When we purchased our house the only thing that really let it down was the size of the garden. We like to grow as much of our own food as possible so manage as best we can with the garden but also make use of growing vegetables indoors.
Here we are going to look at 6 vegetables you can grow indoors no matter the weather or space available.
Lettuce is super easy to grow indoors and will take up very little space which makes it an easy addition to a sunny window. Look for lettuce mixes marketed as cutting lettuces or leaf lettuce varieties. With these, you can harvest the leaves and the plant will grow back, giving you more lettuce for half the work.
Start your seeds in a pot or a plastic bag with drainage holes. Fill with moist potting soil and sprinkle five to 15 seeds on the surface. Cover them with 1/8 inch of soil and mist them with a spray bottle until the surface is damp but not soaked. Place them in a sunny window or under a grow light and keep nice and moist. Thin the seedlings once they germinate, leaving the strongest to grow into delicious, fresh lettuce.
Don’t expect huge carrots when growing indoors but you can easily have fresh carrots year-round. For shorter varities you will need a container that is at least eight inches deep, longer varieties require 12 inches to reach their full size. Choose a moistened organic potting soil mix and fill your container up to an inch from the top. Plant your seeds 1/4 inch deep. Keep your carrots moist but not wet. Once they germinate, thin them so that each carrot is at least an inch apart from its neighbor.
Once a garnish and now a superfood, kale is a great vegetable to grow indoors. The great thing about kale is that you can harvest the bigger leaves and leave the small ones for a later harvest. Plant a few seeds in a medium-size pot and cover with 1/2 inch of soil. Keep the soil moist and thin to one plant per pot.
Scallions, also called green onions, give you that onion taste without the space requirements. You can start them from seed or you can pick up some scallions at the grocery store or farmers market. If they still have roots attached, stick them in the soil, burying them up to the top of the white bulb, and watch them grow. Harvest the tops periodically.
Microgreens are one of the best vegetables to grow indoors if you are after something that is fast growing, require little space, and are absolutely delicious. All you need to do is sprinkle a single crop of mesclun or microgreen seed mixes into a shallow, well-drained container. Cover the seeds with a fine covering of soil, keep moist, and harvest once the first “true leaves” of the plant pop up.
Tomatoes are another super easy vegetable to grown indoors and they do well in containers, but they do like sunlight so make sure your tomato gets the best seat at the window. I highly recommend starting your seeds in a seed flat (egg cartons work well too) and transplanting them into a large pot when they are a few inches tall. This gives them sturdy roots. Trellis your tomato with a stake to offer further support and fertilize every two weeks.