How to Grow Vegetables for In-Home Gardens


Growing vegetables in an in-home garden gives vegetable lovers a consistent veggie supply year-round. For those with limited outdoor space, it brings the garden indoors. While vegetables love sun and prefer to be outdoors in the ground, thriving vegetables can be grown indoors if you mimic their outdoor conditions and give them a proper growing environment.

Step 1

Pour 1 inch of gravel into the bottom of a 5-gallon pot. Fill the pot with a potting soil recommended for vegetables.

Step 2

Dig a hole by hand as deep and wide as the roots of the vegetable transplant in the middle of the pot.

Step 3

Place the transplant in the hole. Pack the soil firmly around the transplant's roots and base.

Step 4

Place a cage around the outer perimeter of the pot if your are planting vining vegetables, such as cucumbers, tomatoes or peppers. Push the cage into the soil until it is secure.

Step 5

Water the plants as needed for your particular vegetable, often daily. Skip watering when the soil is moist to a depth of 1 inch, as a general rule.

Step 6

Apply a fertilizer solution formulated for your vegetables as often as required. Follow the specific application directions provided with the fertilizer.

Step 7

Suspend two grow lights 2 inches from the soil's top for optimal growth. Move the lights up as the plant grows. Place the plants in direct sunlight as an alternative to grow lights.

Things You'll Need

  • Gravel
  • 5-gallon pot
  • Potting soil
  • Tomato cage
  • Fertilizer
  • Grow lights


  • Texas A&M Extension: Vegetable Gardening in Containers
  • The University of Arizona Extension: Vegetable Garden: Container Garden
  • The Christian Science Monitor: Grow Plants Year-Round With a Greenhouse
Keywords: container gardening, grow vegetables home, in-home garden

About this Author

Sommer Sharon has worked in the publishing industry since 1997 for nationally known publications such as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "MORE," "Country Home," "Midwest Living" and "American Baby." Sharon also owns a Web consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.