Nowadays, it seems as though more and more people are choosing to stay close to home and shop locally – but what if we took that one step further? Although many people believe that the only way to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables is to head to the supermarket or the nearest farm shop, that just isn’t the case. It’s super easy to grow your own produce at home, and you don’t even need your own garden! All you need is a little space somewhere inside your home, some tender, loving care, and a little patience to watch your gorgeous fruit and vegetable babies grow. Of course, it’s not possible to grow every single fruit or vegetable imaginable in your living room, but these are the fruits and veggies you CAN grow indoors. You can thank us later.
Although there’s no doubt about the fact that they cause a serious mess – and some serious stains if you drop them down your shirt – beetroot is a delicious vegetable that you should definitely add to your repertoire. After all, it’s pretty fancy, right?
While they may look a little too fancy for your liking, they are actually super easy to grow at home, which means that you could be making your own beetroot cake in no time. To do this, simply soak beet seeds overnight, before planting them into a container that’s around 2-3 inches deep. Before you know it, you’ll have more beetroot than you’ll know what to do with.
Is there anything better than biting into a juicy peach? We think not. While it can be easy to head to the supermarket and stock up on a punnet of peaches, things seem to taste so much better when you make them yourself – so it might be time to grow some peaches indoors. Before the peach stems bear fruit, they will be able to withstand cooler temperatures, but they will require a huge amount of sunlight.
Yet, when the peaches start to appear, you might want to move them. That’s because the fruit will grow and ripen quicker and more efficiently when they are living in conditions of around 18 to 21-degrees-celsius. Apart from that, all you need is some tender, loving care and some green fingers.
Let’s be honest; there are two kinds of people in this world. There are those who love spinach, and then there are those who just hate that metallic, irony taste. Of course, there’s no denying the fact that spinach is incredibly good for you, which is why you might want to grow just a little bit of this stuff within your own indoor vegetable patch.
What’s so cool about spinach is the fact that it’s not too fussy when it comes to its growing environment. That’s because this vegetable can grow in temperatures ranging from -6 to 32-degrees-celsius – which is a pretty big range if you ask us. All it needs is some good soil, room to grow, and water.
We think that it’s time we gave potatoes a round of applause, because these guys just don’t get enough credit. After all, potatoes can be used in so many different ways, whether you like them mashed, boiled, roasted, or made into fries. The limits are endless, so why not grow endless amounts of potatoes in your own home?
The best thing about growing potatoes from scratch is that you don’t need any seeds or any extra ingredients. When you see one of your store-bought potatoes getting a little old and sprouting its little tentacle roots, all you have to do is pop that in water for a few days before planting it into some soil. It really is as simple as that.
We don’t blame you if you’re drawing a blank when you look at this picture and read the title. What the heck are microgreens, right? Well, they kinda have something to do with being green and really, really tiny, as microgreens are actually sprouting baby greens that are chock-full of goodness.
They first became popular during the 1980s, and they have since continued to reign supreme in restaurants and homes across the globe. They not only add nutrients, but they also add flavour – and you can add them into your home garden. Microgreens can be grown from seeds or old cuttings, but it’s important to ensure that they get around 12-16 hours of sunlight a day. If they do, they should be good to go in around a week!
Has there ever been a fruit as delicious as a strawberry? Okay, we understand that question may be a little biased, but there’s no doubt about the fact that strawberries are incredibly popular, and that’s because they are not only delicious but because they are also incredibly versatile. Most people assume that they can’t grow this fruit inside their house, but what if we were to tell you that you could?
Although they won’t grow throughout the whole year, they do have their moments where they want to grow and yield the ripest fruit. They grow better when they have their own planters, and when they have enough drainage and enough light. They like warm conditions, these guys.
Cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetables out there, and if you haven’t jumped aboard the cauliflower train, then you should definitely buy your ticket. After all, you can eat it in its natural form, you can make cauliflower rice, you can make a cauliflower pizza base, and you can even make buffalo cauliflower wings!
So, why wouldn’t you want to grow this vegetable at home? While it’s not impossible to grow cauliflower indoors, it does take a lot of patience and specific growing requirements. They need to be planted in pots, and they prefer a warmer climate, needing around 15-degrees-celsius to grow as efficiently as possible.
Whether you love them or hate them, it’s fair to say that salads are pretty good for you – so you might want to add a few of them into your diet each week. In fact, we have a feeling that you’ll enjoy your salad even more if you know that you grew the lettuce with your bare hands and inside your very own house.
Lettuce is one of the easiest vegetables that you can grow indoors, and all you need to do is invest in some lettuce seeds and a few potting trays. While it will take you around a month to see a full, blooming head of lettuce coming out of the tray, it will definitely be worth it. Trust us on that one.
Do you like the green ones? The yellow ones? The red? Or what about the orange? Bell peppers are arguably one of the most colourful vegetables out there, and they’re also pretty tasty. You can cut them up into your pasta sauces, or you could stuff them with all kinds of goodness. The world is your bell pepper.
