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Grow vegetables indoors

By: Garden Gate staff
Learn how to plant your own indoor windowsill vegetable garden.

When winter comes around, don't give up on growing vegetables in your garden. Take things indoors to create your own winter windowsill vegetable garden.

Lots of popular vegetables are good candidates for winter windowsill gardens. Leaf crops, such as lettuce and spinach, prefer cooler temperatures. Endive and escarole actually become bitter in warm weather.

The key is sunlight. An indoor garden needs as much light as it can get during the shortened days. So find a sunny window, preferably one that faces the south. Kitchen windows are perfect if they have adequate light. The garden is right at your fingertips for care and harvesting. But a sturdy table in front of a living room or family room window may give you more area to work in. (And if you can provide additional grow lights, even better.)

Try a variety of cherry tomatoes in a hanging basket. They only grow to a certain size, which saves space. Plant leaf lettuce varieties weekly for a continuous harvest. Be sure to follow the sowing and fertilizing instructions for each variety. Put vegetables with similar requirements together in the same container. This way you’ll be able to give each plant just the right amount of fertilizer and water.

The list below shows more edibles that will make a delicious and beautiful indoor garden on whatever windowsill you choose.

Indoor Edibles

  • Carrot ‘Short-n-Sweet’
  • Celery
  • Cherry tomato ‘Sweet 100’ and ‘Christmas Grape’
  • Claytonia
  • Cress
  • Endive
  • Lettuce ‘Galactic’, ‘Buttercrunch’, ‘Nevada’ and ‘Vanity’
  • Oregano ‘Hirtum’
  • Spinach ‘Popeye’s Choice’, ‘Indian Summer’ and ‘Tyee’
  • Swiss chard ‘Bright Lights’ and ‘Charlotte’
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