Do you get the ‘wintertime blues?’ You know what I mean. That time of the year when your garden begins to wind down, and you head indoors with nothing growing and no fresh food for months on end?
Well, you’re going to love this post then because after reading it, you no longer have to worry about those ‘winter blues.’ In fact, you could potentially ban them from your life forever.
You might be thinking, “How am I going to do that?”
The answer is simple – growing veggies indoors! There are certain vegetables you can grow indoors and have fresh veggies all year long.
Sounds interesting to you? Great. Then read on and learn which vegetables are best for your indoor garden.
24 Veggies to Grow Indoors
Here is a list of veggies to grow indoors.
Carrots are an easy vegetable to grow in a container. You just need to make sure you plant the seeds in a deep enough container for the variety of carrots that you have chosen.
Also, make sure you go back and weed some of the carrots out after they’ve sprouted to give them ample room for growth. Give them artificial light and some gardening TLC and hopefully, you’ll have a beautiful harvest.
Do you grow enough beets during the warmer months and then can them because you just have to have them on hand all year long?
By growing them inside, you don’t have to fret so much over your outdoor beet harvest. Consider adding them to your indoor garden.
Onions are great to use on salads, amazing to cook with, and of course, you can make some delicious blooming onion and dipping sauce.
So with all of these options available, how could you not want to have access to them all year long? Especially homegrown onions that you know exactly what went into them.
Garlic can be used in a lot of ways besides cooking with it, and not to mention all of the health benefits of garlic as well.
So try to use it as much as possible. Obviously, you can purchase garlic from the supermarket, but why would you if you have the opportunity to grow it fresh in your own home?
Fresh herbs are good for you, they make your food taste great, and are super easy to grow indoors and outdoors.
If you would like to have a variety of fresh herbs, then don’t fret because the temps have turned cold. Instead, create an indoor herb garden. You can grow oregano, basil, chives, cilantro, ginger, mint, and rosemary indoors.
If you like bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches, and fresh salads then you might be interested to know that you can grow tomatoes indoors.
However, smaller tomato varieties are usually what do best when being grown indoors. So keep that in mind if you decide to add them to your indoor garden.
Another veggie to grow indoors is lettuce. You can grow different lettuce varieties such as romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, or leaf lettuce indoors to enjoy your salads fresh.
Whichever variety of lettuce you decide to grow, just know that there are multiple ways to grow them indoors. Now you can enjoy fresh salads year-round.
Spinach is a great vegetable to have on hand. It makes delicious dishes, is great to use in smoothies, and wonderful for salads as well.
Broccoli is a good source of fiber and protein, not to mention it handles temperature variations a little better than some other vegetables might.
Plus, it tastes so good with cheese on it. You can also steam, boil, or bake it inside a casserole for your enjoyment. Definitely worth growing your own.
Ever since cutting carbs has become a huge thing in the health industry, cauliflower has made a huge comeback. Were you aware that you can use cauliflower in the place of potatoes?
Well, you can. So if you are interested in cutting back on your carbs, or if you just love the taste of cauliflower, then you’ll be happy to know that cauliflower can be grown indoors.
You may not think of growing potatoes indoors, but you certainly can do it. Basically, you just plant them in a deeper pot with potting soil over the potatoes.
Then you wait patiently as the plants grow under grow lights. Obviously, this is not a vegetable with a quick harvest, but it is still nice to be able to grow potatoes year-round if you desire.
Not only do avocados taste good but they are also good for your heart health as they can help keep the ‘bad cholesterol’ away.
When growing avocados, it’s advisable not to grow them from a pit but rather a purchased avocado seed.
Microgreens are little green plants that are most commonly used in the fine dining arena. They are packed full of vitamins, add great flavor to your food, and are also nice for garnishes.
If that sounds exciting to you, then you should try growing microgreens yourself. Plus, they are easily grown indoors.
Since there poisonous mushrooms, you should avoid picking wild mushrooms or any that you are not sure of and rather buy from the store. Or you can grow your own indoors, plus with a lot of varieties available, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
You don’t even need sunlight. You dampen the soil where the mushrooms are planted and then place them in a dark closet or attic.
Scallions are a great addition to many recipes. You can use them to top off the bowl of a loaded potato soup.
These little gems can be grown indoors. If you love scallions, then you try growing scallions inside and see what you think.
Other veggies to grow indoors are peppers. You probably wouldn’t have guessed that peppers make a good plant for your windowsill, but surprisingly they do.
If you’d like to try to grow bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, or banana peppers indoors, then as long as you have a sunny window you should be good to go.
The eggplant is another vegetable that makes a good plant for a sunny window. Different cultivars of eggplants produce different sizes, shapes, and colors, though typically purple, so your windowsill will be a display of color.
Since they love the sun, you can grow eggplants in containers and place them where they will get at least 6 hours of light and watch them blossom.
Radishes are a great vegetable to grow indoors. They don’t take long from planting to harvest, which is great for people that like to enjoy their harvest quickly.
So if you are looking for something that you can plant and it will provide fresh produce in a short amount of time, then you might really want to give radishes some consideration.
19. Dwarf Beans
What do I mean by dwarf beans? I mean planting a pot or two of bush beans or string beans and growing them indoors.
However, I don’t recommend planting a bean variety such as pole beans. If you go with a smaller variety, they can grow in a pot indoors under grow lights, and you can enjoy fresh green beans year-round.
20. English Peas
English peas are absolutely delicious (but I don’t think kids will agree with this). It does, however, take a lot of them to enjoy a small meal now and then.
So growing them indoors, you’d have to understand you won’t have enough to can or freeze with this method. However, you could still enjoy them as a side dish now and then.
Kale is a wonderful vegetable and when used in smoothies it packs a lot of vitamins. You can also get creative and make kale chips.
Grow kale indoors this winter and give this sturdier green a try in random snacks or even for cooking. Who knows, it might just turn into one of your favorite vegetables, if not already!
22. Swiss Chard
For a variety of colors in your diet, add swiss chard. It is similar to spinach but has a more earthy flavor. Swiss chard also comes in different colors, a guarantee that your harvest will look pretty.
The more colors you eat in your diet, the more vitamins you are usually taking in. This is a great way to get lots of vitamins from one plant. So add it to your indoor garden and start getting those much-needed vitamins.
Arugula has a peppery flavor in my opinion. Some people love it for that reason and others don’t. I happen to be one of those who enjoy it.
If you’d like an easier green to grow in your home, then you consider arugula. It will definitely add some variety to your everyday salad.
If you are looking for something to grow as an addition to your indoor salad bar, then consider sprouts. You can add them to salads and they are yummy.
To grow sprouts, you need to start them by soaking the seeds in water. Then they grow and are harvested when they sprout.
Well, there you have it, folks! You have over 20 veggies to grow indoors all year long. Some do require a grow light to make it work, but those are easy enough to find.