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Growing an Indoor Garden

Don’t let winter hold you back from growing fresh vegetables and herbs. Growing can help elevate your cooking and add some charm to your kitchen decor. Growing vegetables indoors can be a rewarding and practical way to ensure a fresh supply of produce throughout the year.

Here are some tips and suggestions for the best veggies to grow indoors:

Smaller Plant Varieties

  • Fast-growing leafy greens like arugula, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, bibb lettuce, and microgreens are ideal for indoor gardens.
  • These vegetables don't require much space and can be continually harvested, making them suitable for compact indoor environments.


Microgreens

  • Microgreens, such as mustard, kale, beets, peas, chives, and broccoli, are baby versions of plants that are packed with nutrients.
  • They can be grown in small, shallow pots and are ready to harvest in about a week or two.
  • Microgreens are perfect for adding bursts of flavor to salads, omelets, and stir-fry dishes.


Herbs

  • Many herbs can be grown indoors year-round due to their ability to thrive in small spaces.
  • Perennial herbs like rosemary, thyme, mint, and oregano can tolerate some cold, while annual herbs like sage, basil, lemongrass, and dill require more warmth.
  • Fragrant herbs like peppermint, lavender, rosemary, or lemon balm can also add aromatherapy to your space.

Root Veggies

  • Carrots, beets, onions, garlic, and radishes can be grown indoors, focusing on smaller varieties.
  • Plant them in large, deep pots to allow for both upward and downward growth.
  • Consider the green tops (scapes) of these veggies, as they are tasty in various dishes.


Lighting

  • Most herbs and veggies need at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. If natural light is insufficient, consider a south-facing window or supplemental grow lights.
  • Using a timer for grow lights can ensure that your plants receive adequate light.

Soil

  • Use our Sprout Island Blend, specifically designed for seed starting if growing from seeds.
  • If transplanting purchased vegetable plants, either our Bar Harbor Blend Potting Soil or Vegetables and Tomatoes Soil would be great!


  • Hydration

    • Be mindful of the water needs of indoor plants, considering factors like light, temperature, and humidity.
    • Self-watering planters or hydroponic growing kits can be useful for maintaining proper hydration. Although growing vegetables indoors is not as simple as your outdoor gardens, the reward is well worth the effort if you're up for the challenge!

    Happy Growing!

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