Tips to Help You Grow an Indoor Home Garden

What Grows Well Indoors

Growing fresh herbs and vegetables adds a nice flavor to winter comfort foods, and it’s amazing what you can grow if you put your mind to it. The trick is to choose vegetables that like artificial light and grow quickly without outgrowing the containers you plant them in. 

Some root vegetables and most leafy greens and herbs grow well indoors. Here is a list of plants that do well in artificial lighting. 

  • Beets
  • Bok choy/Pac Choi
  • Carrots
  • Herbs
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Microgreens
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard greens
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard

What You Need to Create Your Garden

To create the ultimate home garden, you’ll need a few things. 

  • Grow lights
  • Containers – most plants do well in containers that are at least 4 inches deep. Carrots will need containers at least 6 inches deep. 
  • Soil – all-purpose potting mix works well. Be sure to fertilize with a weak solution if plants show signs of stress. 
  • Seeds or seedlings – herbs grow slowly, so use established plants for a quick harvest. 

How It’s Done

Step 1 – Find a cool spot in your home and assemble your grow lights. A basement works well for an indoor garden as the cool temperatures encourage a continued harvest. 

Step 2 – Plant seeds according to package directions. If planting seedlings, repot if roots show through the drain holes. 

Step 3 – Place grow lights about two inches above the plants. Use a timer to turn lights on and off as necessary. Growing plants need about 16 hours of light a day. 

Step 4 – Water two times a week or when the soil feels dry.

Step 5 – Harvest fresh veggies.

Whether you’re craving fresh vegetables during the winter months or you lack the outdoor space to grow a garden, with a little effort, you can create the ultimate home garden right inside your home.