An indoor vegetable garden may sound like an impossibility, but you’d be surprised what all you can grow indoors. If you enjoy cooking, there is little more rewarding than combining your love of gardening with your cooking and seeing your own produce being used in your dishes!
Growing vegetables indoors is easy, especially if you choose the right ones. And you’ll get the freshest, healthiest organic vegetables possible. Follow my tips and you’ll be on your way with your DIY indoor veggie garden in no time!
Step-by-Step Planting Guide
- Choose what veggies you would like and choose appropriate placement
- Select a container
- Fill container with soil
- Sow seeds/transplant seedlings
- Water and fertilize
- Pollinate if necessary
Best Vegetables for Indoor Gardening
You can grow anything indoors that you can grow outdoors if you can get the conditions right in terms of soil, lighting and watering. But the following list shows some of the best vegetables for indoor gardening, great plants to get started with.
Vegetable seeds and seedlings are available from supermarkets and gardening stores.
Placement and Lighting
Most vegetables need full sun or partial shade. Take a look at the seed packet for specific light requirements. Radishes and rocket need full sun while lettuce likes full sun to semi-shade. Vegetable garden layout can have a big impact on your crops.
You can use all sorts of containers for indoor container vegetable gardening. Either use special-purpose plastic or ceramic pots or use old cooldrink bottles, milk bottles or vegetable punnets.
In order to supply enough for cooking, you’ll probably want to grow a couple of plants of each variety.
Ordinary, general purpose potting soil mix should work fine for most vegetables.
In indoor vegetable container gardening, you may need to participate in the pollination of the plant. This is the case for certain fruit-bearing plants like tomatoes.
So if you’re growing tomatoes for example, you must lightly shake the plant every day to release the pollen. Pollination is not a problem for greens such as lettuce and spinach and root vegetables such as radishes.
Using/Harvesting Your Veggies
Once your organic indoor gardening vegetables have grown to a size where they can be harvested, you will need pick some leaves if they’re veggies where you eat the leaves, or pull them out the ground in the case of a radish or other bulb or root vegetable.
Harvesting lettuce and spinach can be done two ways. Either you cut the leaves away from the plant when they’re big enough, or you pull the entire plant out of the soil.
Once you have harvested your vegetables, you can include them in one of your favourite green salad recipes and really reap the rewards of your indoor vegetable garden.
There are hydroponic appliances such as the Aerogarden which provide a really quick and easy way to grow vegetables. They provide the light and water that the plants need, and your vegetables will grow faster than in soil. You’ll have to factor in the additional cost of replacing grow lights for your indoor vegetable garden.
Hydroponic vegetable gardening indoors can either be done using a ready-made appliance like the Aerogarden, or with your own set up. Using your own set up becomes a more complicated project that will require more effort in setting up the system.