Indoor Gardening Ideas For Vegetables And Herbs! No Backyard, No Problem!
Gardening can be fun and relaxing. But, if you don’t have room for a garden or if you’re from a colder climate, you might think that maintaining your own vegetable garden might be impossible.
If growing your own garden is something you would really love to do, but, are worried about not having any outdoor space, don’t worry, it IS possible! You can create an organic vegetable garden in a greenhouse. I love mine!
If you have a limited space, you can create your own indoor garden too!
There are several indoor gardening vegetables for you to choose from when you want to try indoor gardening ideas. Check out this list of the easiest vegetables you can grow indoors all year round.
Tomatoes are one of the vegetables that you can grow indoors during the winter season. Who doesn’t love a beautifully tasty homegrown tomato? Well, no need to wait for summer!
To start growing vegetables indoors, use unglazed pots that can ensure a proper airflow. These pots should be at least six inches deep. Make sure that the pots have good drainage before seeding the tomatoes.
Whether it is red or green, bell peppers can be grown in pots without any problems. But one thing to pay attention to is the soil that you use.
If you love eating salads for lunch or dinner, you should try growing lettuce. There are a ton of lettuce varieties to choose from and you can plant them even during winter, they actually thrive in cooler weather.
You can plant lettuce in any type of container or pot. The only requirement with lettuce is that you need to plant them in a depth of at least four inches.
Is it possible to grow potatoes indoors? It is! Growing potatoes is possible even during winter.
To start, choose large pots that are at least six inches in depth. Fill these pots with regular garden soil or you can also mix the soil with sand. Place the pot in direct sunlight and water them frequently.
When preparing salads, garnishing your dishes, or adding more flavor to your dishes, you should not miss having sprouts in your indoor garden.
Sprouts are small plants you can grow even without soil. They are made with a variety of vegetables like beans, fenugreek, lentils, broccoli, radish, and more.
You can purchase a ready-to-grow kit that includes the seeds and growing container. All you need to do is to add water and wait for the plants to start growing.
You might think it is strange to grow carrots indoor, but, it is easy to grow carrots in pots in your indoor garden.
To plant carrots, choose a deep pot and fill with potting soil. Distribute the carrot seeds in each pot and wait for the seeds to germinate.
When growing carrots, remove extra plants that are too crowded to allow even growth. Place these pots in a sunny window and water the pots once you see that the soil is dry.
Wheatgrass does not only make your smoothie taste better, but, it is also extremely simple to plant and grow indoors, too!
All you need to have is regular potting soil and a pot or container that is not too deep. You can decide how long you want the wheatgrass to grow before harvesting with a pair of scissors.
Radishes add great flavor to salads and are one of quickest growing vegetables that you can plant in containers too!
This vegetable is highly recommended even for first-time gardeners. Just make sure that you have a pot with at least 6 inches deep. Allow at least 3 inches of space between each plant. Don’t forget to sit them beside a window for a couple of hours every day.
In my experience growing radishes, you need to give them plenty of space between or they grow oblong instead of round.
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Beets can easily grow in containers. You can grow them indoors during most seasons and have an endless supply that you can add to your dishes or your morning smoothies.
When growing beets, you don’t have to transfer them from one container to another. Believe it or not, you just need to grow them undisturbed! Sow the seeds thinly in plant containers and weed out the extra ones, or transfer to another planter after a couple of weeks.
Artichokes have an acquired taste — but, they can be very expensive too! Instead of spending that extra money, just grab a plant box or pot and grow your own!
Artichokes grow well in any containers and don’t have any special growing conditions. Since they take a bit longer to germinate, it is ideal to plant them during fall and harvest them in spring.
Onions are great in adding flavor to many dishes and soups. They are known to grow well in containers too, for as long as you give them adequate space.
When planting onions, choose a planter that is at least five inches deep, to allow the onion to grow to full bulb size.
Mushrooms are a great healthy addition to your diet. They are high in fiber, but, low in calories. Plus, they are very simple to grow — even during winter!
Mushrooms grow best in a dark and moist environment. You don’t need to worry about daylight and you can use the empty space in your basement or a closet.
There are mushroom kits that include everything that you need. Just follow the directions and you’ll be able to harvest your first batch in four to five weeks. This is also a fun project for your kids.
Other than vegetables, fresh herbs for cooking can also be grown indoors. One of them is basil.
Growing basils is very easy since it does not require any special treatments or conditions. You only need a plastic pot and soil that is rich in nutrients.
Another herb you can easily grow in a pot is parsley. When growing parsley, you can use any type of pots that can fit your window and has a few drainage holes in the bottom.
One thing to keep in mind when planting parsley is that it needs at least six hours of direct sunlight. You can also use a fluorescent lamp to stimulate the growth of the plant.
Also with Parsley as well as Cilantro my own experience has taught me to wear long sleeves and gloves when interacting with them as they can often cause a rash. My neighbor has no issue with either but, if I get too close my arms break out and I itch for days.
Here are the ones I used last year:
They were well priced and super easy to manipulate, as needed
Chives are used in different dishes, making it an ideal herb to grow in your kitchen.
Chives are easy to grow indoors. You need to use clay pots filled with potting soil. Since this herb needs constant sunlight during the day, you should consider using a fluorescent lamp if direct sunlight is not accessible.
Since chives require adequate humidity, you can ensure a constant level of air moisture by placing them between other potted plants or you can use a cold mist humidifier.
Mint can be used for different purposes and you can grow them indoors without any problems!
Just make sure that you have a good soil to ensure the health of your plants. You can either make it yourself or you can also buy a prepared gardening soil already. Just know if you plant them with any other plants they will take over the area… I learned this with some chocolate mint last year! lol
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You don’t need to have a huge space in your backyard to start gardening. In fact, you can easily purchase different planting kits. Keeping an indoor vegetable garden is not only a great hobby, but you’ll also feel better knowing what’s in your food. It’s great for kids to help and learn, too, and it’s relaxing! What’s not to like?
Are there any other plants that I don’t mention here that you know are easy to grow indoors? Share in the comments below!