Want to grow fresh crops inside? If you can grow your own food outdoors, growing vegetables and fruits indoors will not be a big problem for you.
Year-round vegetable gardening is easier than you think — you just have to be aware of the best vegetables to grow indoors. First figure out if you have the space and light requirements necessary, and then get that indoor garden growing!
Note: There are some limitations when it comes to growing vegetables indoors. Primarily due to the lack of growing space you can devote to plants that like to sprawl outdoors. Be prepared to make due with smaller yields than you would get outdoors and a smaller list of plants to grow.
Happy with herbs
If you are not a big fan of growing herbs outdoors, learn to love herbs because they are the easiest vegetables to grow indoors. Unlike many fruits and vegetables that require copious amounts of sunlight and water to produce a crop, many popular herbs are content to produce with just regular watering and a sunny windowsill. Potting up your favorites from the garden to bring indoors for the winter is a practice we should all get in the habit of doing.
11 herbs that are perfect for your indoor garden:
Raise the roots
You don’t need a raised bed or even planters that are very deep to grow your favorite root vegetables. Pots, boxes and kitchen items you can repurpose into planters are great for carrots and radishes. Choose round or globe varieties of radishes like Easter Egg and Pink Beauty.
Similarly, round varieties of carrots can be grown in smaller spaces. Look for seeds for varieties like Round Romeo, and short types like Little Finger and Parisienne.
Microgreens and mushrooms
Microgreens are a great way to get nutrient-dense vegetables into your winter diet without investing a lot of time and space to your kitchen countertop farm.
What are microgreens ? Simply put, microgreens are just sprouted seeds. Most of us can grow seedlings without much of a problem. It is when they start to grow beyond the weeks that we start to have problems. Fortunately, all you need to to your own microgreens is a clean Mason jar or flat dish, seeds and time.
Most gardeners probably never think about growing their own mushrooms. In recent years there have been a few mushroom kits sold commercially that really take a lot of the guesswork and mystery out of growing mushrooms. The best part of growing mushrooms indoors is that you are not limited by the time of year, and low light levels are not a problem. The kits come with prepared growing medium and mushroom spawn. You water once when preparing the kit and place them in a cool (50 to 60 F), dark location and within a couple of weeks mushrooms start to crop up.
If you want to grow food indoors, I suggest staying away from attempting to grow big crops like tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers and melons. Yes, with the grow lights and high electricity bills you can successfully harvest a crop, but it will not taste as good as the same plants grown in your garden during summer.
Beans are easy to germinate and a fun seed for kids to grow. Look for dwarf broad beans and dwarf runner bean varieties that you can grow in tall, sunny windowsills. Similarly, look for dwarf tropical fruit trees, or trees grown on dwarf rootstock, to add some variety to your indoor vegetable garden. The best vegetables to grow indoors are those that you can provide enough light and growing space. But do not be afraid to experiment and try new plants.