The best way to ensure that you are eating the healthiest and the most delicious food is to grow it yourself. Growing food at home means you know exactly where your food comes from and how it was grown. You might think that growing your own fruits and veggies will be difficult and time-consuming, but that doesn’t have to be the case…
Herbs are the easiest edible plants for apartment occupants to harvest. Rosemary, cilantro, mint, basil, ginger and parsley are all feasible options. Most require little effort, just a sunny spot on your window sill and regular watering. Different herbs have different care requirements though, so research what you need before you plant.
Growing salad greens (such as romaine, iceberg, spinach, red leaf etc.) is terrific – they are full of vitamins A, C, and K, and also contain folate and iron. Keep them in bright light for about six hours a day and water so that the soil stays moist but not saturated.
Garlic greens are easy to grow. A small, 4-inch pot, a discarded garlic clove, some soil and a sunny window is all you need to start growing this in your apartment. Then water whenever dry. They will take about 10 weeks from planting to harvest, and will continue to give off greens indefinitely, adding a punch to salads, baked potatoes, and anything that needs a little garnish.
Scallions are so easy to care for. Chop off the green top for your dish, save the rest by placing the white bottoms in a small cup of water and place in a sunny window sill and change the water daily. You should have new, edible greens in a couple days.
Tomatoes are always a popular choice for indoor gardening. Choose a 6-inch (or larger) pot that you can keep in a warm area that gets about 12 hours of light per day. Your tomatoes can be ready to harvest in just a few short weeks.
Small lemon trees can be beautiful and fragrant additions to your apartment. Citrus can be temperamental, but rewarding if you know how to properly care for them. Place the plant in an area that will receive eight to 12 hours of sunlight each day. Citrus thrive in moist air so regularly misting the leaves with a spray bottle will help keep the leaves perky.
For that daily dose of vitamin C, purchase a dwarf mandarin orange tree. The trees will grow best in spacious pots with drainage at the bottom, and in rich soil in a sunny location. Water regularly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. You should also harvest their fruit as soon as they turn vibrant orange for the best flavour.
Juicers, rejoice! Kale is surprisingly easy to grow in your apartment – which will save you tons in your local supermarket! The trick is to sow the seeds a little farther apart to give the plants adequate room to grow. You should see sprouts within the week!
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