Who doesn’t love an awesome salad made with vegetables that you grew in your own garden? They always taste better, you know what type of chemicals you used (or didn’t) in order to grow them, and you know that they are fresh. But what if you don’t have enough space for a garden? Maybe you are in an apartment and have no place to plant them, or you are unable to garden outside for some other reason, maybe because of the weather or disability. Whatever the case may be, there are some ways you can grow vegetables if you are just resourceful and diligent in looking for ways to make it possible. One way of doing this is by making an indoor garden. Let’s take a look at some vegetables that can be grown indoors so that you can get your garden going and your fresh veggies coming.
Essential for a good salad or carrot cake. Fresh carrots can be grown inside. They are a great source of vitamins and minerals including thiamin, niacin, folate, manganese, potassium, and vitamins B6, A, C, and K. Starting with a window box or a pot and carrot seeds, hums-rich potting mix and you’re ready to go. They have to be kept in the light in order to grow. You can even use some peat moss to keep the soil moist. In about two weeks, you should see sprouts starting to grow. They are done growing when the plants are about ¾ of an inch across. Harvest, take the stems off, clean and eat.
Great for salads, these also are amazing sources of vitamins A, C, K, and folate. Microgreens can be planted as a variety of kale, Swiss Chard, beets, basil and dill. They start in a seeding tray and should be placed facing a sunny windowsill or under a grow light in temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They should start growing within three to five days and once they have reached one or two inches and two sets of leaves at least, you can cut the leaves off and eat them. They last only for about five days in the fridge, but if you’re making yummy salads this should be plenty of time.
These are your basics like iceberg, spinach, romaine, red leaf and arugula and have the same vitamins and nutrients as their microgreen counterparts. Once planted and you start to see the plant appear, pull out all but the largest, healthiest shoots. To harvest, you can pull off the outer leaves and leave the rest to continue to grow
Now I thought these were primarily outdoor plants, but they can also be grown inside which is awesome. They contain lycopene and helps with heart disease. Plus, you really can’t beat the taste of fresh grown tomatoes. You need a large pot, starter potting mix, and seeds. Substantial light is also needed for these plants, and once they start to grow, you turn the plant every once in a while so every side gets sunlight. Once they are about three inches tall you change the soil to regular potting mix. Two weeks later organic fertilizer can be used. Don’t forget to have stakes on hand to hold up the stems. Now indoor ones will not be as large as the ones grown outside, but they still taste just as amazing.
Who can resist fresh green beans for dinner. All they need, like the other plants that we have already discussed is a sunny windowsill or area for growing. It is recommended that like tomatoes, stakes must be used as these plants grow quickly and will need the support. When they are ready to be harvested, just pull the beans off the stems.
Another staple for salads and smoothies, kale is easily grown indoors, and can even be grown during colder months. Instead of putting the seeds so close together as we do with many others you want to space them a bit farther apart in order to allow them to grow.
Now you can have basically an entire salad that can be grown in the comfort of your own home. And this list isn’t nearly exhaustive. There are still many other plants that can be grown inside successfully and a lot of fruits as well. If you want trees in your house you can even go as far as having mandarin oranges, lemons, and avocados. But the advice is to start simple. The simpler you start, the more luck you have, and then you will be more inclined to continue growing them.