Start an indoor vegetable garden by moving your vegetable garden indoors! When it gets cold, this is a great way to prolong your growing season. It will give you a headstart on planting new seedlings before spring. Starting an indoor vegetable garden is also the perfect solution for anyone with no yard space to grow a garden. Growing your indoor vegetable garden can be easy too. Here, we’ll share some tips that will make it even simpler.
The Easiest Vegetables to Start an Indoor Vegetable Garden
Some vegetables can be very easy to grow inside while others are more high maintenance and need constant care. Don’t want to worry about catering to special soil needs and perfect temperatures? You can stick to the easier, lower maintenance vegetables.
Finding the easiest and most forgiving vegetables to grow indoors is east. Start with tomatoes, peas, green beans, carrots, green onions, radishes, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, garlic, zucchini, kale, and various lettuces. Each vegetable has slightly different needs, but these are the most likely to grow for you with little effort.
What Plants Can You Grow From Scraps?
You don’t even need seeds or plant cuttings to grow your indoor vegetable garden. Using the scraps from old veggies, you can regrow new plants and cultivate an entire garden from what would have gone into the trash. You can regrow carrots, lettuce, celery, green onions, ginger, potatoes, onions, and a variety of different herbs. You’ll use the leaves, stalks, or stems of leftover vegetables for this. Of course, not all scraps will end up sprouting. So, plan for some losses and start with a couple extra roots and stems.
For carrots, lettuce, celery, and green onions, place the stems in a bowl of water. Leave it in a sunny area until it sprouts, then plant the sprouts right into your garden. You can regrow herbs similarly, by putting their stems in water then planting them once new roots have grown.
Some vegetables scraps can go right into the dirt. With ginger, place a piece of the root right into high quality potting soil with the smallest buds facing down. Leave it in indirect sunlight and replant it when it grows new shoots and roots. If you plant half a potato and any old mushroom stems directly into the soil, they will regrow from there. Onions are similar, except you can remove the old piece of onion once some new roots have formed.
Microgreens – Start an Indoor Vegetable Garden these Plant Miracles
Microgreens are tiny, edible leafy greens. They are basically mini versions of full grown vegetables. Packed with more flavor and nutrients, these vegetables are an ideal addition to salads, smoothies, burgers, and sandwiches. You’ll harvest microgreens early, so they have a short growing time. This makes them ideal for growing indoors, where you can keep a closer eye on them.
In fact, you can harvest microgreens only about 2-3 weeks after planting. Once they’ve sprouted about 4 or more leaves and are approximately 2 inches high, you can harvest them. Use garden scissors, cutting them off just above the soil line. Many types will regrow to allow for multiple harvests.
You can grow microgreens from the seeds of regular vegetables, or you can purchase microgreen seeds specifically designed for microgreens. Vegetables that can be harvested as microgreens include kale, arugula, spinach, watercress, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, wheatgrass, and radishes.
When Should I Start an Indoor Vegetable Garden?
It depends. Are you starting to grow your vegetables indoors with the intention of moving them outdoors in the spring? You’ll need to plan when to start growing your seeds and think about when you’ll be moving your plants outdoors. As a rule, start your seeds about 6 weeks before the last frost will be gone in your area. Some seeds are better suited to being sown directly into your outdoor garden so make sure the seedlings you’re raising are a transplantable species.
Your seedlings will need to be prepared for the outside world so you don’t shock them with a severe change in environment. Start watering them a little less about a week before moving them outside and in intervals, gradually expose them to the outdoors for longer periods of time in the sun and wind. Acclimatizing your plants to the outdoors, or “hardening them off”, will give them a better chance of surviving the transplanting.
Your seedlings can go outside once they’re developed a strong enough root structure, ample top growth, and once the temperatures warm up enough that the climate won’t be a total shock to them. The ideal times are different for every plant and will vary for every region, so it’s a good idea to check the Farmer’s Almanac for some help with your timetable. You can consult the almanac online at https://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-calendar.
Can You Use an Indoor Garden Kit to Grow Vegetables?
Using a garden kit to help you with your indoor vegetable garden is a great way to take some of the guesswork out of the set up. Some hydroponic garden kits do most of the work for you and come with grow lights that will help your veggies thrive. There are many different kinds of indoor garden kits, some being complete grow systems with lights, timers, and reminders, while others simply a variety of seeds with soil discs and tools included to get you started.
Window Garden Microgreens Kit
For a microgreens or sprout garden, this Window Garden kit comes with Non-GMO microgreens seeds, a planter tray, fiber soil, and a spray bottle. Just hydrate the, spread it in the tray with the seeds and keep it moist. In less than 10 days you’ve got greens! They also offer pre-measured, easy-to-grow refills to keep your garden going.
Nature’s Blossom Heirloom Salad Kit
Nature’s Blossom has plenty of different seed kits available to help you grow all kinds of indoor and outdoor gardens. This Heirloom Salad kit has seeds for cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, and radishes. It comes with everything you need to start your garden including biodegradable planters, soil discs, and plant markers.
Hapi Nest Salsa Garden Growing Kit
Looking to spice things up a bit? Look no further than this Salsa Garden Growing Kit! Made by Hapi Nest, this kit contains everything you need to make an excellent salsa. Or use your harvest for a variety of other recipes. The kit comes with 5 biodegradable planting pots, 5 USDA Organic Non GMO seed packets (tomato, jalapeno peppers, habanero peppers, cilantro, and bunching onions), 2 expanding soil discs, 5 plant markers, 2 recipe cards, 1 pair of scissors, and instruction booklet.
Now You’re Ready to Start an Indoor Vegetable Garden!
Growing an indoor vegetable garden doesn’t have to be complicated. You can do as much or as little of the work yourself, whether you grow from seeds, scraps, or right out of a starter kit. Figuring out what you want to grow and deciding how much work you’re able to put into your garden will help you determine how your setup will look and what tools, resources, and indoor garden kits will work best for you.