Gardening can be a fun activity and growing your own produce can be an extremely gratifying experience. The winter season is not when you would normally think of gardening, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could grow some of your own food in the “off-season”, it can decrease your carbon footprint since you will be living more sustainably. Plus, it is a lot more cost-effective than buying veggies from the market!
Whether you live in an apartment in the city, or a house with a backyard in the suburbs, there are plants that you can grow in your home. Below is a list of plants that are easy to grow and require minimal maintenance if you’re just getting started with gardening:
Tomatoes come in many varieties, so choose one depending on where you are growing it. They can be grown in containers or outside. This spring and summer fruit can only be grown one plant per pot. You can have perfect tomatoes, even in the middle of winter. Look for more detailed instructions on your seed label for your choice of tomato.
Plant carrots in loose rock-free soil in either a deep pot or a plot of soil. Sow the seeds 2 to 3 inches apart; for pots, look for shorter carrot varieties and make sure that your pot is deep enough for the carrot to grow its roots. Plant carrots in fall or winter; they will be ready to harvest in roughly 10 weeks.
This leaf is quick to grow in cooler climates. It can be harvested multiple times during this season. You can grow lettuce in your backyard or in a wide planter. The seeds should be placed at least 4 inches apart to leave sufficient room for them to grow.
4. Green Beans
Beans grow upward so they can be easily planted in a pot. Pick a sunny spot to place a large pot and insert a wooden trellis for the beans to grow on, near a window that receives at least six hours of sunlight a day. The pot of planter should be at least 15 inches in diameter. Your plant will yield the crop within a few weeks!
5. Red Peppers
These warm weather plants not only look beautiful but make a delicious addition to any meal! Grow the plants one per pot for bigger varieties and 2 to 3 per pot for smaller varieties; place the pot in a sunny spot in your home and watch the plant flourish. Most peppers are capable of surviving longer than one season, some last as long as 5 years.
These crunchy and delicious root vegetables thrive throughout the summer. Grow them in deep pots or directly in the ground; they grow fairly quickly. Plant them 3 inches apart and harvest them when the leaves have fully breached the surface.
Spinach grows great in pots! It is a no-fuss plant that can grow in a partially shaded area practically anywhere. Use a wide rather than deep pot and place it on any windowsill in the house. This plant is one of the easiest to grow for beginners.
This plant grows better directly in the ground rather than in a pot but that doesn’t mean it is impossible. Plant broccoli one plant per 5 gallon container; the pot needs to be very deep to be effective. Avoid black containers, if at all possible, and try to position your plants so the broccoli is in partial shade and the container is in full shade. The plant grows in early spring and will be ready to harvest in 10 to 13 weeks!
We hope the simplicity showcased for growing these vegetables inspires you to start your own little home farm and helps you still thrive in the winter season!