Which vegetables can you grow indoors – 5 examples with growing guides
Wanting to grow your own fresh vegetables but short on outdoor space?
It’s easier than you might think, but not foolproof. Perhaps you’ve read other articles that say you can grow any and every vegetable in the comfort of your home or apartment – only to watch them shrivel and die. The simple truth not all vegetables do well inside with minimal direct sunlight. Trust me Janice, I’ve been there.
Through my own trial and error, I have found 5 vegetables which I’ve managed to grow indoors on a consistent basis. I’m not saying there aren’t others – but these one’s have been the best performers for me.
So, which vegetables do I recommend for growing indoors, even if you have minimal light?
- Scallions (spring onions)
In my experience, these little dynamites do great without direct daily sunlight. Below, we’ll go through everything you need to know to grow these 5 vegetables, in your home, with reliable success.
1) Scallions (Spring onions or Shallots)
Scallions are fantastic vegetables to grow inside. They do not need a heap of light to succeed, which is a huge plus if your home isn’t blessed with an abundance of natural light.
You can grow scallions straight from the cuttings from bunches you’d normally buy from your local grocer. Simply just cut off the bottoms at around 2 inches from the root base and place in a cup filled half way with filtered water (or water you’ve left to sit for several days so nasties can evaporate).
Now, for the secret.
There is no secret. Watch in amazement as they grow before your eyes (ready in just days, crazy I know). You will never have to buy scallions again. Just cut and use as needed changing the water regularly – every three days or so.
Alternatively, you can purchase seeds from your local gardening store or online and plant these babies into some good ‘veggie suitable’ potting mix soil, again cutting as needed when they reach maturity (about 8 weeks from seed). Water every 2-3 days, keep the soil moist but don’t drown it.
A good liquid seaweed fertiliser applied every 2-3 weeks will help yield, but isn’t essential.
I grow mine on the kitchen bench in water, with average light and they are literally the only indoor vegetable I’ve never killed. They’re good for my self-esteem. Also great for the kids, since they can see the results right before their eyes.
Tip:Buy a bunch from the grocer with thick bases to get the best results regrowing in water.
- Cut off base with 2inches left
- Place in water and change regularly
- Or – plant seeds ¼ inch into good quality soil
- Keep soil moist but not soggy
- Fertilise fortnightly with seaweed solution
- Cut as needed when reaches maturity
They’re small, easy to grow indoors, and pack a punch of antioxidants and other nutrients. Badda bing badda boom.
Microgreens are the shoots of vegetable seeds before they mature to plants. Not to be confused with “sprouts”, microgreens are harvested less than a month from germination from the stem and seed leaves of a germinated seed. Sprouts on the other hand are matured shoots, roots and seed eaten together as a single sprout.
There are many varieties of microgreens such as endive, radish, spinach, basil, watercress, peas, cabbage and more. You can purchase mixed seeds from any local garden store for next to nothing. Beginners might feel more comfortable starting with a single variety.
Plant seeds on top of a well draining vegetable purposed potting mix in a small container or pot – anything with drainage holes – and lightly cover with some more soil (very lightly, don’t bury them 6 feet under Janice).
Keep the pot moist at all times (without drowning or dislodging seeds) for the best chance of high germination rates. A mister is a good choice here.
Place in a well-lit spot (these do spectacularly on windowsills) and you should have fully grown microgreens in just a couple of weeks.
Tip:I sat my pot in a dish of water so it could draw up water as needed keeping it constantly moist. Works a treat.
- Sprinkle many seeds onto good quality soil mixed with some coco coir
- Very lightly top with more soil until seeds are covered
- Water in gently, without moving/flooding seeds
- Keep moist
- Place by a well lit window or door
- Harvest in as needed in a couple of weeks
Chives with sour cream? Name a better duo. Chives are great to have growing around the home as they are a great flavour to add to many dishes such as potato bake, dips, nachos, the list goes on. Deliciousness on tap.
Chives are easy to grow on a windowsill or in a decorative pot by the back door. They do prefer good light, so these aren’t suited for dark corners. You can either start from seed or with small seedlings from your local garden store. Both work fine in my experience, so whatever floats your boat.
Plant in early spring in well-draining vegetable soil with a bit of compost mixed in for best results. A few spoonful’s of liquid fertiliser every 2-3 weeks helps.
Water regularly to keep the soil moist.
Harvest is typically 60 days from seeding, less if using seedlings.
Tip:Don’t harvest too early. But when plants are mature, cut back to 1-2 inches from the soil monthly to increase yield. You can divide mature bunches to increase coverage. Remove flowers as they appear.
- Plant seeds or seedlings in good quality soil mixed with some compost
- Water in, keep soil moist until germination
- Water weekly in summer, less often in winter
- Fertilise with seaweed solution monthly for a good crop
- Cut as needed when reaches a good height and thickness
Leeks are another easy ‘regrow’ vegetable to save you buying again and again at the grocery store. Simply cut off the bottom of the leek leaving about an inch or two from the root base. Next, place the root base in a cup of jar of water in a well-lit position on the kitchen bench. Make sure you change the water every 3 days or so.
In my experience Leeks take a long time to grow from seed – hence the supermarket option is best to keep your stocks up for soup season. Leeks will not regrow to full size in water, but will grow enough to use again – as you do not use the top part (greenest part) of the leek in most recipes. Just cut back to the base again when ready to use and repeat!
Tip:Turn the pot regularly when changing water to keep your leek growing upwards instead of sideways.
- Cut off root base with 2inches left
- Place in water and change regularly
- Cut off growth when it is big enough for use
- Rotate your pot regularly
These little pink treats grow very quickly and are easy to grow indoors. They like a sunny morning position and prefer to be more shaded in the afternoon especially in the Australian summer time. If you’re an aussie (oi oi) then a eastern facing window position is perfect.
Growing radishes from seed is easy. There are many different varieties to choose from such as Sparkler, French breakfast (more elongated), Cherry belle (most common) and more.
Simply place your seed in some good quality potting soil with a 1/6 portion of compost and 1/6 portion of coir mixed in. Do not plant the seed too deeply – 1cm is perfect. Water regularly keeping soil moist but do not make soggy as this promotes leafy growth instead of fruit growth. Ensure your container has good drainage holes.
When the diameter of the radish head is about 1 inch at the surface of the soil it is ready for harvest. Depending on the variety they take about 3-4 weeks to reach maturity and are ready to show off in your salads.
Tip:You can use the radish leaves in salads also before the red fruit is ready for harvest.
- Plant seeds shallow in good potting soil mixed with some compost
- Water in with seaweed solution for good germination rates
- Keep soil moist but not soggy, do not allow soil to get too dry
- Fertilise with a seaweed solution when they are around half grown
- Harvest when radish head diameter at soil surface reaches 1inch
- Wash and enjoy
There you have it. 5 easy to grow vegetables from the comfort of your home. I’ve had personal success with all of the above – we hope you do too!
Miss Pot Plant xoxo