Gardening to some it can seem like a difficult challenge, not everyone is gifted with a green thumb. Well it’s not always as hopeless as it seems!

We’re going to be talking about some of the easiest veggies and and herb plants that you can grow from inside your home.

Terrie Martin – Assistant General Manager at Master Gardener, 20+ years Experience

“Well whether its inside or out the easiest veggies with the most yield would be things like lettuce,spinach,radishes. Tomatoes aren’t too difficult as long as u know what to do.”

Our top 5 will be

  1. Lettuce
  2. Green onions
  3. Carrots
  4. Mint
  5. Tomatoes

Plants not only add a great flare to your home appearance wise, but also can make meal planning a lot simpler when the items you need grow in your own very home.

1. Lettuce

Lettuce can be one of the very easy low maintenance plants you keep in your own kitchen. Personally, recommended is any form of leafy Varieties. When grown it can grow very bushy and yield lots of leaves to use as toppings or salads.

Planting

When planting make 1/8 inch in the soil and sprinkle five to 15 seeds over the surface and mist the dirt. Be sure to keep the planter moist during the germination period, recommended that you keep plastic wrap over the planter and poke holes for oxygen release.

Nutrition

Though all variety’s yield their own benefits most lettuce contains vitamin A, potassium, and fibre.

Leaf Lettuce

2. Green Onions

Green onions can be done it multiple different ways such as seeds or replanting. Upon the doubt that some plants from the grocery store are unable to replant some beat all odds and take to being replanted with little to no effort at all.

Planting

Dig an inch into the soil and place 3-5 seeds into the dug hole, keep the holes an inch apart from each other. Be sure to keep the dirt moist while the plants germinate, recommended that you keep plastic wrap over the planter and poke holes for oxygen release.

When the plant reaches four inches in height thin them by pulling out the smaller sprouts and making sure the plants are an inch apart. 

Replanting:

If you want to try replanting from the grocery store here’s the steps.

Look for a stalk that contains lots of root hairs and make sure there if no sign of rotting, cut off an inch and a half from the bottom of the roots and place the roots into dirt, leaving the top half exposed to the sun.

Nutrition

Green onions are a great source for beta-carotene, vitamin A and C, and calcium.

Replanted Green Onion

3. Carrots

Remember when growing carrots indoors they may not grow very long but put into a deep pot they can still grow to a satisfying size you can enjoy year-round.

Planting

Plant you seed 1/4-inch-deep into the dirt and sprinkle the seeds into the grooves. Keep the dirt moist but not wet and recommended that you keep plastic wrap over the planter and poke holes for oxygen release. When the sprouts begin to grow thin them out by pulling the smaller sprouts and keeping the plants an inch apart.

Nutrition

 Carrots are good for Vitamin A and K, antioxidants, fiber.

Carrot Stalk

4. Mint

Mint can be a great multipurpose plant from baking, and tea. Mint is a fragrant plant making your home smell great but, mint is a natural repellent and can keep insects and arachnids away.

Planting

Remember when planting Mint that it is a low growing plant that spreads so it should be planted in a long/wide pot. Mint should be kept one bush per pot since they are wide spreading.

Place the seeds in a ¼ inch deep hole and be sure to keep the dirt moist but not wet. While the plant germinates its recommended that you keep plastic wrap over the planter and poke holes for oxygen release.

Nutrition

Mint contains antioxidants and an anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarinic acid, and mint can be a great cure for hangovers and the aromatic menthol makes it a great decongestant.

Chocolate Mint Plant

5. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are some of the most commonly grown plants. Tomatoes do well both indoors and out and plants keep outdoors can be brought inside before the winter cold hits for continual growth. But remember that older tomato plants won’t grow forever and will eventually stop producing.

Planting

It’s recommended you start the plants growth in a smaller planter (like egg cartons_ before transplanting them into something larger. Be sure to keep the plant in a warm but not hot room and to keep the soil moist but not soggy.

 While the plant germinates its recommended that you keep plastic wrap over the planter and poke holes for oxygen release.

When the plant reaches about four inches tall place them into a larger container for continual growth.

Nutrition

Tomatoes are full of antioxidants and are a great source of Vitamin A, C , and K, biotin, folate, and many others.

Homegrown Tomato