Summer is winding down and fall is approaching. The gardening season is coming to a painful close for many avid outdoor gardeners. But indoor gardening is still viable year round or during the warm months for those who have little or no outdoor space to spread out and till h soil. Here are some indoor gardening ideas for all fresh grown food lovers.
There are lots of tomato varieties that can be grown indoors. Some even thrive in hanging baskets. Varieties to plant in your indoor garden are, ‘Hundreds and Thousands,’ ‘Tumbler,’ ‘Maskotka,’ and ‘Garden Pearl.’ All of these varieties do very well in hanging baskets and can easily be hung in front of a window.
Some radishes need outdoor soil depth to mature but round radishes do not, You can grow a few at a time in a clean, milk carton sized container on a windowsill or patio. Stagger plantings by about 2-3 weeks to keep a ready supply. Varieties that do well include ‘Early Scarlet Globe,’ ‘Cherry Belle,’ and ‘Pink Beauty.’
Try planting potatoes. You can spout roots from any potato, but be sure to choose one with a lot of eyes. Place a few toothpicks in the potato to hold it up at the top of a container filled with water. Then place the container on the windowsill making sure the eyes are covered in water. It should sprout in about a week. You’ll want to choose a pot that is at least 12 inches deep. Put gravel or small stones in the bottom for drainage and plant away. Leave about 1/3 of the tuber showing and add more soil as the sprouts grow. When small tubers begin to form on the vines your indoor harvest is ready for picking.
Dwarf French Beans or one of the many other types of running beans are great for indoors. You can plant the beans in a relatively small pot on the windowsill or just below. When the beans sprout make sure you have fashioned a small trellis for them to climb into the window frame. The beauty of growing beans indoors is that not only will you get food, but the vines running up the window are pretty.
Salad greens grow quickly and baby ones taste great in salads, and sandwiches. Indoor micro-green gardens are colorful and several varieties spring up in days. Make sure that your pot or small window box has holes in it at the bottom for drainage, as greens are particularly susceptible to root rot. Keep the soil moist to the touch. Pluck off the new sprouts to eat when they are a couple inches tall. Then keep the large healthy shoots growing. You can pick your salad right from the plant, one leaf at a time. If you have space, stagger growing by 2-3 weeks for a continuous supply.