How to grow your own fruit and veg indoors

An easy guide for beginners:

There is nothing better than picking your own produce, you won’t believe how much better it tastes too. We’ve put together a list of fruit, vegetables and herbs that you can grow on indoors – so whatever your circumstances you can get planting.

What tools you need…

  • A selection of varying sized pots – If you don’t have pots, you can use old plastic containers to start with or wooden wine boxes
  • Trays to put under the pots, so when you water them the water doesn’t leak through and ruin whatever surface you have them on
  • Soil – peat-free grow bags or similar is the most ideal, but any type of fresh compost (the moister the better)
  • Seeds
  • A trowel (of you can use your hands, but it may get a little messy)

What you can grow indoors…

Vegetables:

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Ginger
  • Tomatoes (although technically a fruit – for these you’ll need a lot of space horizontally and a cane for support)
  • Chilies
  • Tender herbs such as basil, coriander, mint, and lemongrass

Fruit:

  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Apricots
  • Peaches
  • Figs

Herbs/microgreens: (these need lot of bright light, so best placed on a window sill)

  • Basil
  • Coriander
  • Mint
  • Chives
  • Lemongrass
  • Watercress
  • Dill
  • Cabbage

Potting

If you have an actual plant (not seed), then fill a pot with 1/3 soil, place your plant in and fill the soil up around until there is a small gap at the top of the pot.

If you have seeds, fill the pot 2/3 and pop the seeds much closer to the top then fill over with soil until, again, there is a small gap at the top of the pot.

Press the top of the soil so the plant/seeds stay in position.

Top tip – when filling your pots, add in a few rocks/broken bits of brick/stone in the bottom before you pile on your soil, to help drain out the water (so they don’t sit in a pool of water at any point).

Where to position them?

Place them in sunny spots – where they will get the sun for about 5-hours of the day, so probably on the windowsill or near to.

If you can, and you do have outdoor space, they can be eased into the outdoors… i.e. first leave them out for an hour, then a few hours, then after two weeks (if the weather is mild) you can leave them out overnight.

Temperature

Most indoor plants like between 15-22 degrees Celsius, although younger plants can bear a little warmer.

How often do they need water?

Plants in pots and containers will dry out much quicker than those that are grown in the ground, so they need to be watered regularly – once a day. It’s important to make sure they aren’t left drowning in water though.

Basically, if the soil feels dry to touch, water it. Ideally, the soil will be slightly damp continually.

If possible, get a fine spray watering can – this is the easiest way to water your plants without going overboard.