7 Really Nourishing Foods You Can Grow Indoors

foods you can grow indoors

In the UK now, spring is finally arriving.  The days are lengthening, the temperature’s increasing and the growing season is getting underway.  It’s an exciting season because we can start to think about all the lovely green foods we can grow for ourselves!

And we don’t even have to have a garden to do this.  There are some really easy nourishing foods you can grow indoors on a window ledge, or other well-lit spot.  Which makes nourishing and getting healthy an option for pretty much all of us.

In fact one of the best things about foods you can grow indoors is that you have control over keeping them organic!  Unlike 80% of greens in the shops, home-grown foods can be planted in your-choice of soil and NOT treated with pesticides or fertilisers.  This keeps them toxin-free and is way better for you and your family.

And let’s face it, organic foods are expensive, so if we can grow them ourselves on the windowledge, then that’s a MASSIVE bonus.

So, let’s take a look at some of the best foods you can grow indoors and get inspired to nourish ourselves with our own delicious produce…

7 Really Nourishing Foods You Can Grow Indoors

1  Herbs

Why buy one potted herb from the supermarket, when you can get a whole packet of seeds and grow tray-loads on your windowsill?  And keep them going all summer long.

Herbs have so many healing benefits because they’re chock full of phytonutrients and antioxidants.  And the choice is extensive – just pop to your local plant nursery for herby inspiration.  You can use fresh herbs for salads, dressings, marinades, sauces, stuffings and fresh teas to name just a few.

Examples – basil, coriander (cilantro), chives, lemon balm, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, tarragon, catnip and mint.

2  Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the most-satisfying foods to grow indoors and love a warm, sunny spot where the fruit can get ripe and sweet.  You should only go for cherry tomato varieties indoors, as they tend to stay more compact and are better suited for a spot in the window.
They’ll grow well in pots and hanging containers, where you can keep them watered and well-nourished.

Examples – varieties like Tumbling Tom, Hundreds & Thousands, Garden Pearl and Linda.

3  Peppers

Apart from producing a wonderfully nourishing food, pepper plants like the ones I suggest below, are also really attractive plants for the home.  Just like with the tomatoes, try to go for compact varieties of peppers that will suit an indoor space.

They like plenty of water and a sunny spot in a south-facing window.  They also like to have their flowers misted and sometimes need canes for extra support when they’re fruiting.

Examples – chilli peppers and sweet peppers, especially varieties Carnival, Mohawk, Unicorn and Gypsy.

4  Mushrooms

Some of the most super nourishing foods you can grow indoors are undoubtedly mushrooms!  With compounds like the antioxidant glutathione, B vitamins, polysaccharides and powerful enzymes.  The healing benefits are extensive indeed.
If you don’t believe me, just read my post – 5 Nutritional Benefits Of Mushrooms (PLUS 6 Best Varieties To Eat).

Mushroom cultivation is also ridiculously easy with kits available offering many varieties.  They just need a spray of water to moisten the soil and can start yielding a crop within 10 days.

Examples – white mushrooms, oyster, shiitake, chestnut and button. Plus rarer ones like lion’s mane and nameko.
An example of a great oyster mushroom-growing kit is this one.

5  Salad Greens

Salad greens are blissfully easy to grow out of shallow trays on a warm, well-lit shelves or window ledges in your home. As they grow you cut off individual leaves, which enables them to keep resprouting and provide a continuous supply of salad.

What’s even better is that they’re actually more nutritious then bog standard lettuces like iceberg, which are mostly just water.  This is especially true if you go for varieties of salad greens that are more darkly-coloured and strongly flavoured.

Examples – rocket (arugula), frisée, chicory, spinach, rucola, japanese greens, oriental mustard, mesclun.
(Don’t go for head-growing lettuces such as little gem, as they’re not easy salad foods you can grow indoors.)

6  Microgreens

Microgreens are the very first tender shoots of certain varieties of greens, which are extra nutrient-dense as they initially emerge.  In fact they can be up to 10 times higher in nutrients that their full-grown counterparts, so they should be an essential part of everyone’s diet.
And because you snip them off while they’re still tiny, it makes them perfect for scattering on top of salads and other meals.

Examples – rocket (arugula), red cabbage, beet, basil, buckwheat and chia microgreens (but there are loads available).

For more on the awesome nutrition of microgreens you can read Dr Mercola’s article here.

7  Spring Onions Or Scallions

Spring onions and scallions are special young varieties of onions, in which the green leafy part is tender enough to eat.  To cultivate them effortlessly, just by a fresh bunch from the shop and shove each bulb in a jar of water.

You’ll find the bulbs start to sprout more roots and you’ll have a continuous supply of new green leaves to harvest at the top.  This saves you from continually buying new bunches every time!

Examples – spring onion, scallion (US), green onion.

foods you can grow indoors

If you’ve felt inspired by these foods you can grow indoors, you may also want to learn about the indoor plants you can use to detox your home and lower indoor pollution – if so take a look at 12 Of The Best Air-Cleaning Plants For Your Home.

So what are your most favourite foods you can grow indoors? And which varieties have you had the most success with?  Why not say hi and drop your ideas in the comments below!  And happy cultivating folks x

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