Container Herb and Vegetable Garden

I want to grow herbs and vegetables on my windowsills and deck. I don’t have a yard at present, so I’m going to try container gardening. I can sit pots and boxes on the sills and deck. I can also attach rows of containers to the deck railings, sit pots on shallow shelves,  and make bottle towers out of stacked 1-liter soda bottles (minus the bottoms) filled with soil. If you feed and water the plants well, you can grow quite a bit in a small space.

indoor-garden2The deck will work during spring, summer and fall. There will be small pots for shallower roots and bigger pots for deeper roots. I’ll start with butter, green leaf and romaine lettuces and then try spinach, Cavolo Nero (aka Lacinato or Dinosaur kale) and garlic. There are short varieties of carrots to try. I can place a tall open-back shelving unit indoors in front of a big sunny window and grow food during the winter. I want to grow flat-leaf parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, (hello Simon and Garfunkel), tarragon, oregano, garlic, onions, Thai or Holy basil for curries, and Genovese Basil for pesto. I wonder if ginger, galangal and turmeric will grow.

growing-microgreensYou can grow microgreens indoors under full spectrum lights without soil,  year round. You must keep the seeds moist. They take two weeks from seed to harvest, and are richer in nutrients than their full grown counterparts. You can grow many different veggies as microgreens. Some microgreen veggies are not edible, so always check before growing any type of veggie. I’m going to try mustard, radish, broccoli, and peas first. The picture (above) is a full sized flat. I’m going to start with a half sized flat.

You can add a handful of microgreens, rinsed and drained, to a salad. I know people who whizz some up in their morning blender smoothies and say that you taste the fruit and not the greens. I can also see sprinkling microgreens on top of cooked dishes along with chopped herbs like cilantro, parsley or dill.

Do you grow herbs and vegetables in containers or indoors? What do you grow and how do you do it? How do you use them?

 

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