Short on space? Without an outdoor garden or patio? Not to worry. There are plenty of various types of healthy produce that can successfully be grown in your kitchen. With a little research, patience, and sunshine, you can easily grow some of your favorite produce from the comfort of your own kitchen.
When growing indoors, light is key, and most indoor produce does best on a sunny windowsill that gets between 6-8 hours of direct sunlight a day. Without a sunny windowsill? No worries. Most plants will thrive under a grow light, and these are readily available online or at your local garden center.
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is important, and growing them yourself can be a highly rewarding and satisfying experience. Don't let limited space get in the way of your green thumb. Your kitchen is always full of possibilities!
Who says you can't grow fresh lemons in the comfort of your own home? Dwarf lemon trees are regular fruit trees that are grafted onto smaller plant rootstock. This means they provide juicy, full-size lemons that you would get from a normal citrus tree that can be accommodated in a much smaller space. It is generally recommended to buy a dwarf citrus tree from a nursery, as professional nurseries use a grafting process that helps keep potted lemon trees small enough to grow inside.
Citrus trees require between 8 to 12 hours of light daily and ideally should be placed in a south-facing window that provides good air flow. In chilly winter months, you can supplement sun with a grow light indoors. In spring, you can slowly acclimate the tree to spending time outdoors in direct sunlight. Just try to make a slow, smooth transition to avoid shock and scorched leaves
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We are probably all familiar with the way that a ginger root looks, but sprouted ginger is actually an attractive plant that bears a similar resemblance to bamboo. Ginger can easily be planted in a pot in your kitchen. Visit your local nursury, garden center, or health food store and pick up a living ginger root. You'll want to choose a root that has firm, tight skin and several eye-buds on it (much like a potato). Soak the ginger root overnight in warm water to prepare for planting. Place your root with an eyebud facing upward in a wide, shallow container and lightly cover it with soil. Place the pot in a spot that doesn't get a lot of bright light, keep it moist, and you should see shoots coming up in about 2-3 weeks.
3. Lettuce greens
Lettuce is an excellent choice for a sunny windowsill, as the healthy greens are surprisingly easy to grow and don't take up much space. You'll want to look for lettuce mixes that are sold as leaf-lettuce or cutting-lettuce varieties. These types of lettuce allow you to harvest the leaves and the plant will continue to grow back. This gives you more lettuce for half the work.
You'll want to start seeds in a pot with drainage holes, filling with moist soil and sprinkling up to 15 seeds on the surface. Cover them with about 1/8 inch of soil and mist them until the surface is damp. Place lettuce seeds in a sunny window or under a grow light. You should soon have your own healthy greens growing in the convenience of your own kitchen,
Carrots grown indoors might not get as big as they would in an outdoor garden, but when planted in a deep enough pot you can enjoy fresh carrots year-round. Shorter carrot varieties will need a pot at least eight inches deep, while longer varieties will require 12 inches to reach their full size and potential.
Plant seeds about 1/4 inch deep in a moistened potting mix and place them in a sunny windowsill, keeping them moist but not wet. You can plant a new batch of carrots about every two weeks to keep them coming all year long.
Arugula is the perfect vegetable to grow indoors, preferring cooler temperatures and germinating quickly. Each arugula plant can give you multiple harvests if you cut the larger leaves and leave the small ones at the center.
Planting arugula is similar to planting lettuce. Sprinkle arugula seeds in a container, water, and place them in a sunny windowsill. Voila! A spicy and delicious companion to multiple dishes and flavors.
Kale is a great vegetable to grow indoors, as you can harvest the bigger leaves and leave the small ones for a later harvest (just like arugula). Kale is a superfood that has taken over the health food scene, so keeping a little on hand in your kitchen will give you a boost of powerful and organic nutrition. Plant a few seeds in a medium-sized pot and cover with about 1/2 inch of moist soil. Kale can get surprisingly big, so you'll want to thin to one plant per pot if possible.
Tomatoes do well indoors in containers and can last for an impressively long time if well cared for. Tomatoes love sunlight, so you'll want to make sure your plant gets a spot on the window sill with a good amount of direct sunlight. Tomatoes are best suited in a seed flat (to give them sturdy roots) and then transplanted to a large pot when they grow to be a few inches tall. You'll then want to trellis your tomato plant with a stake to help offer further support. Fertilizing every two weeks is also recommended.
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