I don’t know about you, but I simply adore the taste of fresh, organic vegetables. Even more, if those organic vegetables are grown by you, in your own home.
There is something special about it that takes me back to my childhood when my grandma would roast some vegetables for a Sunday roast. I feel like nowadays everything tastes like plastic, and since I got bored of always running to the organic food shop and spending hundreds of pounds on organic veggies, I decided to try my luck in growing them at home.
Now, if you are completely new to growing organic vegetables indoors, do not fear. I already shared my best tips for you, which you can find here. But first of all, I would like to clarify what organic means, for those who have heard the word but didn’t fully understand it.
What Does Organic Mean?
Organic food, in this case, veggies, is food that is free from pesticides, grown with natural fertilizers and the weeds are controlled naturally. This means that you’ll have to dedicate a bit more time to grow your veggies since you’ll have to weed them manually. But that won’t be a problem for us since we are growing the plants indoors.
So if you are also looking into starting a little garden inside your house, keep on reading because I’ll share my top list of organic vegetables that I like to grow indoors.
The List Of Organic Vegetables To Grow Indoors
1. Cherry Tomatoes
Nothing beats the flavor of fresh, juicy tomatoes, whether you want to use them in a salad or to make a pasta sauce from scratch. Growing cherry tomatoes is an easy process. The only difference is that you’ll have to use everything organic. From soil to seeds and fertilizers.
The great thing about it is that I’ve saved up the seeds from organic tomatoes I’ve bought at my local farmer’s market and I’ve planted those, since everything that is labeled as organic costs you more.
Don’t expect that you’ll grow massive carrots since the organic ones are never big. Nevertheless, they will have a much fuller taste. Just find a pot that is deep enough and fill it with organic soil, put the seeds in, and you can enjoy the taste of fresh carrots all year round because your little harvest won’t depend on weather conditions.
If you fancy adding a bit of spinach into your salad or making pasta with it, it’ll come in handy growing it indoors. I personally love it and use it often in my dishes and, therefore, I always make sure that I have at least two or three pots planted. The spinach doesn’t require too much sunlight so I keep my pots on the windowsill. My family always jokes that every windowsill in our house has a couple of pots on them. Well, what can I say, gardening is my life!
4. Lettuce Greens
I personally enjoy growing my salads at home. I can remember the times my grandma had to soak the salads in water so many times so that the dirt could come out since she had them growing in her garden. This is why I hate buying prepacked salads, which taste like plastic and are probably full of harmful pesticides.
I tend to buy the lettuce mixes marked as cutting lettuces since you can chop off the leaves on them and leave the roots and the leaves will grow again. I find it handy because I don’t have to plant them each time I want to enjoy some fresh salad.
This is the one that my friends and family like the most. It is a great veggie since it germinates quickly and grows fast. I simply chop off the bigger leaves and leave the smaller ones to grow to their full size.
I bet you always buy the prepacked, prewashed ones in the supermarket. But why wouldn’t you start your organic indoor garden with arugula? Just imagine how good it would be on fresh pizza!
Now, this one is a hot topic these days. I’ve seen the youngsters use it in their juices or in their salads, but the price of the organic kale is just over the roof!
I prefer planting it at home because I know for sure that it is 100% organic and it won’t break the bank. It is also extremely easy to grow. You just need to put a couple of seeds in a medium-sized pot filled with organic soil. Just make sure that you don’t exaggerate with the seeds since the kale leaves can get big. Once they grow to their full size, cut them off and leave the smaller leaves to grow.
This is one of the easiest veggies to grow indoors because it doesn’t require too much care. I’ve been growing organic garlic for years so I always have spare cloves to plant. But if you don’t have them, just buy them in an organic shop.
Separate the garlic bulbs into the cloves, put the cloves into the soil the pointy side up and make sure to leave enough space between the cloves. Also, garlic doesn’t like overwatering, so make sure you keep an eye on the soil so it’s never too wet.
If you are not familiar with scallions, they are similar in taste to onions but they require less room for growth, which is ideal if you are already lacking space. You can buy them and plant them by putting them in the soil and covering them with it up to the top of the white bulb.
But remember that you can do this only if they still have their roots attached. Otherwise, you can plant them from the seeds.
Top tip – chop some scallions and add them in Greek yogurt. I often make this to go with many types of meats and my family adores it!
These are, by far, my favorite organic veggie to grow indoors. To start off, you’ll need “seed” potatoes, which weren’t sprayed to stop them from sprouting. You can also buy some organic potatoes, which also weren’t sprayed and put them in a dark spot to start sprouting.
Once you see the sprouts, put the potatoes in a large container that has soil in it and cover them with a bit of soil. A couple of centimeters will be enough. There is just one problem with them – I simply cannot resist taking them out when they are only new potatoes! There is no vegetable that makes me happier than roasted, new potatoes.
The list obviously doesn’t finish here, I just wanted to share with you my favorite veggies to grow the organic way. It all depends on whether you have green fingers and how much space and time you have. Nothing from my list requires too much space so you can start growing and eating healthier food for much less money.
1. What’s the difference between organic and the regular?
I’m afraid to say it, but you can’t be lazy if you want to grow veggies organically. You’ll need organic soil and fertilizer, but when it comes to weed, you’ll have to take it out yourself. Also, when it comes to insects that are known to attack plants, especially potatoes, you cannot use insecticides to get rid of them.
2. How do I decide with what to start?
I know that starting something new might be frightening, but growing your food organically is really not that difficult. My advice is, start with vegetables that don’t require constant care and watering to ease yourself into this. And when you master them, you can start growing veggies that need more attention. You can even grow some that aren’t on my list and share your tips with me!
3. How to choose the best organic soil and fertilizer?
My advice here is to go to your local market and speak directly to the vendors. Some of them probably grow their products by themselves, so they’ll probably have some great advice for you. I tend to use Burpee’s Organic potting mix that I’ve been mentioning quite often recently, and which works great for both flowers, veggies, and fruits. This is my all time favorite since it controls moisture well. As for fertilizer, you can easily find them on the market. Or, if you fancy, you can even make them on your own!
I hope that this list helped you get some idea about growing vegetables organically. At first, you may find it frustrating that you have to be careful about what you buy. But once you have some of the seeds or sprouts which were left from the veggies that you’ve grown or when you find the right methods, it will all become easier.
Have you tried growing organic vegetables indoors? Do you have any useful tips and tricks for me? If you have grown some veggies that you don’t see on my list, feel free to comment and share your experience and advice with me! Also, if there is something you’re particularly interested in, don’t hesitate to comment and ask me!