Did you know that you can actually grow these bad boys in the comfort of your own home? While the end result is pretty amazing, bell peppers do require a lot of attention and very specific growing conditions. If you really want to yield the best peppers possible, you’ll need an environment that’s around 21-degrees-celsius. So, you might want to invest in a heat lamp.
We’re just gonna go ahead and assume that everyone loves broccoli. It’s healthy, it’s hearty, and it’s delicious every time you cook it. While our personal favourite of cauliflower and broccoli cheese may not be the healthiest way of eating this green vegetable, that doesn’t mean that it’s totally unhealthy, right?
If you’re also a lover of broccoli and want to start growing your own, then you’ve come to the right place. To grow broccoli yourself, you’ll need large containers and an area that gets around 6 hours of sunlight every single day – because these guys are definite sun worshippers. You don’t need to worry too much about the temperature, because as long as it has space to grow and some sun, it should work its own magic.
Lemons are pretty awesome, right? You can use the juice to flavour so many different recipes and foods, you can use the lemon to make your drink fancy, and you can even use lemons as decoration or as a cleaning tool. Because of this, you might want to ensure that you have enough lemons on-hand if you should need them. So, why not grow them at home?
It’s easy to assume that you can only grow a lemon tree outside, but that isn’t the case at all. You can buy dwarf lemon trees, and these are just as awesome as your regular ol’ houseplant. You can either buy a tree yourself, or you can plant a seed and grow it from scratch. It will take a while that way, but it’s definitely more rewarding.
Hands up if you put onions in basically every meal you ever make? Well, you’re not alone. Onions are always great to have in your pantry, but it seems as though you might not have to head to the store to top-up your stock when you’re running low.
That’s because you can actually grow your own onions at home, and what’s even cooler than that is the fact that you can grow them from the scraps of an onion you have already used. All you have to do is use the bottom section of the onion – the part that you normally throw away because it has roots coming out of it – and plant it into some soil. If you keep it well hydrated, you should have new onions sprouting in no time.
Let’s be honest; mushrooms have divided opinions for centuries. While there are many people in this world who love eating mushrooms of all shapes and sizes, there are others who just can’t get on board with these slippery and slimy veggies. If you’re part of the former group, however, you’ll be happy to know that you can actually grow your own mushrooms at home, and you don’t even need a garden to make the magic happen.
In fact, there are many companies out there who offer you the chance to grow mushrooms from a cardboard box, or you could start from scratch with your own soil and your own pots. Sunlight isn’t really needed, as mushrooms prefer to live in damp, cool, and dark homes.
Most people are used to eating dried apricots, but maybe this should be the time to try a fresh apricot for a change – and you can do that from the comfort of your own home. Sure, you could head to Tesco and buy some apricots in just a few minutes, but wouldn’t it be so much cooler to be able to grow your own apricots and tell your friends that you made them? We think so.
To do this, you’ll need a deep pot and a sunny area where they can grow. If you have a conservatory, that’s the ideal place for your apricots. These fruits are a little more difficult, though, as you’ll need to pollinate the plants yourself in order for them to bear fruit. To do this, simply brush over the flower with a paintbrush and then transfer it to another flower.
While the jury is still out on whether eating too many carrots will turn you orange, that shouldn’t stop you from eating as many as you want. They’re full of goodness, they’re versatile, and they’re delicious to eat – especially when you dunk one (or ten) into a pot of hummus. Most people assume that they can only grow carrots outdoors, but what if we told you that this wasn’t the case?
Anyone can grow carrots indoors if they have the time, the patience, and the space, and some even suggest that they’re easier to grow indoors! That’s because carrots love water, and it’s much easier to ensure that your carrot tops are getting as much water as they possibly need when they’re in your home.
Okay, we’re just going to admit it. There are many people out there who don’t like radishes, and we’re some of those people. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t people out there who do love this vegetable, which is why those people should definitely start growing their own radishes indoors. It’s pretty easy to do so, after all.
Next time you buy a bunch of radishes from the store, cut off the end and use the rooted scrap to your advantage. Simply plant it into the ground and ensure that you’re providing it with enough water – but not too much water that it becomes waterlogged. Within just a few weeks, you should be able to harvest your own.
There’s a high chance that you’ve heard health experts and celebrities alike spout out the many benefits of kale, and while most of us want to brush off what they’re telling us, they do have a point. Yes, all hail the mighty kale, because this stuff is really good. Kale is full of vitamins and nutrients, and the fact that it doesn’t really taste like much is a serious advantage if you’re not a fan of the green stuff.
If you want to force yourself to eat more kale, it might be an idea to start growing it yourself – and you can do this from the comfort of your own home. It’s better to grow kale indoors if you have LED lights, as this helps the vegetable to grow much quicker than if it were outside.
While we’re sure you’re arguing with your significant other about whether ginger is a fruit or vegetable right now, let’s just let it slide that we’ve allowed a flowering plant which doubles up as a spice onto this list, alright? Ginger is a hugely popular ingredient within many people’s households, and while it’s often easy to buy powdered ginger that’s ready to go, where’s the fun in that?
