How to Grow Vegetables Inside


There are many people who would love to have their own vegetable garden. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky to have a plot of ground to do this. There is a solution: You can grow vegetables inside as long as you have good sunlight somewhere. To grow vegetables inside, you follow almost the same method as growing vegetables outdoors using the directions on the seed packets.

Step 1

Lay out a sheet of newspaper on your table to keep the cleanup manageable. Put the pie tin on the newspaper and the planter on top of the pie tin. The planter should have a drainage hole in the bottom so the extra water drains into the pie tin. You can place a layer of small gravel in the pie tin before putting the planter on it to help with drainage.

Step 2

Fill up the container with the potting soil until the soil is an inch from the lip of the planter. Make sure the soil is kept loose so roots can grow freely; vegetables such as carrots, radish, potato and onion are root vegetables which need as little obstruction as possible.

Step 3

Use a spoon to dig a 1-inch trench around the perimeter of the planter. Place the trench an inch in from the edge to allow the greatest amount of plants in the planter. If there is room, dig another trench inside the first circle to include more plants.

Step 4

Place the seeds into the trench, keeping the distance between them in accordance with the seed packets. Cover the seeds with the soil from around the trenches. Most seeds will need a spacing of one or two inches from each other.

Step 5

Dampen the soil with water, but do not get it soggy. Damp soil will help the seeds to germinate. Use a watering can with a slotted or porous end to provide an even flow. Water the seeds twice a week until the sprouts come up. Water weekly once the sprouts arrive, usually within two weeks.

Step 6

Thin out the seedlings once they are 2 inches high. Leave about 2 inches between each plant, just as you would for an outdoor garden. This allows the plants to reach maturity.

Step 7

Keep the planters in direct sunlight for three months. Try to put them in an eastern facing doorway or window. Continue to water the plants weekly. Harvest the crop when the vegetables are ready.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Pie tin
  • 12-inch deep planters
  • Seeds
  • Potting soil
  • Tablespoon
  • Water
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