Growing your own edible indoor garden not only makes your home look welcoming and livelier, it also helps you save money in the long run. But, which ones can you plant?
Here are nine nutritious and delicious edible plants you can grow in your apartment. These plants are well-suited for indoors because they don’t grow overly large and easier to care for.
For most of them, you’ll need to find a nice area in your home where they can receive ample sunlight. From there, all you need is to tend to them and water them regularly.
In no time, you’ll see them sprout and you’ll be able to harvest them to enjoy with your meals.
Edible Plants You Can Grow in Your Apartment and Small Spaces
If you enjoy cooking, then growing herbs in your apartment is a great way to go. You can go with the herbs you like to incorporate into your recipes. And, you also get to save some cash along the way.
Herbs not only add flavor and aroma to food, they also have a lot of health benefits.
For this reason, we have our own herb garden hanging on the wall in our kitchen. Ours isn’t big at all. But since you don’t need a lot to cook with them, they’re more than enough.
You can choose between many different herbs depending on which you like most. Here are a few options.
What’s great is that many of these herbs not only work as indoor décor, they also have a nice aroma. If you live in cities where hot summers can attract mosquitoes, you’ll be glad to know that mint, rosemary and a few other herbs are natural mosquito repellants as well.
2. Salad Greens
Salad greens are another amazing option when it comes to edible indoor plants. They’re not difficult to grow, plus you get to choose which ones you like best.
From there, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite greens anytime you’re making a salad. Spinach, romaine and iceberg lettuce are all wonderful options.
They also contain a lot of vitamin C for immunity and resistance. Darker greens are great if you want to get your fill of folate and iron.
Salad greens are bigger than herbs. So, you’ll need containers or boxes to grow them. Do make sure they have drainage holes to let the excess water siphon out.
If you don’t have a lot of extra space, microgreens are another option. They’re loaded with vitamins and minerals similar to salad greens. And, you can easily use them in a salad as well.
Because of their size, you won’t need large, deep boxes. In fact, all you need is a shallow tray. This makes them more economical in terms of space. It also makes it easier to place them anywhere.
We do recommend placing the tray in a location that received regular sunlight. Somewhere near a window would be great. This will let the microgreens get enough exposure from the sun. Microgreens typically need anywhere from 10 to 14 hours of sunlight daily.
And, don’t forget to water them every day.
Loaded with vitamin A and lycopene, tomatoes are very healthy for your eyes and fighting certain types of cancers.
Like microgreens, tomatoes love sunlight. Do place them in an area where they’ll be able to get about 12 hours of sunshine daily.
When it comes to planting tomatoes, you’ll need to place them in pots. They roots go down quite a bit, so you don’t want something too shallow.
One of the great things about tomatoes is they’re quick to grow. You’ll be able to harvest within a couple of weeks from planting the seeds. This lets you get a constant supply easily.
We like to call kale the lesser known sibling of spinach. While it isn’t as popular are Popeye’s favorite veggies, kale packs a big health punch in terms of vitamins and minerals.
One cup of chopped kale gives you more than 100% of your daily vitamin A and C requirements. It also provides a healthy dose of magnesium, calcium, iron and vitamin B6.
One of the best things about kale is that a cup only contains 33 calories, no cholesterol and 0.6 grams of fat. That makes it perfect if you’re trying to lose or maintain weight.
Planting kale is fairly simple because it can survive indoors even during the winter months. You do need to plant the seeds apart to give its leaves some space to sprout. But, done correctly, it only takes seven days to be ready for harvest.
Avocados are one of the plants you can re-use to grow more. This lets you save money since you won’t need to go to the nursery to buy seeds.
All you need to do is use the pit from the current fruit you just ate. For better results, we do recommend getting the smaller dwarf avocado plant.
These are small trees that won’t grow as large as the regular avocado trees you may see outside. But they still bear luscious, edible fruit.
Because it’s a small tree, you will need a larger, deeper pot to plant it in. This allows the roots enough soil to grow on. It’s also a good idea to get a pot that drains at the bottom. This prevents the soil from retaining too much water which can preven the roots from taking hold well.
Anyone who has done some dieting knows the value of beets. They’re delicious, make your plate look more enticing, and low in calories. You can also add to that list the healthy nutrients it contains.
Beets are easy to grow which makes them a good option even for beginners. They also withstand different environments which allows them to grow well without a lot of extra care.
Lemons are probably not something everyone likes. While you may not often eat them as a fruit, lemons are valuable in cooking as well as mixing into drinks.
During the hot summer days when temperatures go up, you can squeeze a lemon into cold water to make a refreshing drink. The lemon adds flavor to the water keeping it from being too boring.
Similarly, squeezing a lemon into vinaigrette or using its zest in food adds flavor and helps you cut through decadent foods.
Like avocados, lemons grow on trees. So, for indoor planting, choosing a dwarf tree is a great way to go. You do need to make sure you position it where there’s a high enough ceiling to allow it grow. Plus, it will need ample sunlight.
You probably didn’t know that you can grow mushrooms at home. These fungi are delicious and offer a nice woody flavor that complements many foods. They’re likewise loaded with dietary fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C.
When it comes to growing mushrooms indoors, we suggest going with the kits you can buy in stores. We don’t recommend picking out mushrooms from gardens and planting them unless you know exactly what you’re doing.
The reason for this is that not all mushrooms are edible. In fact, some are dangerous when consumed. The kits not only make sure that you’re growing edible mushrooms, they also make the entire process easier.
Doing it the old-fashioned way of planting it yourself is way more tedious.