Save money; pick vegetables and herbs from your indoor garden rather than buy them from the grocery store.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Peas are best eaten straight off the plant, just before their natural sugars turn to starch and lose their sweetness.
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.
Running a fan toward your basil plants will simulate its natural habitat. Do this for at least a couple of hours a day.
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.
Plant oregano in some well-drained sandy soil to prevent root rot and they produce more oils with more exposure to light.
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.
Mints, in general, prefer moist, rich, and well-drained soil, just like basil.