Hey, guys off late I’ve been looking for some easy to grow vegetables at home in pots at our kitchen options such as spices, vegetables, and herbs that are very simple to grow and do not require much effort.
So what we’re going to do today is I’m going to look for vegetable options at home to grow in pots in our kitchen for which you don’t have to go out anywhere these are going to be spices, they’re going to be some vegetable scraps and apart from this article every seven days or so I will try and do an update on these edibles so that you can also grow them with me.
1. Wheat Grass
The first on my list is something very hassle-free, simple to grow ‘wheatgrass’. What I find interesting about this plant is that it’s been called a superfood because of its benefits for people with diabetes, slow metabolism, weak immunity, and generally, it’s shown to be very beneficial for your body system.
So how you can grow these vegetables at home in pots? First, start with any kind of wheat grains of any variety. If you don’t have pots you can also use takeaway boxes of sweets.
Just make some drainage holes fill them with soil and add grains in any fashion and now cover this with a centimeter of soil. I really want you guys to give it a try, so if you don’t even have soil you can use tissue paper.
Make one layer as the base, put the greens on it, and cover with another layer of tissue paper. After that water it.
They will start sprouting within two to three days and you have to harvest them when you see the stage of jointing. Now, what is jointing? It’s the stage when you see two leaves, so one leaf is coming out of the second leaf.
At this time the sugar content in the wheatgrass is the maximum. Clip a bunch of them and put it in a blender.
Add water and blend it. And then you can drink it as a shot, a medicinal shot. I don’t think it has a great taste. It’s sort of weird! but just think of it as a medicine and give it a try.
You can also harvest the same wheatgrass about two to three times. Beyond three times its sugar content really goes down and it’s very hard. So I recommend that do not use it after the third time of clipping.
The second edible on my list is Garlic. The most important tip — is to choose the biggest looking cloves. Now since we are facing a lockdown I would suggest that do not go outside, try this out with just four to five cloves and if it works out within three to four months, you can give it another try.
So what you have to do is put these cloves vertically in the soil. You can see the upper part and the lower part of the garlic clove in the above picture. Keep in mind that the lower part is the part from which the roots are going to come out.
Make sure that you grow vegetables in the soil about three to four inches deep at home in pots and place the pot in a Sunny place. You can water in two to three days.
Now one important thing to note is that I stay in Maharashtra, and in Maharashtra garlic has grown both as a Rabi and a Kharif crop (The Kharif season is from July to October, and Rabi season from October to March). Essentially implying that I can grow it mostly around the year.
If you staying in states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Gujarat where it doesn’t get extremely hot, you can grow garlic in these months as well.
But if you are staying in states such as Haryana, Punjab, Delhi, and Utter Pradesh, or any of the northern states even in West Bengal where it gets extremely hot in these months I would recommend that try growing garlic only in September or October.
But don’t be sad there are other vegetables at home that you can grow in pots like garlic. The problem is right now I do not have it ready to be sown it’s potato (aloo).
As you can see there are not any eyes grown on the potatoes. So the thing with potato is that you can grow it when you have those green sprouts coming out of the potatoes.
Essentially that’s the only thing which you require to sow potatoes. So I’m going to keep a couple of them separately which are showing the potential that they might grow an eye (the node) and then I will show you how you can go about it.
4. Carrots and Radishes
The next plants on my list are carrots and radishes. Cut the radish from the top keeping 2 to 3 centimeters of it and directly plant them in soil.
It’s good to keep a distance of 4 to 5 inches if you’re growing multiple radishes.
For carrots, you can repeat the same thing. Cut the carrot a few centimeters away from the top and directly plant them in soil.
what I am doing is I’m actually growing the radish and carrot together, and the reason I’m doing that is that helps to repel soil insects.
One thing I would like to clarify for growing radishes or carrots this way is that it does not mean that you can grow one radish from another radish that’s not going to happen what we are essentially doing is that we are going to route this carrot or this radish, so this piece of carrot is going to develop roots then this time is going to flower or bloom and develop seeds, now it’s gonna be if it’s not a hybrid if it’s a desi or an heirloom variety only then.
Now, these seeds are going to be viable and you can use these seeds to grow more radishes and carrots. Now there’s a lot of website content that gives an impression that you can grow a radish out of a radish.
But that’s not true! this way you can not grow radishes, now even if you don’t have the heirloom variety and you don’t know what kind of carrot or radish you have and what kind of plant is going to come out of it, then also at least you’ll have a beautiful fern kind of plant coming out of it, even if it doesn’t bloom or develop seeds at least you will have a nice pretty looking plant.
So you can definitely give them a try.
5. Coriander and Fenugreek
The next two vegetables you can grow at home in pots on my list are coriander and fenugreek. I highly encourage you to try them out trust me these are two very simple to grow edibles and when you grow edibles you experience that joy, Right! that you grew it and then you can actually eat it.
Even if you don’t have big pots, if you just have those disposable boxes, you can try it out with them as well.
And what you need to do is for coriander, break the outer covering of the coriander seeds (Dhania). A little with some pressure. For fenugreek, you don’t have to do this step and just spread the seeds in any kind of soil.
So actually to grow these vegetables at home in same pots where I put garlic cloves, I’m gonna spread the fenugreek seeds.
Now I haven’t tried this before, but logically to me, it does make sense that these seeds should work out fine because, fenugreek (methi) will grow within a month or so, and they also have very shallow roots.
But garlic which has sown about four inches deep is going to be growing very slow. They take about five to six months to grow into a complete bulb of garlic.
So at least for a month, I can use the same pots at home to grow vegetables that are methi or fenugreek in it. now this is completely experimental I’ve never tried it before. We’ll see how this turns out.
But my inspiration was actually the multi-layer farming that farmers do. If you haven’t looked it up, Google — what is multi-layering or mixed farming?
It’s really interesting! how they use a small patch of land to grow a lot of edibles. So that’s the idea behind it.
And for coriander as well what I’m doing is, I’m using the same pot at home where I’m growing brinjal then we just spread the coriander seeds and cover it with an inch layer of soil.
The seventh plant on my list is mint.
- Take a stem of mints that you will get from a grocery shop.
- Make a cut at the node of the stem.
- Node is essentially that part of the stem from which multiple leaves are coming out and now why we’re making a cut only on the node is because at this part if you make a cut, then it will release a rooting hormone which helps to develop roots when you put the stem in water.
Tip: — Keep 2 to 3 leaves on the steam.
now within four to five days or so your stem should start showing roots some stems. Might not show roots, but if you start with at least 8 to 10 stems, you will have at least 4 to 5 of them showing roots.
After 7 days when I do an update for this article, I will show you how you can grow these mint vegetables at home in pots in soil.
A lot of times it happens that with mint they do develop roots but when you put them in the soil they die. The reason for this is that the plant undergoes shock.
It was very easily growing in the water everything was alright but then suddenly you put it outdoors in soil and this shock leads to the death of some stems.
So once our stems have rooted I will share with you how you can make sure that they grow well into a completely new plant.
My opinion on growing vegetables at home in pots…
I hope you do try out these ideas they’re very easy to grow vegetables in pots at home and you will find most of these things in your kitchen. Every 7 days or so I will try to share an update on how these plants are doing and what are the difficulties that I’m facing with them.
They will need:
- 4–5 hours of direct sunlight.
- water when the soil looks dry.
- well-draining soil.
- minimum 3–4 inches of deep pots.
- fertilizer or compost every month.
So we can exchange notes you can comment down here. also if you want to share some more information about how to grow vegetables at home in pots, the comment section is free! And I will be very happy to share your info with our gardener family thank you so much for reading!