One thing I have wanted to do for some time now is to grow some fruits and veggies in my home. I haven’t done it yet because I have a black thumb. I just can’t seem to grow anything for long. It may have something to do with the fact that I usually forget to water them, or overwater them. It could also be the fact that I don’t give them everything they need. So to prep myself into getting a garden to grow in my home, I decided to research some plants that would do well to indoor gardening.
I was shocked at some of the plants you could grow indoors. I do think my favorite was watermelon. One article I read said watermelon was a good choice to grow indoors. I however am not going to grow a watermelon in my house instead I choose 3 fruits and 3 veggies that I would like to try. I am going to go over the plant itself, how to care for it, and how often you can harvest from it.
Lemon and Limes
These tasty fruits are combined, because their care is the same, so you can choose your favorite one. The best type to get is a dwarf tree. These will stay a manageable size, and is does self-pollinate. To care for these trees, they need the soil to be more acidic and loam based. Lemons and limes do well with lots of humidity, up to 50%. You can just spritz the plant regularly with water. And the soil needs to be completely dry before you water again, which if grow in a pot will dry out quickly.
Dwarf lemons and limes planted in pots usually reach a maximum height of 3 to 8 feet, and need a container 12 inches or more. A healthy tree can produce 10 to 20 fruits each year, not a huge load, but how often do you use them. I’ve stuck extras in my freezer for later use. Great for smoothies!
If you get a North Star, they are self pollinating (thou you do need to shake it), others types aren’t (you’d need another tree and hand pollinate). A dwarf cherry tree can grow up to 6-10 feet, but if you prune they can be smaller. They do need about 6 hours of sunlight and needs between 500-1,000 hours in temperatures between 40-45 degrees. Dwarf cherry trees will need at least a 3 gallon container with drain holes. They can typically give you 10-15 quarts a year. For a more indepth look into growing and caring for a dwarf cherry tree head on over to HomeGuides.
Strawberries need at least 6 hours of sun, and they do need their space. Overcrowding can lead to diseases and mold issues down the road. If your tight on space the Alpine is a great option, since it clumps more than it ranges. They do require a potassium rich diet, and water daily, unless the soil top inch isn’t dry. If you want more details on how to grow strawberries check out GardeningKnowHow.
Lettuce needs at least 12 hours of light each day, however, avoid active heat spots and cold drafts. You can use fairly shallow well drained containers, or 4-6 inch pots. Head lettuce like iceberg dont do well indoors, but loose leaf lettuces like baby oak does. Lettuce loves water, but not too much. Keep it moist but not drowning in water, they should look green and healthy. When they are ready to harvest, it is best to gather what you will eat and leave the rest for a few days. Lettuce will need to be replanted to the process started all over again for more to grow.
Beets need a moist rich soil, and a container that is at least 16 inches deep. The soil needs to be on the sandy side, and they do need their space. Planting them 1 foot away from each other would give them enough room to grow. Beets need lots of sunlight, and grow best if the soil temperature is 50 degrees. They need uniform moisture and a regular watering schedule. When the beets are ready twist the foliage and leave the taproot as is.
Green beans grow in two varieties, a bush and a vine. The bush bean is the best one to grow indoors, and they do need 6 hours of sunlight. The soil need to be well draining and be compost-rich. Beans grow in even moist soil, and it needs to stay between the temperatures of 60-85 degrees. Bush beans are ready to be harvested 50-60 days after planting.
There are way more fruits and veggies that you can grow indoors, and as long as you give the plant what it needs to survive, you can have a bountiful garden in no time. The best part about growing your own food it the sole fact that you know what is going into the plant and that there is no harmful additives, wax, or sprays. It is an ideal way for the health conscious to be active in their health.
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