The stale vegetables that you buy from the market are poisoning your system, and are blamed to be one of the reasons behind the outbreak of different kinds of diseases, especially cancer. Pesticide laden stale vegetables are harmful for everybody. To stay healthy you need to take fresh vegetable that have preferably been grown organically.
However that is impossible unless you have your own backyard vegetable garden. However, even if you do not have a backyard or a rooftop garden, you can grow some veggies. There are some which you can grow indoors too. Let us explore top 16 edible plants you can grow indoors.
Avocados are full of Vitamins E and B6, vitamin A and healthy fats. Taking one avocado a day can take care of much of the nutritional requirements of your family. It is also suggested to be anticancer in nature.
How to Grow
The best practice is to get a dwarf avocado plant from the nursery. Take a large, well-drained pot and add some sand at the bottom of the pot. Now feel it with regular potting mix and plant the tree. Water it regularly while making sure that the soil around the tree is not waterlogged.
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals including folate, manganese, potassium and cartenoids which are said to be very good for the eyes.
How To Grow
Get some carrot seeds from the market and a window box with small holes at the bottom. The box should be large enough – at least one and a half foot in each dimension. Now fill the box with a humus-rich potting mix upto an inch from the top of the box. Now plant the seeds in rows taking care to see that seeds are at least one inch apart from each other. Press the seeds into soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil.
Sprouts are the simplest edible plants to grow inside. You can get various kinds of nutritious sprouts such as broccoli, bean, sunflower, gram, alfalfa etc. They also do not need much light to grow.
How To Grow
Take a jar and place the seeds at the bottom. Now pour water just to submerge the seeds. Do not cover the seeds entirely. Let them soak in water overnight and drain the water in the morning. Rinse the jar twice a day until the sprouts begin to appear.
Some kinds of lettuce can also be grown inside pots if these are kept in south facing façades of the house with ample sunlight. It needs fertile and moist, but well drained soil to grow.
Some varieties of miniature oranges can also be grown inside pots. You have to buy dwarf plants and plant them in well drained pots receiving ample sunlight.
It is good to have a garlic plant at home since the spice has a host of medicinal benefits. It is antibiotic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory et al. Sow garlic bulbs in potting soil within a four-inch pot with ample number of small holes at the bottom.
Lemons are known to be superfood in view of its antioxidant and vitamin C content.
How to Grow
Get a dwarf lemon plant from the nursery and plant it in a well-drained and large pot so that the roots get plenty of room to grow, the soil is moist and branches are warm.
Tomato is one of the most abundant of vegetables in terms of vitamin C. Regular intake of tomato can prevent a lot of diseases and keep you in vibrant health. Tomato plants are supple in nature, so they need to be supported. You should also pluck off the extra shoots that grow between the nodes. The plant also needs to be sprayed with a pollinating spray to help it bear fruit.
Pepper contains capsaicin, a chemical with a lot of health benefits. It stimulates blood circulation, helps in reducing cholesterol and does a lot of other unsung goods to the body. To grow pepper at home take a sturdy plastic bag, puncture a few holes around the bottom area along with some slits on the sides for aeration. Now fill half of the bag with organic potting mix and sprinkle some pepper seeds. Let the potting mix be just moist.
Beans are a nutritious lot. It can take care of much of your protein requirements.
How To Grow
Beans need ample sunlight to grow and humus-rich, moist, but well-drained soil to grow. You also need to provide multiple support to the creeper so that it can hold the beans.
Mushrooms are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, protein and antioxidants. It can also be grown easily at home. There are kits available in the market to grow mushroom. Buy one such kit and grow mushroom.
Greens are an excellent source of vitamin C, fibers, chlorophyll and other elements beneficial for health.
How To Grow
Get the seeds of green plant that you desire to have. Select a tray with small holes at the bottom of the tray and fill it with potting mix. Moisten it with water taking care not to make it too soggy. Now sow the seeds in the tray.
This veggie is full of vitamins and other nutrients vital for the body. Get spinach saplings from the local nursery. Now select a plantar box with small holes at the bottom and fill it with potting mix. Poke holes on the soil four inches apart and plant the saplings. Do not make the soil too moist.
It is said that scallions have anti-cancer properties. It may protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals. Growing scallions is also very easy. Just buy some scallion bulbs and put them in a glass filled with water upto one inch. Keep the glasses in full sunlight.
Though basil cannot be used as a food, it certainly can be used as a medicine. It is useful in treating cough and cold and some other ailments. Get a medium-sized pot with several small holes at the bottom, fill it with potting mix and plant a starter basil sapling on the pot. The plant does not need much tending.