In addition to sprouts and green cabbage, micro greens, lettuce, and leafy vegetables are best for growing indoors. Lettuce and plucked salads, but also Pak Choi or Swiss chard can be grown in pots. Even the leaves of sweet potatoes can be used in the kitchen, as Carolin Engwert reports. However, the blogger advises growing the plants yourself from organic tubers when it comes to sweet potatoes.
Because sweet potatoes are also offered as ornamental plants, but they should not be eaten. However, if you let the potatoes grow from a tuber, you sometimes need patience. Cherry and cocktail tomatoes can also be grown in living spaces.
Tip: plant lettuce with a root ball
In supermarkets, salad with a root ball is sometimes offered. These salads can be planted in a pot. If you only harvest the outer leaves gradually, the plant can continue to grow a little. The salad enjoyment lasts longer. Incidentally, such a freshly planted salad is also a nice souvenir as an alternative to the wine bottle. Very large and lush climbing vegetables – pumpkin, zucchini or large tomato varieties, for example, are unsuitable.
Even very demanding, light-hungry cultures lead to garden frustration rather than garden pleasure in the house. And indoors, of course, there are no insects as pollinators, which is why you may have to help. Gentle shaking helps with pollination, for example.
Water spinach and co.: Edible exotic species for the room garden
Citrus plants are a classic among potted plants for the house. You don’t need to expect a rich harvest of sweet and sour fruits. Carolin Engwert has discovered a very special plant for herself: the kaffir lime (Citrus hystrix). Their leaves are used as a spice in Asian cuisine. Water spinach (Ipomoea Aquatica) is also a common vegetable in Asia. Carolin Engwert grows it in a pot and swears by the green leafy vegetables.
It can be seasoned and steamed, steamed or seared. Advantage: The plant is easy to care for, only needs sufficient moisture. It can be harvested all season long. The blogger also has green cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) because the leaves have a light cinnamon aroma and, according to her, are suitable for tea. Another tip from the indoor gardener: Jamaican thyme (Plectranthus amboinicus).
The fleshy leaves of the uncomplicated potted plant are used in the kitchen. But be careful, the taste should be tested first, some don’t like it.
All the equipment you need for indoor harvest
Plants need enough light, water, nutrients and the right comfortable temperature to thrive. A very bright, south-facing window may be sufficient. In majority of cases, however, a plant light is advisable. It provides the necessary red and blue components of the light spectrum without the plants would wither.
The plants should not stand or hang on or directly above the heater. Water is used with a ball shower, a homemade mini watering can and a spray bottle. To prevent rot and mold, the plant pots and bowls need small holes in the ground to allow water to drain off. Germ-free, nutrient-poor and finely crumbly seed or herb soil helps germinate and grow. Depending on the type of plant, the right fertilizer is important. Keeping plants moist: A plant wick helps with watering.
Watering young plants and herbs can be made easier with a “plant wick”. To do this, an absorbent cord is simply pulled through a hole in the bottom of an empty pot. After the potty has been filled and planted, it can be placed over a water glass.
The cord sucks the water out of the glass up into the substrate in the plant pot. The plant is comfortably supplied with liquid – also practical if there is no time to water for a few days. However, the water in the glass should be changed and topped up regularly.