Blooming with Homegrown Veggies: Farming Indoors and in Small Spaces

home garden reneeJuly is a great time to begin thinking about the herbs, vegetables and other good eats you can grow for the fall and winter months. Home farming is especially good for people who live in areas hard hit by inclement weather or live in places that are a food desert. Growing your own herbs and veggies can also be a budget-friendly tactic to consider. Apartment-dwellers and people living in tight spaces should not feel as though as home planting is impossible. You can grow food on windowsills, on kitchen counters and even on your balcony until the cold weather hits.

You will need to consider lighting as in how much natural light comes into your space. If you have great natural lighting with many windows that bring in the sun, then you are good to go. If you are natural light challenged, never fear, you can do two things: Buy plants and seeds that can flourish and grow with minimal light or you can consider buying special “grow” lights.

The next thing to consider is the plants and seeds you will need to buy. That is based on two things: what grows best indoors and what you like to eat. It is that simple. You can begin with salad greens and herbs. Radishes, baby carrots, spinach, lettuce and beets are great for planting now and will be ready for harvest in the fall. Herbs that do well indoors are: basil, bay, chives, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and tarragon. Tomatoes and green peppers are also easy to grow indoors.

Collard greens, kale and mustard greens can be planted in early August until October. These plants grow better when the temperatures are cool. Herbs can be grown all year round in your home.

You can grow Alfalfa and broccoli sprouts. They grow in very little water and they only grow about 2 inches high. Sprouts require special attention to avoid Escherichia coli, which is bad for children and the elderly though it is avoidable with care.

The cost of buying the plants, seeds, soil and the pots is relative to the benefits such as whole foods that are lower in cost, always available, and convenient. Growing your own food certainly negates the excuses of not enough money or access.

Next week, we will discuss tips to nurture your home garden.

For more information about gardening, Renee can be reached at renee@resultsbyrenee.com.