Although we would all like to have our little garden where we could grow our own vegetables, herbs and fruits realistically this simply isn’t possible for some of us. Growing edible plants indoors might feel like a mission impossible, but it really isn’t that hard.
I am lucky enough to have a garden, in which I put so much effort and love, but I know for a fact that some of my readers live in an apartment. Of course, when living in an apartment, you have limited space and no garden. This, however, shouldn’t be a reason to feel frustrated.
Many of my plants have successfully grown indoors. I still like to have them around my house. Some of them I can only grow indoors, and you’ll see why. I am bringing you my top list of edible plants I’ve grown indoors, hoping this will motivate you to start your indoor garden.
The List Of Edible Plants You Can Grow Indoors
This one comes first to my mind when someone mentions that they would like to grow edible plants indoors. Is there anything better than having fresh tomatoes in your house all year round? They are lovely both fresh and cooked and are extremely versatile.
Since they contain lycopene, people with cardiac diseases can benefit from having tomatoes on a regular basis. Especially cooked tomatoes are beneficial for health. Whether you choose to plant regular tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, the process itself is really simple.
Carrots, for me, are a must for every garden, whether it be an indoor or an outdoor one. They are full of vitamins B6, A, C, and K and minerals, such as potassium, thiamin, niacin, and folate. Putting aside how healthy they are, they make a great addition to many dishes. I also like having them fresh with hummus or grated in any salad.
As I really like fresh spinach, both cooked with potatoes or in a vegetarian lasagna, or even as a salad, I tend to grow it on my own. It is packed with vitamins such as vitamin C and K and it makes a great addition to any diet.
I’ve heard that the youngsters put it in their shakes, but I’ve never tried it! Oh well, you live and you learn. Sometimes, you have to admit that innovation is good.
I bet that this one comes as a surprise to you since it occupies so much space in the garden, but trust me, you can definitely grow the cucumbers indoors.
Of course, you’ll need a bigger container and you can’t expect to harvest too many of them, but it will work. Especially if you like the taste of fresh cucumbers even in the winter months. You all know that I like to grow my vegetables organically and this one can also be grown that way.
Now, the list of edible plants to grow indoors wouldn’t be complete without garlic. You have probably noticed that if you leave your garlic for too long, it starts to sprout.
What people usually do in that situation is that they throw it away. I have always been against wasting your food and I find ways to use even the food waste to make my own fertilizer. But with an adequate pot and a bit of time, you can reuse those cloves of garlic that have sprouted. A great way of living a more conscious life, if you ask me!
Lettuce makes a great salad or a great addition to Chinese recipes but it is also extremely healthy. It is especially beneficial for stomach and bowels and can help to prevent a stomach ulcer!
The great thing about it is that you can have multiple harvests all year round since it doesn’t require too much time to grow. I find that it grows the fastest when planted in a window planter box. It needs sunlight so putting the planter or a container on your window sill is the best solution.
I love adding chilies for that spicy taste in many dishes and this is the reason why I like to grow them indoors so I can always have them on hand. What is great about them is that they are incredibly resilient plants which won’t wilt the second you forget to water them.
Just make sure not to put them on direct sunlight. Apart from that, it doesn’t really have some special requirements. I keep my pot with chilies on the kitchen island since they are also very pleasing to look at and give your kitchen that Tuscany villa type of look.
8. Green beans
These are way better when you eat them fresh instead of the canned ones. I have planted mine in a big container and I keep it in a sunny spot. They also grow really fast so don’t forget to give them little wood or plastic sticks for extra support. Otherwise, they will fall to the ground and wilt.
9. Sweet potatoes
I simply adore these! You can roast them, mash them and even make cakes with them. Who said that you have to have a garden in order to grow sweet potatoes? I grow mine in a pot! It is an easy process from the beginning to the end, and you’ll finish with flavorsome sweet potatoes.
You would be surprised at how easy the kale is to grow! After you sow the seeds they might sprout within the week. I keep one kale plant per pot since they need room to grow. Also, they have long stems and grow more in height. Somehow, they remind me of flowers and I find that great because you won’t be ashamed of your indoor garden.
Although I am a bit old-fashioned and I prefer it cooked, I’ve heard you can put them in those strange shakes because they are that healthy. And who knew that they make even kale crisps? Oh, how the times have changed!
If you are a vegetarian or vegan, or you simply don’t like meat, then mushrooms make a great meat substitute. They are full of fibers and contain a lot of potassium. What I do with them is I roast them, fry them, fill them with ham and cheese and chuck them in the oven or make a soup out of them.
They require 4-5 weeks to grow. Since they prefer moist and dark conditions, I keep mine in the basement. This means you’ll have more room for the plants that require more sunlight! If you ask me, this is a great way to use every angle of your house to grow plants.
Basil makes a great addition to many of my favorite dishes. It smells divine and it has an antiseptic effect. What I like the most about it is that I can combine it with other herbs in a pot since it goes well with many of them. Also, if I don’t use it up when it’s fresh, I like to dry it. This way, I can have a great spice to season a variety of dishes all year round!
Mint plants are known to strive in pots and they are surprisingly easy to maintain. They don’t need a lot of direct sunlight. My trick here is that I mist my mint plant ever so often and this way it always has that wonderful, fragrant smell.
Who wouldn’t want a bit of mint to garnish dishes, add to juices, lemonade and mojitos? Unfortunately, nowadays I only make mojitos for my friends while I enjoy a cup of mint tea.
For those of us who are not lucky enough to live on the Mediterranean Sea and have lemon trees casually around our garden, growing them indoors is a great solution. Packed with vitamin C, these make a must in every kitchen.
From a simple lemonade, a seasoning for your fish dishes to lemon drizzle cake, it goes everywhere. However, if you don’t want to wait a couple of years for the plant to grow, I suggest you buy a dwarf lemon tree at a garden center. This way you’ll wait less long to harvest your delicious fruits.
15. Mandarin tree
Similar to the lemon tree, a mandarin tree will grow more like a shrub than like a tree. Of course, when growing it indoors this is certainly a better option.
Just be careful with this one since you’ll need a really large pot and plenty of direct sunlight. When you provide it with great conditions you may expect the fruits in about 12 months. I know it is a long time to wait, but trust me, it is worth it.
1. Is it hard growing edible plants indoors?
Well, generally, it isn’t hard because there are so many adjustments you can make in order to grow them successfully. However, there are some plants that require more attention than others and need more time to grow. If you choose plants based on your gardening skill level, there shouldn’t be any problems.
2. How to choose the right pot?
Usually, you’ll see on the package of the seeds all of the requirements. However, it might be a bit tricky to decide on the pot size if you’re planting the seedlings or the sprouts. In that case, I would recommend consulting a book or an online guide.
I hope that you’ve found useful my list of edible plants you can grow indoors. Keep in mind that the list doesn’t finish there. I haven’t had the chance to cover all of them, but if you come across an interesting plant to grow indoors, I would gladly do a full guide on that particular plant.
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