Growing your own food is a great way to eat healthfully and to cut down on the cost of your grocery bills. You don't need a large garden space or even a large amount of indoor space to grow your own food. There are a few foods that grow easily indoors or produce enough of a high yield that if they do require more space it is well worth the effort.
Add about 1 inch of the sprouting seeds to your mason jar. Cover the seeds with 2 to 3 times more water. Put the lid on the jar and shake it gently.
Uncover your mason jar and let it soak in a sunny location for the next 24 hours. Drain the water from the jar and set it back in a sunny location.
Cover and soak your seeds in water each day. Shake the jar immediately, and then drain away the water. Set your jar in a sunny location each day. Within a few days your sprouts will be ready and you can repeat the process.
Find a plastic food container with a lid or a clamshell from food you've ordered to go. Make sure the container is clean and dry. Use a knife to poke several drainage holes in the bottom of your container.
Fill your containers with 2 inches of potting soil. Evenly space 25 lettuce seeds in each container.
Sprinkle just enough soil over the seeds to cover them, and water the soil generously. Continue to water your containers each day to moisten the soil.
Set your containers in a warm spot where your plants will get 12 hours of sun a day. During shorter days use a grow light to get the proper amount of light on your plants.
Clip leaves from your lettuce plants after 3 to 4 weeks to use in salads. Leave the crown intact when clipping the leaves to promote further leaf growth.
Fill a 5-gallon pot or container with a mixture of equal parts peat moss and compost and 1/4 part perlite soil.
Press 2 tomato seeds 1/2 inch deep into the container so that they are evenly spaced apart in the pot. Immediately mulch and water your tomatoes so that the soil is moist.
Keep a grow light on your tomatoes 12 hours a day.
Reduce watering to two times a week when the seedlings appear. Fertilize your tomatoes with a general-purpose fertilizer once a week.
Shake the stems near any flowers that appear to encourage your plant to pollinate and produce tomatoes.
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Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.