There is no question that organic or locally grown produce has a number of significant benefits over varieties which have been genetically modified, or laden with pesticides. Unfortunately the healthier version of fruits, vegetables, and herbs come with a heftier price tag, and may be hard to find at your local grocer. The solution? Start your own indoor garden, and have your favourites at your fingertips year round.
Depending on your location, how much space you have, and how much time you're willing to devote to your indoor plants, you may opt to start a windowsill herb garden or fully immerse yourself by growing a selection of fresh vegetables. If you're wondering what vegetables can be grown indoors or you're looking for an indoor herb garden idea, look no further; here is a list of indoor plants that not only look great, but taste great too.
Imagine plucking a fresh lemon from your own indoor tree to squeeze over a salad or fish, slice into wedges for a drink garnish, or for use in a variety of recipes. A lemon tree is a fragrant, colourful addition to any home, and if you choose a two or three year old dwarf lemon tree from your local nursery you can begin harvesting the fruit much sooner.
Many varieties of seeds are available which are suitable for growth indoors. You'll need at least a 12-inch pot, soil, and a sunny location with at least four to five hours of bright sunlight for best results. Choose a cool location to yield sweeter carrots, and thin out the seedlings to give the plants room to grow.
Tomatoes prefer a bright, sunny location, and a minimum six-inch pot with a stake. Allow them to ripen on the vine for maximum flavour, and grow several plants if you have room to keep a steady supply of tomatoes on hand.
Start your mint from seed or sprigs and plant in rich soil, with adequate drainage. Mint prefers a shady location and as with many indoor herbs low light or indirect light is best. The leaves can be used to make tea, as a digestive aid, or used as garnish for a variety of dishes.
Ginger is fun and easy to grow, and may help to help curb nausea, motion sickness, or calm inflammation. Start with fresh ginger purchased at your local store, and cover it with soil with the buds facing upwards. Place in an area that receives indirect sunlight and keep the soil consistently moist. When you need ginger, pull the plant up from the soil, take what you need, and replant.
While they closely resemble scallions, garlic greens have a mild garlic flavour that is delicious with baked or mashed potatoes, or in a salad or other vegetable dish. They are easy to grow in a pot placed in a sunny window, take about ten weeks to grow from seed, and once established will continue to produce greens indefinitely.
Enjoy fresh lettuce year round, by planting a variety of salad greens such as romaine, arugula, or red leaf lettuce from seeds or starter plants. Choose a long planter box with sufficient drainage, and place in an area where it will receive three or four hours of sunlight each day. Harvest the outer leaves only, making sure not to disturb the roots.