Indoor Gardening

Plants You Can Grow Indoors

Growing Herbs Indoors

Growing things and taking care of plants is very fulfilling. It’s even better if you grow something you can actually eat. Growing plants yourself is a great thing because you can watch things grow from nothing into rich or ready to eat plants. It also makes you secure because you always know that the food grown in your own garden is healthy and pesticide-free.

However, not all people have large gardens to grown their vegetables and other plants. The good news is that there are many plants you can grow in a small area. All you need is a suitable container. In some cases, vertical planters may also help you grow many plants inside your house.

Here is a list of all the things you can grow at home, in containers.

Fruits

  • Apples. You may grow apple trees in a container, or on your balcony or another small space. To achieve this, you should use a technique known as espaliering.
  • Avocados
  • Kumquats
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranate
  • Pears
  • Figs
  • Strawberries
  • Citrus fruits: these are actually ideal for beginner gardeners because they are so easy to grow indoors. You may grow grapefruit, dwarf oranges, Meyer lemons, tangerines and limes this way.
  • Tropical fruits: they can be very easy to grow indoors, even in non-tropical climates. You may grow bananas, papaya, pineapple and several varieties of guavas.

Vegetables

  • Tomatoes
  • Summer squash
  • Other squash types (such as pumpkin or acorn)
  • Sweet peppers
  • Hot peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Melons: Golden Midget watermelon, small cantaloupe, Jenny Lind melon (as heirloom cantaloupe)
  • Kale
  • Mesclun greens
  • Spinach
  • Lettuces: many varieties, from micro-greens to head or loose-leaf
  • Swiss chard
  • Mustard greens
  • Collard greens
  • Arugula
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Potatoes
Growing Herbs Indoors

Herbs

Herbs are easy to grow indoors (well, most of them). All you need to do is to make sure that if you want to do grow different herbs in the same container, the chosen plants can co-habitate together. Some herbs will hog water and leave the others dried out. Other herbs have very strong roots that can damage their neighbors Mint, for example, doesn’t like company. Here are some herbs you can grow indoors:

  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Chives
  • Catnip
  • Thyme
  • Sage

And More…

Some other plants you can easily grown in containers in your home:

  • Hops. Yes, the “spice” ingredient in beer. It’s very easy to grow them.
  • Aloe vera
  • Various herbs needed for making a herbal tea
  • Quinoa
  • Sprouts, including mung bean and lentil sprouts
  • Wheatgrass
  • Kohlrabi
  • Turnips
  • Rutabagas
  • Celeriac
  • Parsnips
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Rhubarb (a bit difficult to grow in a container but it can work)
  • Mushrooms
  • Pole Beans

Also, some people believe it’s possible to grow asparagus indoors, though there’s no consensus on this. You can always try and see if it brings good results!

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