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8 Easy Vegetables & Herbs to Grow Indoors

8 Easy Vegetables & Herbs to Grow Indoors


Indoor vegetable gardens aren’t just for city dwellers! Growing edibles indoors gives you year-round access to seasonal favorites and cuts down on food waste. And, no, we’re not just talking about herbs here! From spicy peppers to aromatic alliums, read on for some of the best — and easiest — vegetables to grow indoors.

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1. Peppers.

As long as you have a warm (at least 75 degrees)  and sunny spot in your home, you can easily grow several types of peppers indoors. Cherry peppers and banana peppers are great indoors, and they like plenty of space, so use a 3-5 gallon container. If you’re new to gardening, you might be better off growing peppers indoors from sprouts, not seeds.

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2. Green Onions.

One of the easiest gardening projects you can imagine! The next time you buy green onions at the supermarket, place the last one inch of them in a jar of water. Fill the jar up when it’s low and cut as needed. If you want to extend their life, plant them in soil and make sure to give them plenty of water.

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3. Radishes.

Radishes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow both indoors and outdoors, and they’re ready to eat in just a few weeks. Keep them in a container that is at least 14 inches wide and place them in a sunny window, but make sure to move them out of the sun on hot days.

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4. Basil.

Herbs are a great introduction to indoor edible gardening. Your basil plant should be in a window, ideally one that faces south, that gets at least 4 hours of direct sunlight each day. If you see your plant starting to wilt, water it. If it’s starting to flower, snip those flowers off to prevent the basil leaves from becoming too bitter.

More Herbs to Grow Indoors:

  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Mint
  • Chives


5. Tomato.

Roma, Tiny Tim, Patio, Pixie  and Small Fry are all fantastic choices for your indoor garden. You’ll need to make sure to place the plants in a south-facing, very sunny window, turning the containers occasionally so the entire plant gets exposed to the light. They won’t grow indoors as successfully as outdoors, but you’ll have plenty of fruit to enjoy in the off-season.


6. Lettuce.

Enjoy fresh salad greens all winter long! Lettuce plants like plenty of sun from south-facing windows. Try leaf lettuce or Tom Thumb lettuce in containers no smaller than 1/2 gallon.

Other Greens:

  • Arugula
  • Microgreens
  • Swiss Chard


7. Garlic.

One of the best things about growing garlic indoors is year-round access to green garlic, the mild green shoots! Start off with a head of garlic, a large (at least 8 inches per clove, but the bigger, the better) pot, and a spot with plenty of sun and air circulation. You’ll need to water every other day.


8. Parsley (And Cilantro!).

Place your plants in a south-facing window that gets direct sunlight for 6-8 hours each day. Parsley doesn’t need as much space as cilantro, which requires about a 10 inch depth and an 18 inch width. Water on a regular schedule, letting the soil get a little dry before each watering.

Read more: Basics, Eating for Health, Eco-friendly tips, Food, Green, Green Kitchen Tips, Lawns & Gardens, Nature, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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1:36AM PST on Jan 9, 2015

Just be carefull when you put mint in with other herbs mint tends to take over everything

12:01AM PDT on Sep 23, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

I'm going to try to grow some garlic

4:41AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014


9:57AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Ok, thank you!

3:57AM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

I want to grow food but have a black thumb

10:48AM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

10:33AM PDT on Aug 13, 2014

Awesome. Thanks Katie.

10:04AM PDT on Aug 13, 2014


12:58AM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

Thank you for sharing!

8:18AM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

very good ideas

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