With many people still working from home, green therapy is a great way to  switch-off and has been proven to improve mental health. If you don’t have one already, now is the perfect time to set up a home garden.

Whether you are have a garden, balcony or indoor space, gardening is a hobby everyone can enjoy, and Afterpay has pulled together a handy list of all the things you need to kickstart your home garden along with some tips and tricks to guide you along the way.

Top tips for your home garden

  • Plan before you buy: Winter is the perfect time to plant greens such as pak choi, asparagus, broad beans and broccoli as well as herbs like parsley, thyme and coriander
  • Choose your home garden location carefully: Most herbs and vegetables do best in full sun, so make sure you choose somewhere sunny but shielded from the wind
  • Less is more: For watering you will need around one inch per week, making sure not to overwater. A good tip for making sure your plants have enough water is to insert your finger up to your second knuckle. If the soil is dry you will need to top up with water
  • Use your vertical space: If you live in an apartment, growing vining plants including tomatoes, peas and cucumbers can help make the most of your vertical space. Vertical wall planters and hanging baskets are also useful. As vegetables and herbs thrive with good drainage, a raised container can be beneficial for allowing free-draining soil

As a bonus, using Afterpay means you can split the cost of the items you may need to start your new hobby over four easy fortnightly payments, so that your new found green thumb won’t break the bank. Happy planting!

Top Product Picks For Your Home Garden

Herbie Home Seeds $3.99 (4 fortnightly payments of $1)  

Metal Tiered Plant Stand $39.00 (4 fortnightly payments of $9.75)

Maze 3 Pot Vertical Garden Wall Planter (48cm x 16cm) was $75, now $66 (4 fortnightly payments of $16.50)

The Edible Balcony $39.99 (4 fortnightly payments of $30.95)

Gorman Observing Nature Planter was $49.00, now $39.20 (4 fortnightly payments of $9.80)

What would you love to grow in your home garden? Tell us in the comments below.




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  • Nice timely article with some nice products. Gardens and plants are great to have and grow.


  • I love home gardens!


  • I’d love to have the space for tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs.
    The Maze 3 Vertical Garden looks like a good option for herbs and cucumbers on the bottom to hang over and grown down


  • Anything! I love plants, I just seem to kill them. I’m currently keeping alive a number of indoor plants, and also a number of succulents outside that have been gifted to me. So fingers crossed.


  • We have a fantastic little greenhouse outside our back door and grow many crops to augment what little we receive cash wise. It’s not only a money saver, but you know there are no chemicals or pesticides in your food and that’s wonderful when you have low immune people to feed.


  • I have lovely spinach and lettuces growing well at the moment :)


  • My son has taken over my late husband’s vege garden but he’s disappointed because he doesn’t seem to get the same results. He’s doing amazing in the flower and succulent section though. He’s got plants to flower that I couldn’t in the years that I had them planted. Looks like he has a green thumb just in the wrong gardening department.


  • Don’t you LOVE that homemade pot in the picture ?! Looks like it’s sewed from a nice material; a lovely idea !


  • Currently i have red radish in my garden.I like chillies tomato and herbs the most in my garden.


  • Been trying to grow a garden, and veg garden for the past 6 years with very little success! Only a handful of plants have survived, despite careful selection. But no matter how well we build up the soil, it just turns back to grey sand within months.


  • we grow some veggie and herbs and it is so rewarding when we cook them. so fresh and delicious.


  • Our garden has been a welcome sanctuary at this time and gardening an excellent form exercise and mindfulness.

    • I agree in todays time gardening has been a way of distressing and relaxation. The rewards are amazing especially when you get to harvest your first crop.

      • I agree – our garden is a sanctuary and home grown produce tastes so good and develops incredible life skills. There is an incredible satisfaction from growing food. Outside and garden time is so good for being centred too.


  • I would love to have more plants in our house but between me not being much of a green thumb, kids that would probably knock them down and a cat I don’t like my chances of it.


  • I want to be able to grow chinese vegetables. It would save me from going to the shops for them.


  • I can’t even keep plastic plants alive…lol


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