If you haven’t tried growing indoors yet, we’ve got a few suggestions for edibles that you can grow indoors, starting now! While you’re waiting to plant some veggies outdoors in Powell River, you can still get a taste of that fresh homegrown flavour with a few other options that you can grow right on your kitchen counter.
Microgreens are delicious and packed with nutrients. The great thing about microgreens is how fast and easy they are to grow indoors year round! They range in flavor from mild and earthy to peppery with a kick. We shared everything you need to know to start microgreens this past November.
Sprouts are pretty easy to grow, and they don’t require much equipment. What they do need is thorough rinsing with fresh water several times each day. Sprouts grow without soil, light, or fertilizer. You can simply add the seeds to a jar, screw on the fine mesh filter lid, and rinse them 2-3 times a day until they’re big enough to eat. This is one of the easiest and most affordable options for growing edibles in your kitchen! The mesh lids will last you a long time, and you can grow them right on your kitchen counter. You can choose from a wide variety of different seeds to grow into sprouts, like alfalfa, radish, broccoli, clover, and chia seeds. Sprouts add a delicious crunch and flavour to sandwiches and salads. Just make sure you rinse your sprouts on a regular schedule, as they can develop harmful bacteria that can make you sick if they don’t get rinsed often enough.
Lettuces are also super easy to grow in your kitchen. A seedling tray full of soil near a window can grow lettuce for your salads all season long. Simply rotate through rows as they mature and plant a new row every other week until the tray is full. You can harvest your lettuce for salads or sandwiches once they’re about 3-4 inches tall. After you’ve harvested a row, immediately plant new seeds beside that row to start growing the next crop. By rotating through, you’ll always have fresh lettuces on hand for meals. There are many varieties of lettuce you can grow from seed, check out the selection at our garden center!
Herbs are another popular edible that you can grow indoors. Basil is very common, and it does pretty well indoors. Chives are also super easy to grow—you can harvest the whole crop at once, and they’ll grow back again and again. Oregano, parsley, thyme, sage, and rosemary also do quite well indoors, provided they get enough light. Fresh herbs, plucked from the plant and thrown straight into your recipes, provide a depth of flavour and texture that you simply can’t get from dried herbs!
Did you know that you can grow almost anything as a microgreen? If you like the flavour of some of the spicier vegetables and herbs, like radishes, peppers, mustard, arugula, onions, or horseradish, but aren’t a big fan of the spice levels, try growing them as microgreens! The microgreen versions of these plants often have the flavour punch of the adult plants, with a little less of that burn-your-mouth zip. Just make sure you choose organic seeds or seeds intended for the purpose of growing them as microgreens. Some seeds may have been treated with a fungicide for growing outdoors to a full vegetable plant.
Stop by the garden center today and find out how you can grow edibles indoors in your Powell River kitchen right away. There’s nothing like the flavour of freshly grown greens, harvested directly from your own indoor garden.