Indoor Vegetable Gardening Ideas

If you are considering growing some food inside you are in the right place to get all the indoor vegetable gardening ideas. Growing your own vegetables is a great idea and it has a lot of benefits; you don’t have to worry about genetically modified organisms in your food, you don’t have to worry about pesticides and you can save money of course.

You will also decrease your contributions to the global warming emissions that are associated with the industrial food industry. You also gain a skill that can be pretty useful if we ever hit the apocalypse. But seriously though, growing your own food is always better, better for you and also better for the environment plus how great it feels to eat something you know you grew yourself.

With an indoor garden you don’t have to worry about having a space outdoors. As long as sun gets into your house through a window or door you are good to go. There are a number of vegetables that you can grow inside, keep reading to find out which ones and how you can go about growing them.

Carrots

These vegetables love the sun so you will need to find a spot where they will have about 8 hours of direct sunlight. If you have partial sun that will work just that your carrots will grow a bit slower than if they are allowed direct sunlight. You want them to be in an area where the temperature will be between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

You want to use sandy, loose potting soil and place enough to go around 8 to 12 inches deep allowing around 3 inches of room between the top of the soil and the top of the pot. Your pot should have good drainage. You want to sow the seeds thickly around ¼ inch beneath the surface.

When your carrot leaves are around 2 inches tall you can take out some of the seedlings for transplanting ensuring they are planted ½ to 1 inch apart. You can water the vegetables with chamomile tea to prevent fungus.

Microgreens

This is great way to start your indoor garden. You can find and choose from a number of seed mixes. One example would be a seed mix of basil, swiss chard, dill, mesclun, kale and radish. To plant this you simply sprinkle the seeds into potting mix in a very shallow tray.

Cover the sprinkled seeds with a thin layer of soil and then mist the soil with a spray bottle to moisten it. Place the tray on a windowsill or counter top where it will get some sun. After the seeds germinate (usually in 3 to 5 days) they will need up to 14 hours of light every day.

Tomatoes

You can grow a number of different types of tomatoes indoors including tiny Tim, small fry, toy boy, patio and pixie types. With a 6 inch pot you can grow one tomato plant. You will need seeds – plant these around ¼ of an inch deep in your starter mix.

Water the plant but don’t let the mix get soggy. The seeds will germinate within 5 and 10 days. When the seedlings grow to 3 inches tall you can transplant them into a good potting soil.

When your tomato plant blooms you will want to tap the plant so that the pollen will fall. This encourages pollination. If you want a continuous supply of tomatoes during the winter you will want to plant at least two new plants every two weeks if you have the space.

Garlic Greens

These are a great option and can be used just like scallions. You will need to purchase a couple garlic bulbs that have small cloves. You can pick up shattered bulbs. Use a four inch pot with proper drainage and add some potting soil to about half inch below the rim.

Break up the bulbs into single close and push these into the soil with the pointy end up. You can leave the peel on. You can plant the cloves close to each other up to 12 at a time. You will want to water these well and keep them in the sun. You want the soil to always be moist but never soggy.

In around a week you should start seeing green shoots. When the shoots are 8 to 10 inches tall you can cut off what you need. The cloves will sprout more, at this time you want to compost the pots contents and refill with fresh potting soil to plant a new set.

Salad Greens

These are a healthy addition to any indoor garden and also a great place to start. Salad greens are anything from arugula, red leaf lettuce, iceberg lettuce spinach or Romaine.

You can start with seeds or you can start your garden with starter plants – you can get starter plants at a local nursery. You will need a planter box with drainage holes and some potting soil of course. Fill the planter box with the potting soil and poke holes into the soil four inches apart.

Sprinkle a couple seeds into each hole if you are using seeds and if you are using starter plants you want to massage the roots of each one before placing it into the hole. Then you want to cover over the hole with some soil. The next step is to water the soil, you will want to do this regularly to ensure that the soil is always moist to the touch.

Scallions

This is one of the easiest things to plant. You don’t need any seeds, just purchase a bunch of scallions if you don’t already have some at home. Wrap all the bulbs together with the use of a rubber band and place them in a container with 1 inch of water.

You will need to change the water every day for around 7 to 10 days. At this time new green shoots should have formed and the roots should have double. At this time you can go ahead and plant the scallions in a shallow container and place this in full sun.

You want to keep the soil moist ensuring it never gets too dry before the next watering. When you are ready to harvest you can cut off the tops leaving around an inch or so. If you want to make use of the white parts of the scallion you can harvest by pulling out of the soil when they are around 6 inches tall.

Now you can go ahead and use these indoor vegetable gardening ideas to make your very own indoor vegetable garden and start reaping all the benefits of growing your own food.

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