Vegetables are the most common produce we buy from the market. Rarely do we consider growing our own produce because of the common notion that it’s a tedious task. We often think that in order to grow vegetables, a garden patch is needed, which is not available in most of the homes. However, there are some vegetables that are really easy to grow indoors as a healthy and cost effective alternative.
Here are five best vegetables to grow indoors along with the procedures that would yield great results.
One of the most-used everyday vegetables, tomatoes can be grown indoors, on windowsills and hanging baskets. The seeds should be planted quarter inch deep in 6 inch of soil in a pot or box. For the seeds to germinate, it’s best to keep the soil warm and to allow the plant to grow in warm conditions. They can also be trussed up on canes, and for many months, you can enjoy tasty tomatoes. If you want to have a constant supply of tomatoes throughout winter, then it is advisable that you plant them at least two weeks before winter begins.
A staple vegetable for many, potatoes can easily be grown indoors. The best thing about growing potatoes indoors is that you can grow them in almost any kind of vessel, from large buckets, to plastic or sacks. The potato tubers should be initially planted in 3 inch deep soil which should be topped with a compost layer as the tubers grow. Potatoes should be grown in places that get a lot of sunlight.
Avocados are one of the healthiest vegetables, packed with vitamins and fats. The easy way to grow avocados indoors is to plant a small tree in a large pot that can be drained properly. Make sure the soil is never waterlogged since avocado roots can’t survive in soggy conditions. Avocado plants should be regularly pruned. It is advisable to plant them under high ceilings as they grow very tall at times.
A good source of vitamins and minerals, carrots can easily be harvested indoors. They can be planted in pots or even window boxes that are 1.5 feet wide. The container should have a good drainage system, and the soil should be rich in humus. Press the seeds gently inside the soil with only a thin layer covering them. Keep the soil moist. In order to achieve the favorable conditions for growth, cover the seeds with peat moss that is soaked in water overnight. The seeds will start germinating in a few weeks.
Peppers, a common spice, can also be grown indoors. The only condition is that you should have some warm and sunny space. You can use plastic boxes and trays to grow peppers. Place the seeds in small holes created on a layer of soil of about one inch. Make sure the seeds are moist and you’ll see them germinate in a week’s time.
These five vegetables would make a great beginning in growing you own food. You can join some gardening classes online, and add more variety of foods to your home garden. It’s definitely a healthy and eco-friendly option and gives you more control over what goes into your stomach.