With many of us now being forced to spend most of our time indoors, why not learn how to grow your own vegetables from the comfort of your own home.
Learning new skills is always worthwhile, and now more than ever if you find yourself at home and are looking for ways to pass the time.
The following vegetables are easy to start growing and they will grow fairly quick, so you can look forward to feasting on your efforts sooner than you’d expect!
The carrots you grow indoors won’t be as large as the ones you might be used to eating, but they will be every bit just as delicious.
A pot that is 8-12 inches deep can provide you with fresh carrots all year round. Fill your container up with a moistened organic potting soil mix and plant your seeds around 1/4 of an inch deep.
Leave your carrots by a sunny window sill and water them occasionally so they remain moist but not soaking wet. After they germinate spread them out so that they are at least an inch apart from each other.
They will be ready to harvest within two to two and a half months, so plant a new batch every 2 weeks for a steady supply all year round.
Kale is considered a superfood and is super-easy to grow indoors. Plant a few seeds about 1/2 inch deep in a medium sized pot. Keep the soil moist and once germinated, thin down to just one plant per pot as they can grow pretty big.
After around 6 weeks you can harvest the bigger leaves and leave the smaller ones for later.
Ginger is a beautiful looking plant and can be grown easily by starting by picking some up from a natural food store. It’s best to soak it in water for a few hours to remove any traces of growth inhibitor chemicals on it first.
Place the root in a wide, shallow container with a light covering of soil. Keep it moist, and watch it grow day by day.
#4 Lettuce Greens
Lettuce grows easily indoors and if you get your hands on lettuce marked as “cutting lettuces” you can harvest the leaves and they will grow back giving you more lettuce for less effort.
Fill a pot (or plastic bag with drainage holes) with most potting soil and sprinkle 5-15 seeds on the surface. A covering of soil of 1/8 inch is enough, and you only need to mist this with water from a spray bottle to keep the surface damp but not soaked. They will grow well next to a window or under a grow light if kept moist.
Once they germinate, thin the seedlings keeping only the strongest ones.
Microgreens grow quickly, require little space and are delicious! Take a shallow container and sprinkle a single crop of mesclun or a microgreen seed mix into it.
Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil, keep it moist, and harvest the leaves when they are young and tender.
And a bonus FRUIT – Lemons!
Dwarf lemon trees make beautiful houseplants and provide full size, juicy lemons. Instead of starting from a seed, you can by a dwarf tree from a local nursery, and they should have used a grafting process which keeps potted lemons small enough to grow inside.
Getting started is as simple as buying some pots, soil, and seeds. Growing your own food will become a healthy and rewarding hobby, as well as putting nutritious, delicious food on your plate!