There’s nothing better than having your own garden-fresh vegetables whenever you want them.
Growing your own vegetables is healthy, satisfying, and even fun, but often people think that it requires a large garden or sunny terrace to grow vegetables.
However, you can grow gorgeous, healthy vegetables indoors, if you have the right garden system.
Here are some of the best indoor vegetable garden systems available.
How to Choose an Indoor Vegetable Gardening System
There are a huge range of indoor gardening systems to choose from, and the best choice for you depends on your indoor environment, the plants you want to grow, and how much you want to harvest. Here are some key things to consider.
Do You Want a Hydroponic System?
Hydroponics is the act of growing plants without soil; the roots are suspended in water with nutrients in it, so no soil is needed.
Generally speaking, plants grow better in a hydroponic system, because they are able to constantly draw any moisture or nutrients that are needed, and don’t need to rely on periodic watering or fertilizing, so they grow faster and yields are higher.
Hydroponic systems are also great for a kitchen environment, because they take up less indoor space, and there is less mess or pests from soil.
Hydroponic systems can also be more expensive, rely on a consistent power supply, and any mistakes affect the plants more quickly, because they don’t have soil to act as a buffer.
Many people simply dislike the constant water-pump noise of a hydroponic system, although that can be diminished by a high-quality pump.
Do You Need a Grow Light?
Unless you have an exceptionally sunny indoor space, with a large, south-facing window, you probably need a grow light. While house plants and even herbs can tolerate lower light conditions, vegetables need adequate light to bloom, fruit, ripen, and form the nutrients you want in your food.
Grow lights ensure that your indoor plants get the light they need to grow and thrive, but there are a lot of different options and features.
Look for a grow light that can adjust in height or direction as your plants grow, and consider other features like programmability, manual or automatic on/off settings, or a convenient remote control or app integration.
How Much Do You Want to Harvest?
Let’s face it, most small indoor vegetable gardens will take weeks or months of cultivation before they yield enough greens or tomatoes for a salad.
If you want an indoor vegetable garden that will provide food for meals, particularly for a family, you may need to consider a large or expandable system.
Before you choose a system, consider how many and what type of vegetables you currently buy from the market, and how often, so you can set your expectations.
While a smaller kit may work well for herbs, flowers, and small greens, you will need a much larger setup in order to provide regular meals.
AeroGarden is one of the best-known brands in indoor gardening, and the Bounty hydroponic garden lives up to their reputation.
It’s a foolproof, all-in-one system for growing your own herbs, greens, or vegetables indoors.
With the AeroGarden Bounty, you add water and the included nutrient solution, then add the included seed pods. There is no soil, so there is less mess and fuss.
The LED grow light nurtures the plants, providing the full light spectrum for optimal growth and yield. The built-in control panel automatically adjusts the light as needed, and reminds you when water or nutrients are needed.
The adjustable arm of the LED light panel raises up to 24 inches, to keep pace with your plants’ growth.
People love the AeroGarden Bounty because the seeds are guaranteed to grow, and the intelligent system guides you through every phase of a plant’s growth, as well as providing useful gardening tips.
Even people who struggle to keep houseplants can have a gorgeous indoor garden with this system.
The new model has a large reservoir that is easy to fill and stays full for longer, a built-in step-by-step guide to starting your new garden, and a “vacation mode,” where the system automatically slows plant growth and conserves water until you get back home.
The AeroGarden Bounty comes with the AeroGarden countertop garden, with 30 watt LED grow lights on an extendible lamp arm, Miracle-Gro liquid plant food, a growth trellis, and 9 seed pods for a gourmet herb garden, including Genovese basil, Thai basil, curly parsley, Italian parsley, thyme, chives, dill, and mint.
TIP: When starting a new AeroGarden, keep the grow baskets and grow dome that come with the seed pods. There are simple tutorials online about how to use these to make DIY seed pods and grow anything you like in an AeroGarden.
AeroGarden 45w LED Grow Light Panel
The biggest challenge with growing an indoor vegetable garden is getting sufficient light.
Light is essential not just for plants to grow, but for vegetables to develop the healthy vitamins and minerals we need when we eat them.
The AeroGarden LED grow light panel provides all the light your plants and vegetables need to grow big, strong, and healthy.
The AeroGarden 45w LED Grow Light Panel comes with a stand that rotates 360 degrees to provide light at any angle, or a kit for hanging the light from above.
It emits white LEDs that simulate growth, red LEDs to produce more flowers, and blue LEDS to create larger yields.
The 45 watt light is energy efficient, and is rated to last up to 30,000 hours. It’s perfect for starting seeds, nurturing flowers, or hydroponic gardens.
The stand measures 21.5 inches wide by 9 inches deep, and the legs can be adjusted from 10.43 to 16.3 inches.
Ecolife ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Indoor Garden System
With the Ecolife ECO-Cycle Aquaponics system, you turn your existing 20 gallon fish tank into a closed-loop ecosystem, where you can enjoy taking care of your fish while growing a gorgeous vegetable garden at the same time.
