There’s nothing more fulfilling than growing your own food. From the day you plant those seeds or insert that plant into the soil, you have something small to take care of and nourish to the best of your ability. At the end of the growing season, your efforts come to full fruition – you get to indulge in delicious, homegrown, intensely fresh fruits and veggies that were created due to the work of your very own hands. It’s a wonderful feeling that have many coming back for more.
If you live in a small space – particularly without much outdoor space – this may just feel like a dream, something to do later down the road if you someday buy a bigger property with ample land. If you live in a colder climate, this may seem like a plan to tackle next summer. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
There are plenty of plants you can grow indoors, particularly in containers, that can ignite your green thumb. Some easy varieties we love?
The easiest of them all, basil, thyme, rosemary, and mint all function well in a pot or alternative indoor-friendly container. Stick them on a windowsill and water them regularly… then watch them grow! Placing fresh herbs in all your favorite recipes will give them that small extra flavor kick you’ll crave.
Ask an expert at your local garden store which berry varieties will grow best in small spaces. Particular types of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries can grow indoors and in containers under certain conditions.
You’ll need a deep, wide container for these babies, but they’ll certainly be worth it. Plant some carrot seeds about six inches apart, water, and place in a sunny area. When you feel it’s about time to harvest, brush away some of the soil to see how the carrots are looking. You can even use the carrot greens in a great vegetable sauté or salad!
Grab a citrus tree – lemons or a small variety of orange will work nicely – and plant it in a large, deep pot. These trees require a lot of sunlight, and will be happier if rotated to disperse the light to all the tree’s leaves. Water regularly, pick often, and enjoy!
Almost all pepper varieties are fairly easy to grow, both indoors and out. Get a nice big pot or a five-gallon tub to grow these flavorful veggies. As always, make sure they get ample sunlight and water. Try different varieties – bell, habanero, cayenne – to get the most flavor from a small area.
Have you tried gardening indoors? What plants worked best for you?