If you have ever thought about growing your own ginger, now could be the time to do so. One of the best ways to achieve the best ginger yield is to use a living ginger root and soak it in water overnight. The next day, plant it into well-draining soil and let the magic happen.
Whether you like eating them on their own or whether you just love to eat figgy pudding, you’ll be happy to know that this fruit can be grown indoors. Figs are full of nutrients and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes, so why wouldn’t you want this fruit on tap? We certainly would.
Although they don’t do well in direct sunlight, these plants do require a fair amount of sunshine to help them grow and bear delicious fruit, and they like to be in large pots to allow their roots to roam freely. While the ambient temperature can affect the overall size of the plant and the fruit, they normally survive pretty well in temperatures ranging from 13 to 18-degrees-celsius.
Do you call this vegetable rocket or arugula? Well, whichever name you go with, this peppery vegetable is great if you’re bored of the same old salad. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s also a great addition to your pizza! What’s even cooler about this vegetable is the fact that it’s often been considered one of the easiest to grow indoors, which is great if you’re a novice.
That’s because it just grows on its own, using its own devices, which means that you don’t have to intervene too much. However, you do have to ensure that rocket is growing by north-facing windows and somewhere where it doesn’t get too hold, as rocket prefers to grow in cooler temperatures.
Courgettes have really come into their own over the past decade or so, and it seems as though people are really enjoying the extra courgettes in their lives. Who wouldn’t, right? You can transform this vegetable into fries, zoodles, or you could just keep it simple by adding this veggie into your homemade ratatouille.
If you want to grow these in your own home, then why not give it a try? If you do, you’ll soon realise that they are some of the most beautiful vegetables that this world has to offer, as the plant actually blooms an orange flower in the process. All you need is a deep pot and some enriched soil to ensure that they grow as well as possible.
Are you a garden pea or a petit pois kinda person? Well, you might have to explore the other pea varieties if you want to grow peas indoors. That’s because it’s often noted that varieties such as snap peas and dwarf peas are much easier to grow indoors than any others.
If you’re happy with this change of pace, then it might be time to invest in an indoor window box that comes complete with a trellis, as peas like to grow upward. If you provide the peas with space to grow, water, sunlight, and nutrient-rich soil, you should be able to grow your peas in no time. In essence, that also means that you could be eating your fish, chips, and mushy peas dinner in no time. Everyone’s a winner.
Whether you call them spring onions or scallions, there’s no doubt about the fact that these things are absolutely delicious. They’re strong, they’re tasty, and they even make your tongue tingle a little bit – and that’s one of the main reasons why we love to use them in our recipes so much. Do you want to grow your own spring onions at home?
Thankfully, you won’t need to worry too much about your vegetable babies. To grow spring onions indoors, you’ll need the rooted scraps from a bunch that you’ve already eaten. These roots are essential for new life, as you simply have to pop this stem into a glass of water and allow them to regrow themselves. It’s always good when the plants do the hard work, right?
If you have ever bought Brussels sprouts on the vine, you’ll know that the stalks can grow to be pretty tall – so you’ll definitely need a huge amount of space if you want to grow these indoors. To do this, you’ll need deep pots that are full of nutrient-rich soil, and you’ll need to find somewhere in your house that isn’t too cold but isn’t too warm at the same time.
However, they will need around 6 hours of sunlight a day, so it’s best to sit them down by a window and allow the magic to happen on its own. One stalk should grow in each pot, and when they’re fully grown, you should see the sprouts, well, sprouting. That’s if you’re a Brussels sprout fan, anyway. There are some people out there who just can’t stand them.
Are you a green grape person? A red grape person? Or do you like a mixture of both? Well, you can choose whichever grapes you want to grow when it comes to growing this fruit at home. You can also grow them indoors, which makes things even easier. While most people assume that you need a big, sprawling vineyard outside in the open air, that just isn’t the case.
However, it is a little more difficult to grow grapes indoors, as you do need a huge amount of space, and you also need an area for the vines to trail. Because of this, the inside roof of a conservatory is the best spot if you have one. It’s also important that they get some air to them as well, as confined grapes can become riddled with mildew.
Although it’s easy to assume that tomatoes are a vegetable, we’re here to blow your mind. That’s because tomatoes are actually classed as a fruit! Of course, you wouldn’t really add a tomato to your fruit smoothie – unless you’re making a Bloody Mary smoothie – so most people just go along with the idea that they are part of the vegetable family.
Alongside this common assumption, many people also believe that tomatoes grow best when they are outside on vines, but that’s also not the case. It’s super easy to grow tomatoes indoors, and they can often flourish in this warm and dry environment. However, it’s important to ensure that they don’t experience temperatures lower than 18-degrees-celsius to enable optimum growth.
Who said that fruits and vegetables need to be grown outside? These fruits and veggies can be grown indoors, so what are you waiting for? It’s time to get planting.