Now that it’s beginning to get colder in my neck of the woods (I know, it’s only September, but the mountains in Utah can get to be super chilly!) I’m starting to turn my thoughts towards winter gardening. I haven’t even harvested all of my summer crops from the garden outside, but I am eagerly waiting to start container gardening inside! My family looks forward to my container gardening just as much as I do, and I can’t wait to harvest melons, berries, and pineapples all throughout the winter months. There’s nothing like a slice of fresh fruit to bust any winter blues! Keep reading to learn how you can start planning your winter container garden!
Is it just me or does a slice of lemon in a cold glass of water make anyone else instantly happy? Keep your lemon plant in an area where it is sure to get full sun everyday. Lemon trees should often be watered, but special care should be taken to ensure that they don’t become over watered. Find a really helpful indoor grow guide via The Spruce.
Peaches are one of m favorite fruits, and I’ve been growing a dwarf peach tree indoors for as long as I can remember! Dwarf peach trees provide fruit much quicker than other forms of peach trees. Purchase your own dwarf peach tree to grow indoors here.
I’ve never grown watermelon indoors, but I think I might give it a shot this winter! As with any container gardening, you will have to hand pollinate, but the work is worth it! Much like any fruit garden, Sugar Baby watermelons will have to be place in an area of full sun. The soil should be well drained! Make sure you are watering your watermelon daily, after they have reached the size of a tennis ball, only water them when the first few inches of soil is dry. More about growing Sugar Baby Watermelons here.
Peaches aren’t my only favorite fruit! I’m a sucker for a freshly cut Pineapple. Sometimes I like to roast them on the grill! During the winter, I like to add our home grown watermelon wedges as a side to breakfast. However, it takes a long time for a Pineapple bush to produce fruit. Unless you purchase a mature tree from a nursery, it could be at least 2 years until yours produces fruit. Find out more here!
When growing blueberries (indoors or out!) it’s important to remember that this fruit loves SUPER acidic soil. Plant blueberries in a large pot, and make sure they’re receiving at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. I bought my blueberry bush from a nursery, and I saw it bear fruit that very winter! However, blueberry bushes are slow to grow, and I did notice that the harvest was even bigger after the next grow season.
I might be the only person in my family who loves peppers..but that certainly doesn’t stop me from growing them! Peppers prefer a container that is at least 5 gallons (I like to use fabric containers, like this one!). Pepper plants need to be nestled in an area where they will receive at least 8 to 10 hours of direct sunlight each day. This grow guide from Homegrown is one of my favorites!
Kale is a cold hardy plant that can tolerate conditions both indoors and out this winter! Kale plants require little growing space (seriously, some gardeners can fit as many as FIVE plants in a container together). Kale doesn’t require a ton of sunlight everyday, but place it in an area of indirect sunlight for maximum growth. Learn more about growing Kale here.
Growing root veggies in containers is a breeze with this tutorial from Bless My Weeds! Green onions, garlic, regular onions, and carrots are all known for growing exceptionally well in container gardens. You’ll need to pick a planter that is at least 8 inches deep to accomadate different varieties of root veggies!