Are you feeling a little restless, perhaps you’ve cleaned and decluttered every surface in your home, done all the outstanding DYI jobs and would like to reduce trips to the supermarket by growing a few edible things indoors. If you’ve not done so already, now’s a great time to start an indoor garden, it’s a calming and rewarding hobby that will help you to reduce plastic packaging whilst growing organic food for a healthy immune system economically. You can grow herbs and vegetables all year round and won’t need to step out in the cold during the winter months to pick your produce.
Having greenery indoors can calm the soul, help build a sustainable lifestyle, clean the air and lift your mood. It’s also a great project to get the kids involved in, giving you an opportunity for valuable family time while teaching the little ones about the value of food and where it comes from. To get you started, we have put a quick start guide together with a list of basic tools, books and ideas to start your indoor garden.
1. Quick and Easy Indoor Hydroponic Herbs
One of the easiest ways to start in an indoor herb garden is with a complete hydroponic kit. It is basically a no-fuss option that provides you with everything you need including seeds, grow lights and handy reminders of what to do when. Aerogarden is one of the most popular complete systems and makes several beautifully designed, modern options that will fit into any home. You should have strong growth in just a few weeks as the yields for hydroponic gardens tend to be higher than traditional soil gardens.
2. Indoor Herb Garden Grow Kits
If you prefer a more traditional way of growing, there are many grow kits to set you up for success. These grow kits are better than the supermarket ready-grown herbs that you can often buy. Note that the supermarket variety is not made to last more than a few weeks.
3. Edible Plants that Grow Well Indoors
Not all plants can be grown indoors, but there are a few that can flourish on a windowsill, a larger pot or on a decorative display stand. Some of the great edible plants you can grow indoors are:
- Herbs as mentioned above including basil, mint, chervil, chives, rosemary, oregano, parsley, sage, thyme, coriander and dill
- Microgreens such as pea shoots, wheatgrass, mustards, broccoli, kale, chard, amaranth, beets, fennel, and sugar snap peas
- Fruits such as lemons, tomatoes especially cherry varieties, Negro Largo figs and apricots. When it comes to fruit, self-pollinating varieties as listed are a bit easier if you’re new to growing fruit
- If you’re a bit more adventurous you can grow certain vegetables such as carrot. rocket/arugula, swiss chard, kale. peas, radishes, peppers, scallions, broccoli and cauliflower
4. Mix it up with a Decorative Indoor Garden Display
Plants can make a wonderful decorative feature, bringing peace and tranquillity into any room. You can easily mix herbs, microgreens and vegetables with decorative plants to create a quiet space for relaxation and reflection. Or use plants to add calm to a busy living room space.
This six-tier decorative display is made of solid fir wood, which is eco-friendly, sustainable and will bring joy for many years to come.
Remember to place the unit it in an area with natural light to give your plants the best chance to grow and prosper. For darker areas, perhaps consider adding grow lights under each tear to help your greenery with photosynthesis.
5. The Right Tools for your Indoor Gardening Jobs
To do the job well, you always need the right tools to get started. Add this beautiful watering can and plant mister to your indoor gardening kit. They are both stylish and functional so no need to stash them away in a cupboard after every use.
Don’t forget to grab a small gardening tool kit for re-potting and loosening soil if you don’t have one already. A good set can last a lifetime if you look after it and can be used both in-and-outdoors. Make sure it’s a good quality stainless steel set that won’t rust or damage over time.
6. Organic Fertiliser for Indoor Food Crops
Keep your vegetables, herbs and microgreens healthy with a good organic fertiliser. This Maxicrop version is a great general-purpose option for all kinds of plants. Should you wish to grow lemon trees and other citrus fruits you can technically use the seaweed fertiliser but we’d recommend a specialist citrus fertiliser for best results.
7. Indoor Gardening Books for Beginners
If you’d like to learn more about starting your own indoor vegetable, herb or fruit garden there are a few excellent books on the topic that can get you started.