Winter is here and the temperatures are getting low,but this shouldn’t stop you from growing your own vegetables. You can continue your food generating enterprise by shifting the venue indoors. Most homes are heated to a comfortably warm temperature range of 65 to 75F during winter. This is ideal for growing many vegetables.
Here’s a list of 18 delicious edibles you can grow all winter indoors!
Tomatoes need sun, so make sure you provide them with the sunniest location. Sow seeds in a deep seed tray and transplant each seedling in a large pot when there are 4-5 true leaves developed. Pinch the tips of the small branches to induce flowering and provide additional lighting. Cherry tomatoes are great tomatoes for growing indoors.
Bell peppers need rich and well draining potting mix, as well as sufficient light to produce a good yield. Pinch the growing tips to encourage bushy growth which will be translated into a good fruit set later on.
In order to grow potatoes, you need large plastic bags for growing potatoes indoors. Fill them with good quality potting mix and plant the potatoes. Potato plants need 5-6 hours of sunlight to give you a satisfactory yield.
Beans as well, need good lighting. Bush beans are the best variety for indoor cultivation. Harvesting is also much easier.
You might need several plants to get enough produce for a dish. Choose high yielding varieties to improve your chances of getting a substantial crop.
Carrots need loose, well-draining soil to be grown inside. The feathery, fern-like carrot greens make good interior decoration as well. If you can provide about 4 to 5 hours of bright sunlight you can get good carrots.
Choose round varieties for the indoors and plant the seeds well apart to allow room for the roots to develop. Keep them in a cool spot to get sweeter carrots.
Radishes are one of the most rewarding veggies to grow indoors during winter. The slightly spicy flavor of radishes is ideal for winter dishes.
Sow the radish seeds in straight rows in 5” deep trays of rich, well-draining soil and compost mixture and cover them with a paper until they sprout. Move them to a sunny spot and thin the seedlings when 2-3 true leaves appear. You can use them in salads or soups.
Spinach prefers partial shade and gives a continuous supply of leaves, when grown outdoors. The same can be replicated indoors by growing it near a window where it will get 3-4 hours of sunlight. Keep harvesting the outer leaves to encourage the plant to produce new leaves.
You can grow different varieties of lettuce indoors. They require 3-4 hours of dappled sunshine through a sunny window. The loose leaf varieties are ideal for indoors.
Kale is cold hardy to a great extent, but, be careful as hard frosts can kill it. Each plant needs a large pot and plenty of room to grow and spread. If you can get 3-4 hours of bright light it would be ideal.
These colorful plants would be a cheerful addition to your home’s ambiance, but they need 4-5 hours of sun to produce long stalks in rainbow colors. Use the older ones in stir fries, and the tender ones in salads.
This salad green can give a continuous supply of leaves. The more you cut, the more it grows. Arugula is a cool season plant and its flowers borne on long stalks indicate the approach of warm weather. To avoid early bolting and extend the harvest, you need to find a cool, yet sunny spot for this plant.
This vegetable is available in shops as small bunches of greens carrying immature bulbs, but when you grow them at home, you can just snip off the greens.We advise you to grow scallions in containers which can be kept outside until mid-fall and then shifted inside as the temperature falls.
You can grow scallions from seeds or sets available in season, but if you can’t find either, the small bulbs of the scallions bought from the shop can go into the soil to make new plants. You will need deep and wide pots for growing scallions.
Chives are cold hardy plants and you can have them in your kitchen during the colder part of the year.
If you already have chives in your garden, plant just a few divisions of chives in a pot of well draining soil and bring them indoors. You will have an increasing supply as you snip off leaves for your cooking.
This perennial herb can be quite invasive in the garden, so they are better off restricted to containers. You can give one or two oregano pots a permanent place on your kitchen window sill where they can enjoy a bit of morning sun.
Oregano can be grown from seeds, but it is better to get a nursery grown plant. You can start more plants from this stock. Pinch the plants often to keep them bushy.
This herb is ideal for growing indoors. You can start it from seeds as well as from sprigs of mint you buy from the shop for culinary use. Mint prefers rich, moist soil. The leaves are medicinal and you can use them to make healthy tea to relieve upset stomach. Of course, mint is used to garnish almost any dish.
Sprouts are highly nutritious edibles. To make them, soak them in water and keep them in a warm, dark and humid environment for 3-4 days, rinsing them in plain water several times during this period to avoid fungal and bacterial diseases. Once they germinate eat them whole.
You can make your sprouts from many types of pulses such as lentils, green gram, and garbanzo beans. Oil seeds like sunflower, mustard and flax seeds can be sprouted.
To make these edibles, sow seeds of salad greens and a few other veggies and allow them to grow for 2-3 weeks or until they develop at least a set of true leaves. You will fine that they are really flavorful and rich in nutrients.
Mushrooms can be grown indoors not only in winter. Growing button mushrooms or oyster mushrooms is really easy. All you need to do is water the medium as instructed and keep it in a cool, dark place to develop.