Plant an Indoor Vegetable Garden: Eat Healthy Year-round

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tomatoes basil potGrow 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?

 

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Cafe... Cafe Cynthia

I can't even get my spices to grow right. I would love to try this, but I don't have a spot that provides enough light that's not right above a hot radiator.

Cafe... Cafe Sheri


Cafe...
Cynthia, it's all about the grow lights. Think about those giant indoor marijuana operations. I'm sure they could also help with a few carrots.

mom2a... mom2aspclboy

I wish we could grow an indoor garden, but our house is too cold/drafty and we don't have any windows that get enough light. I'm thinking about getting some grow lights & a heated seedling mat, though, once I figure out where I can put them so that they'll be safe from the dogs.

tonya... tonyalynn

im hoping when we move we can do this. we dont have enough light in our kitchen so it wouldnt work out right now.

maine... mainemusicmaker

I can get my herbs started inside before the last frost, but I've never been able to grow veggies/fruit indoors.  Then, I don't really have the space for that anyway ;)

frysh... fryshannon34

Wow I never even thought of this great idea

clean... cleanaturalady

I never knew you could grow things inside.  I am going to come back to this in the winter.

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