Growing your own food sounds pretty interesting but most people consider it a difficult and demanding task, but they fail to realize all the benefits this brings. You will know exactly what you’re eating, without worrying about GMO, pesticides and chemicals store bought vegetables and fruit usually contain. You too can become a gardener and grow your own supply of fruits, veggies and spices and you don’t even need a garden to do it. Many plants can be grown in containers, at home or on a balcony and we’ll show you which ones are the easiest to start with.
At first you can start with strawberries, tomatoes, basil, peppers, spinach, kale, mesclun and chard, they require minimal effort and are excellent for beginners. You’ll eat healthy, organic food without having to spend hundreds of dollars. You just need to find the appropriate container, seeds or starter plants and learn how to do it right.
Here’s a list which can help you determine which plants are super easy to grow, even in an urban environment. If you don’t have a garden but want to try and grow something at home this is the perfect article for you.
Tree fruits (including apples)
- Apples can grow in a container, on the balcony or another limited space. This method is called espaliering.
If you’re a beginner citrus fruits are excellent for you because they can easily be grown indoors. You don’t have to be an experienced gardener to have fresh, home-grown oranges and lemons.
- Meyer lemons
- Dwarf oranges
The real surprises
- Aloe Vera
- Herbs for tea
- Hops (the ‘spice’ ingredient in beer is pretty easy to grow)
- Sweet peppers
- Hot peppers
- Summer squash
- Other squashes, such as pumpkin and acorn
- Golden midget watermelon
- Small cantaloupe
- Jenny Lind melon
You’ve probably heard already that almost every herb can be grown indoors without much trouble. But if you’re considering mixing herbs in a single container you should probably look up which herbs co-habitat together. Some can drain all the water and can cause the others to dry out.
- Swiss chard
- Mesclun greens
- Lettuces (from micro-greens to head or loose-leaf)
- Collard greens
- Mustard greens
Other healthy sounding stuff
- More sprouts: lentil sprouts and mung bean
- Sugar snap peas
- Pole beans
- Jerusalem artichoke
- Asparagus (some say that it doesn’t thrive in a container. You should try it out if you are willing to risk it)
Bonus plant: loofah (but it’s still better to grow it in a garden if you have one, instead of in a container).
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