Just because the weather may be getting cooler doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a tasty, fresh salad with your lunch or dinner. Produce you purchase at the store tastes ok but there is nothing like growing your own vegetables. You might think that you don’t have enough room or that you can’t create the appropriate growing conditions for vegetables indoors but even if you don’t have a lot of space it is possible to grow greens, herbs and even mushrooms on your kitchen countertop.
Countertop gardening is becoming increasingly popular and a wide array of self-contained kits are now available for this purpose. Some involve hydroponics and others include grow lights but these kits allow plants to grow faster and make the most of smaller spaces.
There are several advantages to growing your own produce:
- Indoor gardening means fewer pests and less disease which reduces the need for pesticides and fungicides.
- The produce is organic, clean and best of all you know where it came from! It is right there at your fingertips and can be on your plate in no time!
- A countertop garden can help a gardener get through the colder months until spring arrives. It brings some life to your home at the time of year when you need it the most. I call it garden therapy!
So, what plants can you grow on a kitchen countertop? The choices are numerous and might surprise you:
- Greens, Greens, and more Greens! Lettuce is an obvious choice but how about Arugula, Spinach, Kale and even Mustard Greens
- Vegetables-Try growing Radishes and Beets. There are some kits that even offer Cherry Tomato varieties that can be grown indoors.
- Herbs-There are lots of choices here too. Parsley, Cilantro, Basil, Mint, and Thyme are good candidates. You can also try a kit, here is one of our more popular kits. Here are some others we offer.
- Sprouts-These are some of the easiest plants to grow indoors. You can even grow them in a glass jar. Just soak your seeds for a few hours and place them in a glass jar. Fill the jar up about 1/3 of the way with seeds and then fill the rest of the jar with water. Change the water 1 to 2 times a day and the sprouts will be ready to eat in about a week.
- Mushrooms-There are a wide array of kits available that allow you to grow all types of mushrooms including Shiitake, Portabella, and Buttons.
As you can see there are lots of plants you can grow on your kitchen countertop. Why not give this a try in your home this fall and winter!