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Growing vegetables indoors

By: Garden Gate staff
Check out a few of our tips for growing vegetables indoors over winter and see what vegetable varieties we recommend trying.

Growing vegetables indoors over winter

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.

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Proper light is important for growing vegetables indoors successfully

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 for the best light to grow vegetables.

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. If you don't have adequate light you can also look into providing additional grow lights to make sure your vegetables are getting proper lighting to grow.

Try growing vegetables in a hanging basket

Try a variety of cherry tomatoes like ‘Sweet 100’ or ‘Christmas Grape’ in a hanging basket indoors. 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.

Growing tip

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.

growing-vegetables-indoors-greens: Leaf crops, such as lettuce and spinach, do great indoors because they prefer cooler temperatures.

Vegetables that you can grow indoors

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

  • 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’
Published: March 9, 2018
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