The Ecolife ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Indoor Garden System fits on top of your fish tank.
Plant roots hang in the aquarium water, where they draw water and nutrients, and clean the water, making it a healthy habitat for your fish, and a self-sustaining ecosystem for plants and fish together.
This system uses up to 90% less water than other hydroponic gardens, and reduces nitrites and algae growth in an aquarium. The ECO-Cycle system has 17 plant pots for a generous garden.
The included grow light has a remote control with four growth settings, and it can be programmed to operate on a timer.
The Ecolife ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Indoor Garden System comes with instructional videos and free email and phone support to help you get started.
Klarstein Growit Flex – Smart Indoor Garden
The Klarstein Growit Flex is a beautifully designed indoor garden that makes growing herbs, plants, and vegetables indoors simple and attractive.
It’s a complete 15-piece kit with everything you need to get started and grow a thriving indoor garden in no time.
The Klarstein Growit Flex Smart Indoor Garden is a compact hydroponic garden that will allow you to grow up to 9 plants at the same time, with a large two liter water tank and build-in circulation pump that provides nutrients to plant roots.
The full-spectrum grow light that provides plants with all the light they need to grow. The light has a 135 degree tilt angle, so you can adjust it over time to keep pace with the growth of your plants.
The light has automatic light control that simulates natural daytime light cycles for fast and healthy plant growth.
The Klarstein Growit Flex Smart Indoor Garden comes with the plant container and grow light, seed box, seedling sponges, plant baskets, and more.
Click and Grow Smart Garden
The Click and Grow Smart Garden has a beautiful, streamlined Scandinavian design, with exclusive Smart Soil inspired by NASA technology that provides perfect nutrient balance and pH levels for your plants.
The company has more than 40 different plant types, so you can grow all kinds of herbs, vegetables, and flowers indoors.
The Click and Grow Smart Garden measures 605mm long by 185mm long, and 400mm high, accommodating plants that grow up to 265mm. It has space for 9 seed pods and a generous water reservoir for the self-watering system.
The professional grow lights use a self-timer to deliver the right amount of light for plant health and growth with low energy consumption.
The Click and Grow seed pods have Smart Soil that is made of natural materials with no pesticides, fungicides, or hormones.
It ensures the right pH level, even water distribution, and the right dose of nutrients to every plant.
The Click and Grow Smart Garden comes with 9 seed pods: 3 each of basil, lettuce, and mini tomatoes.
Indoor Herb Garden, BEAUTLOHAS
The BEAUTLOHAS indoor herb garden is a great way to get started with hydroponic gardening.
It only has room for two plants, but the automatic grow light, large reservoir with water reminder light, simple setup, and affordable price make it a great option for beginners or people who feel like they can’t grow plants.
The system makes it easy for anyone to grow a cheerful, thriving, small indoor vegetable garden.
The Indoor Herb Garden, BEAUTLOHAS is 10.12 inches long by 4.5 inches deep, and 14.75 inches tall. The grow light rotates by 180 degrees to keep pace with your plant’s growth.
The water tank holds 1000 ml of water, and has an indicator light when more water needs to be added. The grow light can be turned on or off to act as a reading lamp, or set to mimic a daylight cycle of 16 hours on and 8 hours off, for natural light that makes healthy plants. The plant pots are self-watering, and the system is energy efficient.
The Indoor Herb Garden, BEAUTLOHAS comes with the hydroponic reservoir and plant pots, the grow light, vermiculite medium, and a power adapter, as well as an instruction manual.
TIP: Your plants will grow better if you add a hydroponic nutrient solution (OceanSolution is a good choice). It’s also a good idea to eventually get some vermiculite, because new plants started in the BEAUTLOHAS indoor garden need new vermiculite every time.
Anifun Hydroponics Grower Kit DIY Self Watering Indoor Hydroponics
This compact hydroponics kit has everything you need to get started with a basic indoor hydroponic garden.
It’s a great option for a flexible, DIY indoor vegetable garden that can grow 6 plants.
The Anifun Hydroponics Grower Kit has a reservoir that measures 11 inches long by 7.5 inches deep, and is 5.3 inches tall.
The basin cover has 6 openings for plants, and the included baskets suspend plant roots in the water, where they can remain hydrated and absorb nutrient solution, if you choose to add it.
The Anifun Hydroponics Grower Kit comes with the basin, the basin cover, a water pump, 6 planting baskets, 6 planting sponges, and a pair of tweezers.
Growing your own vegetables indoors is both fun and rewarding. You get to provide your own organic, fresh produce, and also get the air-purifying and mood soothing effects of indoor plants.
It’s a fantastic, educational hobby for children and adults alike. Indoor vegetable gardening systems make it easy and simple to get started, by providing everything you need for a garden, as well as easy-to-follow instructions that make these systems nearly foolproof (or even black-thumb-proof).
Start your own indoor garden and have a fresher, flavorful, and more healthy life every day.