Indoor Veggies - Grow your health, Grow a Garden
If you've ever left a garlic bulb alone for a few weeks (or you've put garlic in the fridge), you may have noticed the clove sprouting a little green foot from one of its ends. Instead of tossing it out, you can plant that sprouting garlic clove about an inch deep in a small container and water it. Within weeks, you'll have garlic greens.
Start harvesting when they grow to 8 to 10 inches long by cutting off just what you need and leaving the rest (you generally only get one flush of growth from each clove). They may sprout again, but the quality declines each time, so start new cloves when you begin harvesting the current crop.
Don't anticipate yielding a bulb of garlic—you would need a particular temperature to start forming bulbs, and that won't happen indoors. However, garlic greens are an excellent substitute—they boast a milder taste, similar to a cross between garlic and scallions.
Carrots are accommodating vegetables. Growing them in containers is not just a great option for indoor growing—it also solves the problem of trying to grow them in heavy, rocky soil, should your outdoor conditions be unfavorable.
The dawn of winters doesn't mean the season of growing and harvesting all your favorite vegetables has ended. Just some right tools and methods and your favourite vegetables can be harvested indoor for months before the weather turns favorable again. While growing vegetables indoors in containers does have its challenges—they'll take more care and may not yield as much—it is possible to find great success. Start off on the right foot by choosing one of these easy-to-grow indoor varieties and you'll be harvesting vegetables in no time.
Lets check out some of the indoor fruits and veggies you can yield at home.
- Carrots :
Carrots are adaptable vegetables. It proves to be a great option for indoor growing that too in containers and it also solves the problem of trying to grow them in heavy, rocky soil, should your outdoor conditions be unfavorable. The easiest carrots are the smaller ones to grow indoors also they need less space ad mature quickly. An ideal ones can be a long container such as a window box. Covering the seeds lightly with damp peat moss so the seeds don’t dry out is done. Keep the soil moist, and your seeds should germinate within two weeks, though the number of days to maturity will depend on the variety you are growing.
- Garlic Greens :
If you leave the garlic bulb alone for a few weeks (or if you put the garlic in the fridge) you may find a little green rain falling from one end of the clove. Instead of throwing it away, you can put garlic cloves about an inch deep in a small container and water it. In a week, you will have garlic greens. Start harvesting when it grows the 8 to 10 inches long leaving the rest you need (usually you only get one flush growth from each clove). They may burst again, but the quality decreases each time, so start a new clove when you start harvesting an existing crop. Don’t expect to get a bulb of garlic - you will need a certain temperature to start making the bulb and it won’t happen indoors. However, garlic greens are a great option - they boast the same mild taste as the cross between garlic and scallions.
- Hot Peppers :
Pepper plants are tropical perennials. They not only shrivel on the hint of frost, but when indoors, they can flourish. At the end of the summer add some sweet or hot pepper or some garden pot from the seeds to your garden and bring it inside. You may not get much crop but they will bear fruit. Use a container at least 8 inches long and make sure your peppers get at least 10 hours of light per day. In addition, you should allow the container to dry during watering so that you do not risk drowning the plant. Peppers are their own pollen, but you may need to help with them - you can use a cotton swab to move the pollen from one flower to another by teasing the plants or adding pollen to each flower.
- Micro-Greens :
Micro grains are a small fresh sprout that are among the easiest foods to grow indoors, especially considering they don’t take up much space or time. Typically they are a mixture of seeds of various greens and medicinal plants such as beet, radish, black, Swiss chart and basil. Since these greens are harvested as seedlings, you don’t need much soil - usually a two inch deep shallow tray works well. Fill with moist soil and spread your seeds, just cover them with the top layer of soil (just press lightly so that the seeds come in good contact with the moist soil and don’t dry out). Spray to keep the soil moist and you should see germination in a few days. Start the crop when the seedlings have developed two sets of true leaves. Use scissors to remove it to the soil level and you will get another increase.
- Scallions :
While you can’t grow traditional bulb onions at home, scams do just fine. And you don’t even need to actually start seeds! You can root the whole scallions in a glass of water and soak the bottom in just one inch of water in one of those glasses; After excellent use, some gardeners have succeeded in restoring the original tip of the scallops. When the roots reach two inches in length, move them into a shallow container of potting mix and let them continue to grow. Cut the green fruit about an inch from the stem to go again.
- Tomatoes :
Tomatoes are a tropical perennial that dies at the end of their season and returns the following year. If you already have a large plant of tomatoes installed in your garden, keeping it there is the best bet for you. However, if you want to grow tomatoes year-round at home, you can start a new plant from seed in late summer. Once the seedlings are 4 inches tall, move them to a permanent pot and make sure there is at least 10 hours of light per day. The light quota may seem high, but if you want fruit, this is what the plant wants all year round. You can also increase your luck by re-dissolving the tomato seedlings by adding water-soluble organic manure. Once the plants begin to flower, move them from time to time to allow pollen to fall from flower to flower. You need to do this manual pollination; It will not bear fruit without it. You can expect the seedlings to become high-heavy, so it is necessary to stick or use tomato cages.
- Lettuce :
The lettuce (and other salad greens) used for lettuce is fast growing and shallow-rooted, so it does not require deep containers. Choose a planting two to four inches deep and fill it with moist, well-watered soil. Sow your seeds gently on the soil surface, then keep moist - you should see germination in about a week. Allow the plants to grow at least four to six inches before you harvest. Cut off the outer leaves or pull and let grow in the center of the plant.
For the first attempt at home vegetable gardening, lettuce, micro grains and herbs will most likely offer the best chance of success. Due to the high light and humidity requirements of vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers, these plants will take longer to grow at home, and tomatoes, in the case of large pots, may also cost special equipment such as additional lighting. Numerous ornamental peppers are grown as houseplants on the market today, and perhaps some of these are edible.