Contrary to popular opinion, growing fruits and vegetables indoors doesn’t need a laborious task.
If you choose the right species, it can be a fun, fast, and productive endeavour. In addition, growing your own vegetables off the ground not only facilitates a greater circulation of air, it also prevents fungi, diseases, moulds, and pests from attacking your plants.
When growing vegetables indoors, it is of paramount importance for you to ensure that they receive partial sunlight and aren’t deprived of well-drained soil.
So, Without further ado, here are 5 of the easiest fruits and vegetables to grow indoors.
Growing tomatoes indoors
It is possible for you to grow your tomatoes indoors, either with the help of wire cages or through staking.
If you want your tomatoes to be sown directly in the soil of your indoors container, we recommend proceeding with the caging method.
Basically, you will need to surround the tomato plant with a circular cage; the cage must be inserted deep enough to withstand strong wind. To learn more about this method, read this handy ehow article.
Alternately, you can also use stakes to support the growth of the tomatoes. The stakes can be expertly used to prevent the breakage of the tomato stems.
The picture below should give you an idea of how to mount the caging and staking method:
The caging method
The staking method
Tomatoes like a soil with a ph of around 6.0 to 6.8, so make sure you buy a soil ph tester and control the acidity level of the water you use to water the plants.
Growing herbs indoors
Are you aware of the fact that it is possible for you to grow herbs indoors?
Well, herbs such as basil, chives, and cilantro can be easily grown inside.
To grow basil indoors, you will need to ensure that its container features proper drainage holes. And, since basil likes warm
temperature, you will need to ensure that it receives plenty of sunlight.
Similarly, cilantro must also receive a substantial amount of sunlight.
Now, if you want to grow chives, you should ensure that the planted seeds are covered by a light layer of soil. The chive container should be kept in a shaded area and it must be watered frequently.
Growing Lettuce indoors
If your home features plenty of sunny windows, you could perhaps try growing lettuce indoors.
They don´t take up much space and are easy to grow.
How can you grow lettuce indoors, you ask?
Well, you should first get yourself a plant container that features drainage holes.
Then, you should fill the container with moist potting soil. After that, you can plant the seeds. And, that´s about it! However, you need to pay attention to it once a while to ensure that the surface is nice and moist. Sun exposure won’t do it any harm either.
Growing chillies indoors
If spicy food is your thing and you want to grow hot peppers inside, it is necessary for you to learn the tricks of the trade of growing chillies.
Unlike other vegetation, chillies have some specific needs. For instance, they need good light and warmth to germinate and grow healthily.
In addition, you must also be careful when watering them, as excessive watering can wash the goodness out of the seed before it germinates. You should also be aware that a high potassium or potash feed is excellent for fruiting chillies.
Growing eggplants indoors
If you want to grow eggplants indoors, you can do so by deploying traditional container methods.
Eggplants require warmth to become productive and they also require assistance for pollination. You should shake the plant every day when blooming begins.
In addition to that, you also need to safeguard the plant against aphids.
We hope this little guide has given you some inspiration for your urban gardening ventures. Have any more ideas? Then feel free to share them in the comment section below.
Happy (urban) gardening!