Posted 12.20.12 @ 9:35
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to stop gardening – and when it comes down to it there are many great plants you can use inside your home year round. You aren’t going to need a lot of space for them either but you are going to need a little gardening acumen! If you’re looking for fruits, vegetables and flowers year round, let’s get started.
There’s nothing like fresh herbs that you grow yourself, and you’d be surprised how easy it is to grow with a little light, even in our dark winters. If you’re having a little trouble growing them it’s a good idea to put them on a windowsill or under a grow light. Using quality potting soil to get the most out of your herb harvest will also help you maximise your yield. Chives, rosemary and more are easy to grow. Shallots or green onions in a jar with four hours of light each day will give you a pretty arrangement in your kitchen and fresh onions in winter all season long!
Salads and Sprouts
Salads, greens and sprouts are fairly easy to grow indoors, but you’re going to want to make sure you’re careful! Mung bean sprouts are a great way to get all of your nutrition in the winter months, but you’re going to need to make sure that you cook them thoroughly before you eat them. While sprouts are great for nutrition, depending on where the seeds are sourced from you could wind up with an awful case of foodborne illness!
They’re a fruit, but don’t let that stop you. Many varieties, especially the smaller ones, will grow indoors with the right soil and light. You’re going to want to water them from the bottom up with a watering tray to keep drainage good and to prevent fungal infections in your plant. You're’ going to be able to find great potting mixes JUST for tomatoes everywhere you turn – make sure that you’re using potting soil, not ground soil. There are different nutrients in each and if you use the wrong one you can easily kill your pants.
One of the most unloved plants in our modern diet, radishes will grow anywhere at any time! You’ll be able to get a high yield for your inside garden and you’ll need about a foot across and a foot deep. Planting bunching varieties every couple of weeks will mean that you’ll have a continuous rotating crop all winter long.
Planning ahead, putting your plants in a south facing window and using indoor container gardens and nutrients will help you get the best garden for your home. Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask around in the home and garden section! They’ll be able to help you really figure out what you need for your winter garden.