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Grow an Indoor Garden

Some easy produce items that you can grow in your home!

by Parents and Kids | Mon, May 22, 2017

By: Connor Bell

So you live in Shanghai, the city of skyscrapers, concrete and very few backyards or gardens. But don’t let the fact that you don’t have a garden stop you from growing your own food! We’ve done some extensive research into some fruits and veggies that can actually thrive in big plant pots indoors. We recommend heading on over to the Caojiadu Flower Market one day with the kids, picking out some unique pots and seeds and heading home to get started on your very own fruit and vegetable indoor garden. Check out some of the easiest produce items to grow in your home.

Tomatoes

Surprisingly, tomatoes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow in pots. They need a lot of sunlight, so be sure to place them where they can get at least 6 hours of sun each day. We recommend trying cherry tomatoes in a medium-large size pot for higher yield.

Beans

Most beans are super easy to grow and you will be able to see your green thumb progress quickly – within a couple weeks! With a big pot (12 inches or deeper) and a strong trellis for a growing structure, you’ll have some home-grown green beans ready to eat in no time!

Peppers & Chillies

If you’re looking for more veggies to grow in large balcony-side containers, try planting some peppers and chillies. They definitely need a lot of sun, the proper soil and frequent fertilizing but you will see a large yield when they start to grow!

Spinach

Spinach is another one that’s really easy to grow in a large pot, in almost any space. It’s super fruitful in shade which makes it perfect for growing indoors or on a windowsill. Grab some smaller pots (6-8 inches deep) and water frequently. You’ll be dining on spinach salad before you know it.

Carrots

Though carrots grow best in cooler weather, if you’ve got an enclosed balcony that stays relatively cool in comparison to the Shanghai summer, you should be a-ok. Carrots need regular watering so that the roots do not dry out, but other than that, they are the perfect space-saving veggie to grow indoors.

Food Scrap Garden

If getting out to the flower market, purchasing pots, soil, fertilizer, seeds and plant seedlings is more than you had in mind for a summer project, no worries! You and the family can still enjoy summer gardening by using your leftover veggies. You will be surprised at how many root vegetables can sprout and grow with very little prep!

Spring Onions/Leeks/Scallions

These root vegetables are super easy and even the most novice gardener won’t have any trouble harvesting them. All you have to do is immerse the leftover roots in a jar of water and wait for it to regrow! Replace the fresh water frequently and you’re good to go.

Time to grow: 3 – 5 days

Celery

Don’t throw away that bottom half of your celery when you’re cooking. Surprisingly, you can reuse this "root" to grow more! Place the bottom half of the stalk in a shallow bowl of warm water and keep the plant in direct sunlight. As soon as you start to see some regrowth, move the plant to soil and you’ll be well on your way to making "ants on a log" for the little ones in no time.

Time to grow: 5 – 10 days

Potatoes

For this one, you’ll need slightly older potatoes. Carefully remove the peelings or a chunk of potato that already has sprouts or "spuds" and let them dry overnight. In the morning, you can transfer to 4 inches of soil with the sprout facing upwards. Once they have started to grow roots, you can replant in potting soil. Then it’s a waiting game.

Time to grow: 10 weeks

Ginger

We love ginger and it goes perfectly with a lot of meals, drinks, and home remedies. Plant a piece of ginger root in potting soil, bud facing up, and water it frequently. Remember that ginger does not enjoy direct sunlight. In no time you’ll have grown more ginger and you can continue to reuse that first root over and over.

Time to grow: 1 – 2 weeks

Onions

Again, these root veggies are super simple to grow. Cut the root off the onion with about one inch of the veggie attached. Cover with soil and, hey presto, you’re done!

Garlic

Though you cannot actually regrow garlic bulbs from leftover garlic, you can grow garlic sprouts which are a wonderful addition to any salad, baked potato or pasta. Simply place a garlic bulb in a small jar and submerge the bulb in water up to half its height. When sprouts start to form, trim ‘em off and add them to your dish!

Time to grow: 7 – 10 days