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No Garden? Here Are 66 Things You Can Grow At Home In Containers

posted in Home & Garden
05/31/2015
  • Growing your own food is exciting, not only because you get to see things grow from nothing into ready-to-eat fruits and veggies, but you also don’t have to worry about the pesticides they might contain, and you definitely cut down on the miles they—and you—have to travel.

  • As it turns out, with pretty minimal effort, anyone can be a gardener. My boyfriend and I are essentially first-timers this season and so far have the beginnings of strawberries peeking out, tomatoes are on their way, the basil’s about ready for a big batch of pesto, and once the last frost hits, the peppers, kale, spinach, chard, and mesclun will be on their way, too. All on a tiiiny little terrace (with the help of a little DIY carpentry).

  • If you’re up to the challenge—and it really isn’t much of one—growing your own food can be so rewarding. And so much cheaper! Just be sure to choose the right planter or container, learn how to maintain it properly, and go find yourself some seeds! (Or starter plants.)
    Like this idea? Be sure to check out these 6 Crazy Concepts for Micro Gardens That Actually Work to get inspiration for designing your own garden in a small space.

    Here’s a starter list of all the crazy things even urban gardeners, without space for a garden, can grow at home.

  • Tree fruits – including apples

    1. Apples can be grown in a container; you can also grow them on the balcony or other small space using a technique called espaliering.
    2. Kumquats
    3. Avocados (plenty of extra tips online if you search)
    4. Blackberries
    5. Blueberries (sometimes helpful videos are available online)
    6. Pomegranate
    7. Cherries
    8. Figs
    9. Pears

  • Citrus fruits

    Citrus trees in particular are said to be good for beginning gardeners and are easy to grow indoors, so don’t let inexperience or lack of outdoor space stop you from enjoying fresh-picked, hyper-local fruit.
    10. Dwarf oranges
    11. Grapefruit
    12. Tangerines
    13. Meyer lemons
    14. Limes

  • Tropical fruits

    Tropical fruits can also be surprisingly easy to grow indoors, even in non-tropical climates. Such as…

    15. Bananas (look for container gardening tips online)
    16. Pineapple
    17. Papaya
    18. Guavas (several varieties)

  • The real surprises

    19. Hops—yes, as in the “spice” ingredient in beer. Turns out they’re easy to grow!
    20. Aloe Vera
    21. Strawberries
    22. Tea (well, herbal tea)
    23. Quinoa!

  • The non-surprises

    24. Tomatoes
    25. Summer squash
    26. Other squashes, like acorn and pumpkin
    27. Hot Peppers
    28. Sweet peppers
    29. Cucumbers

  • Melons

    30. Small cantaloupe
    31. Jenny Lind melon (an heirloom cantaloupe)
    32. Golden Midget Watermelon

  • Herbs

    Just about any herb grows well indoors—just be sure that if you’re going to do any container-sharing, you do your research first about which herbs co-habitate well together. (Some will hog water, for example, and leave the others dried out.)

    33. Basil
    34. Oregano
    35. Parsley
    36. Rosemary
    37. Chives
    38. Catnip
    39. Thyme
    40. Sage
    41. Parsley

  • Leafy Greens

    42. Kale
    43. Mesclun greens
    44. Spinach
    45. Swiss chard
    46. Lettuces (plenty of options there, from micro-greens to head or loose-leaf)
    47. Mustard greens
    48. Collard greens
    49. Arugula

  • Root Vegetables

    50. Carrots
    51. Beets
    52. Potatoes

  • Other healthy-sounding stuff

    53. Sprouts
    54. More sprouts: mung bean and lentil sprouts
    55. Wheatgrass
    56. Kohlrabi
    57. Turnips
    58. Rutabagas
    59. Celeriac
    60. Parsnips
    61. Jerusalem Artichoke
    62. Sugar snap peas
    63. Rhubarb (not ideal in a container, but it can work)
    64. Mushrooms (again, more tips online if you look)
    65. Pole Beans
    66. Aaaand… asparagus, although some disagree that it does well in a container. Try it if you’re ok with a risk!

  • Bonus 67: You can grow your own loofah, too, but you’d need a garden rather than a container for that.

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