If you want to start a home garden but you live in an apartment – don’t despair. By being creative and resourceful, you can grow nutrient-rich veggies like carrots and kale indoors.
Keep these tips in mind before you start planting your vegetables. (h/t to UKSurvivalGuides.com)
Use the right pots.
To grow well, indoor plants need well-draining soil.
This means you have two options:
Use the right kind of soil.
It is best to use rich and fertile soil so your vegetables can thrive.
You can either buy organic potting soil or make your own, but different plants require different kinds of soil. One option is to get an organic standard potting mix that will net good results with most plants.
Create the best environment for your plants.
Ideally, the containers for your indoor garden should be placed in a warm and sunny area. However, if you have bad weather or your windows don’t have access to the sun, you can use grow lights instead.
These will recreate the light and temperature necessary for optimal growing conditions.
Preppers and home gardeners know that even if you don’t have a small plot of land in your yard, you can still grow the following vegetables in containers right inside your house.
To cultivate shorter varieties of carrots, you’ll need a container about eight inches deep. For longer varieties, you’ll need 12 inch-deep containers to allow the vegetables to reach their full size.
Kale is a popular superfood you can grow indoors. One benefit of growing kale is that you can harvest the bigger leaves first. The smaller leaves can be left intact for a later harvest.
Even beginners can grow lettuce indoors since they require only a bit of space to grow. If you plan to grow lettuce, make sure you have sunny windows for your pots.
When selecting lettuce mixes, opt for those marketed as cutting lettuces or leaf lettuce varieties. Using these types of mixes allows you to harvest the leaves as the plant grows back. This way, you get more lettuce while putting in only half the work.
Microgreens are easy to grow indoors. They are perfect for home gardeners who want to cultivate a nutrient-rich plant that is not only delicious but also grows fast and only requires a bit of space. (Related: Easily grow vegetables indoors.)
Scallions will give any dish an oniony taste, which is great for those who don’t have enough space to grow onions indoors.
Tomatoes are suited for indoor gardens because they can thrive in containers. However, tomatoes require sunlight and you need to keep your pots near a well-lit window.
By growing vegetables indoors, you can ensure that you’re cultivating GMO-free produce. At the same time, home gardening will help you save a bit of money.