It is the most common question for someone who wants to start an indoor garden which is what veggies can grow indoors?
Vegetables that you can grow indoors (and therefore do not have to move outside) are, for example, peppers, different types of lettuce, tomatoes, eggplant, bell pepper and lemon plants. You can also grow almost all types of herbs indoors .
Can all vegetables be started indoors?
You can initially grow almost all vegetables indoors. As soon as the plant gets too big, put it in a larger pot or plant it in your indoor vegetable garden.
There are some popular methods which have been proven effective to grow almost any veggies and fruit indoor.
Growing vegetables indoors: light spot and plenty of water
Of course you want your seeds to grow into beautiful, strong plants as quickly as possible. Therefore, give them enough water so that the soil always remains slightly moist. The place where you put your growing pots also contributes to faster growth. It is not without reason that many vegetable gardeners choose to put their cultivation pots on the windowsill: young plants like a lot of daylight. So choose a light, sunny spot so that your plants remain strong and healthy.
Do you see the first green shoots appearing from your seed? Turn your nursery pot a few centimeters every other day. This way you prevent the plants from growing towards the light and you ensure that your plants grow nice and straight.
Growing on water
Growing on water instead of in soil is something you see more and more nowadays. It is also referred to as ‘hydroponics’. It is used for indoor plants, but also for growing vegetables in the greenhouse such as lettuce, tomato and chicory. Because you grow your vegetables in water, you can easily dose and add nutrients.
The vegetables that you grow on water have different types of roots than when they grow in soil. Water contains less oxygen than potting soil, so the plant develops roots that are less branched and can absorb sufficient oxygen.
Did you know that there are special planters for growing vegetables in water? The bottom part of the tray is filled with water, where the nutrients are located. The upper part is filled with brown clay granules in which the roots grow, so that they can absorb oxygen from the air.
The planter is also equipped with a water level meter that indicates exactly when you need to add extra water. The advantage of hydroponics is that it requires a lot less work than growing in potting soil. Perfect if you don’t have such green fingers!
Tip: vertical vegetable gardening
You can of course put your growing pots together on the windowsill, but if you really want to make something original from your vegetable garden, a vertical vegetable garden might be for you. A window garden not only takes up little space, it also looks nice.
You can even buy systems that automatically provide your plants with water. You can also make your own window garden by hanging trays with hooks one above the other on a rope or rack.
What fruit and veg can be grown indoors?
It may sound like a surprise to many city dwellers, but it is certainly possible to grow your own vegetables indoors or in an apartment. With a little planning, the right resources and patience, it is perfectly possible to grow your own fruit and vegetables. That gives you the tastiest products from your own garden. Better than you have ever tasted. It is what nature gives you. Pure nature, self-cultivated. It’s a great way to enjoy nature, have a fun hobby and a fun way to be ecologically and environmentally friendly.
Whether you have a garden or an apartment with a balcony, it is important to have the right soil. Often the earth in the city consists of too much clay or too much sand. You can increase the soil with good, fertile soil that is rich in nutrients and has the right composition to drain or retain the water properly.
This article lists 7 different fruits and vegetables that not only grow well indoors, but also on the balcony or in the garden. You don’t need a lot of sun, but you do need enough sun. Some plants can be exposed to outside temperatures, others prefer to be indoors behind the window. It is about creating the right conditions in which the plants grow well.
And you can easily get the things you need from the hardware store or the florist. Such as pots, flower boxes, the right soil, a shovel, a watering can and of course seeds. You will see nature grow in your own house. That is a wonderful phenomenon.
You can easily grow the following vegetables yourself.
You can of course put a kernel from an eaten avocado in a large pot of soil and wait for something to grow out. You can also get a small avocado tree to speed up the process a bit. The plant needs sufficient light and heat all year round. That is why this plant grows so well in warm countries. So place the plant indoors near a window with a lot of sunlight.
Maintaining the avocado tree is fairly easy. Water it about once a week and only prune when absolutely necessary. Once the tree is bearing fruit, allow the harvested avocados to ripen for a few more days or even weeks. So patience is a virtue.
If you choose to grow the wick, hang the wick in a glass of warm water with a toothpick. Make sure the pit grows down. Water regularly. In a week or two, the roots will have grown out and you can transfer it to a larger pot of soil.
Then you have to wait for your own avocados.
There is little better than a delicious, juicy tomato. The best tomatoes are the tomatoes that are grown themselves. But you don’t growing tomatoes at homejust do that . Tomatoes need a lot of sunlight, about 12 to 18 hours a day. You understand that tomatoes grow well in the summer, preferably indoors in front of the window in a space pot. The growing tomatoes can become quite heavy on the plant. Therefore, make sure that you firmly strengthen the plant with, for example, a wooden stick. Or grow vine tomatoes.
Can you also enjoy fresh beans? The best comes from our own garden. Fresh beans are typical Dutch food. Delicious with potatoes, a pork chop and gravy. Can you already picture it?
Beans are very healthy and easy to grow yourself. Plant the seeds of the beans in loose, sandy soil rich in fertilizers. Plant it in long, narrow rows so that the roots have room to take root and drain the excess water. Beans need about 6 hours of sunlight a day. Hence, it is a good vegetable to grow in the winter months. They require little care other than planting the seeds. Make sure the soil remains moist.
This is also a typical Dutch vegetable. Delicious to make your own stew, with fresh carrots, onions and mashed potatoes. growing carrots at homeBut you can also make carrot soup, or use the carrots in just about any dish. Carrots have a natural sweet taste, which fits perfectly in many dishes.
The secret to delicious roots is to plant them in nutrient-rich and soft soil so that the roots can thrive. Plant the seeds about 6 inches apart in narrow, but deep trenches. It is important to keep the soil moist so that the roots can germinate properly.
- Citrus fruits
In our cold climate, citrus fruits are best grown indoors. You can start with, for example, a small orange tree. Small fruit trees, or dwarf trees, are regularly sold in the garden shop. These often come in their own pot.
It often looks very nice, but citrus fruits do need a fair amount of time to grow. In general, such a tree can produce fruit in 6 to 12 months. For example lemons, limes, plums or tangerines.
You can also grow strawberries yourself. You can buy certain kits for strawberries, which already contain everything you need. The kit ensures that your fruit plant is continuously fed. Nice and handy.
- Fresh herbs
You probably know the scene. While cooking, you walk to your own herb garden to pick delicious, fresh herbs. growing herbs at homeThe freshly picked herbs have a better taste than any herbs you have ever tasted. Consider, for example, mint, basil, parsley, sage, thyme, rosemary, and so on.
Herbs are very easy to grow. There are even ready-made plants for sale. They grow fairly quickly, so if you harvest some herbs while cooking it, it will have grown back quickly. Herbs do need a lot of water. So you have to water them regularly. Preferably daily.
Gardening is my passion and growing plants indoors has always been a stress relief for me. Grow a banana tree in my apartment once (although failed to produce bananas).