6 Easy Vegetables and Herbs to Grow Indoors

6 Easy Vegetables and Herbs to Grow Indoors

Save money; pick vegetables and herbs from your indoor garden rather than buy them from the grocery store.

6 Easy Vegetables and Herbs to Grow Indoors

If you love to cook, nothing is more satisfying than harvesting your own fresh food in the comfort of your home. It’s also a great way to get family members to eat healthy, especially if they help with cultivating the plants. Growing vegetables and herbs all-year-round also won’t be a problem if you have LED grow lights and a decent grow space. For beginners, it is advised to start with easy to care for plants. And with that said, here are six vegetables and herbs that are easy to grow indoors.

Arugula

Arugula bulb

Arugula is one of the easiest vegetables to grow indoors. They can grow well over two feet, but if you plant them in small pots, they can grow the perfect size for salads. They also do not need deep soil, but if you want to grow plants with bigger leaves, your soil should be at least five inches deep.

Tip:

If you want a mellow spicy flavor, harvest when the leaves are young. If you want a stronger flavor, wait until the leaves are about six inches long and remember to cut at its base.

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes fruit

Cherry tomatoes are the most prolific type of tomato to grow. Because of their size, they’re easy to grow in a small container. They may also be grown the upside-down way if space is an issue. They’re an excellent source of vitamin C, and there are a lot of cherry tomato recipes your family would enjoy.

Tip:

Tap on the flowers once they open to help the plants fertilize, or you can use a fan to mimic the wind. Harvest the cherry tomatoes as soon as they ripen to encourage the plants to keep producing.

Peas

regularly harvest the pea shoots and pick the pods

Some say that you need supports like a trellis for the vines. However, peas still grow fine even without them. The seeds can be directly sown into the soil and need eight hours of light. For the plants to last for several months, regularly harvest the pea shoots and pick the pods.

Tip:

Peas are best eaten straight off the plant, just before their natural sugars turn to starch and lose their sweetness.

Basil

Basil plant at indoors

Basil is a staple in a foodie’s herb garden. It is easy to care for and gives off such an aromatic fragrance. These fragrant herbs are not just for cooking purposes; they can also be used as home decors or made into aromatic oils. Basil should be planted in well-drained soil because although it’s easy to grow, it’s prone to water stress. Proper drainage then is needed.

Tip:

Running a fan toward your basil plants will simulate its natural habitat. Do this for at least a couple of hours a day.

Oregano

oregano plants home ornaments

As with basil, oregano plants also make great home ornaments. They are also perfect for tomato-based pasta and sauces as they are flavorful herbs. Oregano can be sown by seed easily, and you can duplicate through cuttings as well.

Tip:

Plant oregano in some well-drained sandy soil to prevent root rot and they produce more oils with more exposure to light.

Peppermint

Peppermint prefer moist, rich, and well-drained soil

If you’re a tea drinker, you should plant peppermint in your indoor garden. It can soothe stomachache, can add a kick to your hot chocolate, and can add flavor to Mediterranean dishes. And as with basil, peppermint plants are a staple in a home cook’s herb garden.

Tip:

Mints, in general, prefer moist, rich, and well-drained soil, just like basil.

SolarSystem 1100 LED Growth Light

How to Choose LED Grow Lights

Here are things you should consider when buying a LED lighting system for your indoor grow space.

K5 Series XL750 Indoor Growth Light from Champion LED

We all know the LED lights are the best type of lights for indoor growing. But not all LEDs are the same, and there’s a wide range of models available in the market. You should be able to pick ones that are perfect for your grow space. Otherwise, you won’t be getting the results you are hoping for. Another thing is to be on the lookout for low quality or “fake” LEDs so you won’t be wasting an investment.

If you’re ready to go shopping for LED grow lights, here’s a checklist that might help you pick the lights for your needs.

Check for the materials used and the brand.

The materials used to make the LED lights should be high-quality. High-quality materials make these lights last up to 10 years. Check if they are US-made and abide by the highest industry standards. As for the brand, you have to pick one that is used by most growers and have a good reputation in the market. Pick brands that have spent time on research and development for innovating their products.

What plants are you growing?

The lights you are about to get should be suitable for the kind of plants you are growing. Generally, all types of LED lights, to some extent, would do, but some units are made for specific plant needs. This is in particular with the growth stages of the plant. There are some made specifically for the vegetative stage, and there are also units created for both vegetative and flowering stage. Cannabis is a plant that needs both, so if you are a medical marijuana grower go with lights that have an optimal spectrum of lights for both growth stages.

How big is your grow area?

One important factor to consider is the size of your grow space. This determines the number of units you’ll need, as well as the size. Measure the exact size of the area then compare to the lighting area size of the units you want to but. Generally, you’ll need 32 watts per square foot for plants that need high light, while plants that need low light need about 11 and 18 watts per square foot.

Check if the unit can deliver a full spectrum of lights.

Photosynthesis requires different wavelengths of light, meaning it needs a full spectrum of lights. To be more specific, your plants need light in the blue and red spectrums, as well as ultraviolet and infrared. Most LED lights have many individual spectra, allowing plants to photosynthesize perfectly. However, do note that some units only have limited spectra and are only used for a certain growth stage.

Check for warranty and return policy.

Always check if the units have a warranty and a return policy. This is helpful in cases when a grower decides that they are not happy with the product, or have bought the wrong kind of unit. Most known brands provide this too, and if you see a unit that doesn’t have these, they are most probably made of substandard quality materials or are fake LED lights.

Disclaimer: Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Champion LED is merely advising on growing marijuana, and the use of LED lights for growers located in states where growing is legal. Champion LED also does not promote illegal sales or use of marijuana in any way.