Container gardens are not just for the outdoors. You can grow a variety of vegetable indoors as long as you have adequate sunlight, the right temperature controls and plants that grow well in containers. If you’re wondering which veggies to try, start options that have proven to grow well. Some choices include:
Growing your own radishes for salads is one of the best ways to get started with container gardens. They’re easy to start and maintain, and they grow fast, which will motivate you to keep gardening. If you have children helping you with the garden, they’ll be inspired by your garden because they can harvest radishes in a short amount of time after planting. Scarlet and Cherry Belle are popular choices.
Add lettuce to your indoor container garden and you’re one step closer to making your own all natural salads. Many types of lettuce do well in container gardens, including Ruby, Buttercrunch, Dark Green Boston, Romaine and Bibb. You can plant the seeds directly in the container, avoiding the need to germinate seeds and transplant later.
Plant small-rooted carrots in the same container as your radishes. These take longer to grow and by the time they’re ready to harvest, you would have eaten or frozen the radishes from the same container garden weeks earlier. Carrots like cooler temperatures, so you’ll need to make sure it doesn’t get too warm in the apartment, using an air conditioner or cooling system.
Because there is some controversy as to whether a tomato is a fruit or vegetable, we’re mentioning this as an option in case you side with the position that a tomato is a vegetable. You can grow tomatoes in an indoor container gardens if you have a window facing direct sunlight (facing south). In fact, it might be your only option if you live in somewhere that doesn’t get high temperatures, such as Alaska. Tomatoes need warmth to grow and ripen. Assuming you have a heating system in your home, they’ll need it at night if you live in colder climates. If you live in a hot climate, the sunlight is sufficient for growth, as long as it doesn’t fall below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hot peppers and green peppers can do well in the indoors and in container gardens. You can grow Red Cherry, Hungarian sweet peppers and Jalapeno peppers. Like with any vegetables you grow indoors, make sure you keep your peppers out of reach from pets and young children. Hanging baskets are a viable option for growing peppers if it’s otherwise impossible to isolate the plants.
You won’t be able to live off your container gardens, but you will develop some gardening skills, and produce natural foods that will make life a little better for you as you rent. Down the road when you decide (and are able) to plant in the outdoors, you’ll be better prepared than starting from scratch.