Plant an indoor vegetable garden: eat healthy year-round

Grow an indoor vegetable garden? Indeed!

From salad fixings and root veggies to herbs and more, it is possible to sustain a healthy vegetable garden in your kitchen, sunroom, or another sunny corner inside your home.

Hate giving up your delicious home-grown vegetables once winter arrives? Well, there is a way to grow an array of vegetables inside you're home.

Vegetables you can grow indoors*:

  • Beans, green
  • Carrots, small fingerling
  • Eggplant
  • Endives
  • Herbs
  • Lettuces
  • Radishes
  • Red peppers
  • Tomatoes (look at this pretty indoor tomato plant)
  • Other dwarf varieties of larger vegetables

*Ask your local nursery if your veggie choice will grow better indoors from seed or seedling.

What you'll need:

  • Sunlight, maybe a sunny window sill or corner (plants that produce a vegetable, not just a leaf, need 5-6 hours of sunlight per day; 9-10 hours is ideal) OR grow lights if you have no direct sunlight.
  • Light-colored, reflective surroundings and surfaces (white, foil, etc.).
  • Containers with water trays. Choose containers with plenty of room for the root system to grow up and out. Ceramic tends to last longer in direct sunlight than plastic.
  • To assist with drainage and airflow, add some rocks to the bottom of your container before you add the soil.
  • Good, lightweight potting soil mix that's suitable for containers. Buy new potting soil to avoid bringing in any outdoor garden pests.
  • Trellis for your container if you're growing vine climbers, like tomatoes, beans, or peas.
  • Worm compost is a good addition.

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Have you had any luck growing vegetables or fruits indoors?

Written by Sheri Reed for Home & Garden Buzz in CafeMom Life & Home


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