Growing A Salad… Indoors

From low temperatures to no growing space, gardening indoors can take center stage in your space. And there’s no better way to bring life to your home then growing your own food. It’s beautiful to look at and delicious too.

 

STEP 1: Location & Planter – Before you purchase a planting container, decide on where your growing space will be. Your planter needs to fit in an area where there is adequate sunlight, minimal cold drafts and a consistent warm temperature. Your container should drain well and include a try to catch excess water.

TIP! Canning jars make for a nice decorative planter. Use chalk paint to label your jar with the veggie.

Step 2: Selecting Soil – Fill the planter with 3-4” of seed starter soil mix.

Step 3: Planting the Seeds – There are some seeds that work better than others with indoor growing. Head lettuce does not grow well indoors, but other favorites like spinach, arugula, Baby Oakleaf, Arctic King, Winter Marvel and Winter Density are good to try. Each seed type should get their own container or generous portion of a larger container.  Arrange the seeds in rows, about an inch apart and then cover them with a thin layer of the starter soil mix. Just enough to cover them up. If you are planting different seeds in the same planter, then place the different seeds 3-4” apart.

Step 4: Let the growing begin! – If your feel that your home is dry or lacks humidity, place a lid or plastic wrap over it, but not too tight. When sprouts appear double check that they are an inch apart if they are not, gently move the sprout over. Use a liquid fertilizer to help the sprouting grown.

Step 5: Plant to Plate When you’ve noticed a hardy amount has grown from your seeds, you’re ready to harvest.  Take only what you need for your plate and be sure to trim at the base to allow the other leaves to flourish.