I love a good indoor garden! After all the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer and a whole heck of a lot colder! We are expecting our first snowfall in the Utah mountains later on this week, and I’ve got to start protecting my late harvest from the cold! After I reap in the fruits of my late fall labor, I plan on moving the growth to my indoor garden! Believe it or not, you CAN grow all twelve of these plants indoors this winter! Keep reading for my winter gardening tips!
Grow Bush Beans indoors this winter for a maximum harvest! Bush Beans are my favorite to grow indoors because they don’t need a bean pole to support adequate growth. As with most of the veggies on this list, make sure they get plenty of light!
My kids hate tomatoes, but I can’t get enough of them! They will need a TON of sun, and it’s best to start the seeds first, before transplanting them to a large growing pot. Transplant the seedling when they each have five true leaves!
Spinach loves areas of partial shade! To recreate these growing conditions in your own home, grow it in a window that gets at least 3-4 hours of sunlight every day. Spinach can “boil” in areas of high heat, so keep it in a cooler area!
4. Bell Peppers
Bell peppers need well-draining, rich soil to provide massive amounts of fruit! If you want a full harvest, pinch the tips of the flowers the first time they blossom!
You can grow Kale outside during the winter, it’s super cold hardy! But if you live in an area that gets a ton of snow, your plants could potentially be killed! If you’re expecting a hard frost, bring your Kale inside and plant it in an area where it will get 3-4 hours of sunlight every day.
25 days is all the grow time you need for radishes! Start the seeds in a seedling tray, and transplant your veggies as 2-3 true leaves sprout up. You can also use the micro greens in a salad!
Did you know that Arugula tends to taste better when grown indoors? Who would have thought! Find a cool, sunny spot to grow this plant indoors! The more you harvest the plant, the faster it grows!
8. Swiss Chard
Swiss Chard will need at least four hours of direct sunlight everyday to stay (and grow!) healthy. Harvest the rainbow colored stalks regularly to promote additional growth.
Scallions are one of my FAVORITE things to add in my Thanksgiving dinner. Scallions are a member of the onion family, so it’s growth cycle tends to be a bit longer. Plant your scallions in wide, deep pots because onions are a root vegetable!
Did you grow chives outdoors this summer? Divide some off, place in a pot of well draining soil, and bring them inside for the winter! Over the course of the winter, you will notice your chive plants growing thicker and bushier!
I’ve grown Oregano in my kitchen window for as long as I can remember! It’s a great addition to virtually any dish! Place in a sunny windowsill, and pinch the sprouts off often for rapid growth. This is the best plant for winter gardening!
Mint is often considered invasive when grown outdoors, which makes mint the perfect herb for container gardening! Mint likes areas of shade, so keep it in an area that only gets 3-4 hours of sunlight everyday. Make sure your mint is grown in moist, rich soil in your indoor garden.