Save yourself a trip to the farmers' market by growing your own veggies, fruits, and edible plants in your home year-round. All you'll need is a pot with specially designed indoor potting soil and drainage holes placed next to a window with plenty of sunshine (at least 4-6 for veggies and 8-10 hours for fruits), and you'll be harvesting your own indoor crops in no time.
"Radishes are known to do quite well indoors," Miracle-Gro research specialist Ashleigh Lemon tells Ikaroo.info. This root veggie won't need a ton of light, but it will need a deep enough container large to house the growing bulbs.
Not only are microgreens incredibly easy to grow, they're super healthy, too. In fact, microgreens are packed with up to 40 times more vitamins and nutrients than fully grown veggies and plants. (We recommend using them to top sandwiches and salads!) Start with a tasty mix of baby kale, beets, and arugula, and you'll have your first harvest just 2-3 weeks later.
Herbs grow really well inside, just be sure they're not too close to a window during the winter months (the cold air may cause wilting). Take your pick from these foolproof options: basil, rosemary, cilantro, chives, thyme, oregano, and parsley.
These versatile crops can be grown in fuss-free , though they'll need a lot of light once they're established. You'll also need to carve out quite a bit of space for 'em since they can grow pretty big.
"Leafy greens and lettuce will do well indoors year-round," Ashleigh says. "But good drainage is key." Spinach doesn’t like to be surrounded by moisture, so make sure you grow your greens in a well-draining soil in a pot with drainage holes. You'll want to use an , which ensures both proper drainage and air exposure for the roots.
It can be tricky to get tomatoes and other fruits to perform well indoors, which is why it's best to start them indoors and then move them outside once it's warm enough. Or, you can grow them with some help from growing lights or a ( offers both and is great for novice gardeners). Your tomatoes will need 8-10 hours of sunlight each day. You'll also want to choose a compact variety to ensure they don't take up too much space in your kitchen.
You can grow these sweet treats in pots or hanging planters year-round, though you'll have to make sure they have access to plenty of sunlight. "Similar to tomatoes, enough light and good drainage is a must," Ashleigh says. You may also want to consider for these berries, too.