Put your green thumb to work—and save yourself a trip to the farmer’s market—by growing your own veggies, fruits, herbs, and other foods indoors year-round.
To get started, you’ll need a pot with drainage holes and specially designed indoor potting soil. While some options can grow in small planters, larger veggies will require big and deep containers so their roots have space to flourish. And to ensure your soil drains properly (no soggy pots allowed!), it may be helpful to DIY your very own mixture by adding some organic perlite into high-quality potting soil.
Once you’ve got your supplies, find yourself a sunny window (veggies will need at least 4-6 hours of sunshine while fruits will need at least 8-10 hours daily), and get to potting.
When it comes to watering, each plant will be a bit different, but it’s always best to remember the old adage: less is more. And here’s a sage idea: Set up a cool mist humidifier near your indoor garden to help simulate their typical outdoor conditions and to prevent them from drying out.
Grow these sweet onions then add them to dishes like dill scallion dip, scallion baked beans, or scallion breaded chicken cutlets. Scallions are great for gardening beginners because they’re easy to care for and don’t need as much sunlight as some other veggies.
“Radishes are known to do quite well indoors,” Miracle-Gro research specialist Ashleigh Lemon tells CountryLiving.com. This root veggie won’t need a ton of light, but it will need a deep enough container large to house the growing bulbs.