DIY Superfoods

DIY Superfoods

24 May, 2017
Homegrown Veggies
8 excellent plants you can grow on your windowsill
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Who says you need to have a farm to grow your own produce?
 
With your own garden of fruits and vegetables sitting on your windowsill, you can save yourself the hectic trips and long lines at the supermarket! All you need are: a sunny windowsill, some fertiliser, and the right potting mix—no fancy greenhouse required here!
 
A number of really healthy and nutritious plants can be grown indoors but most of them require well-draining soil, which means the plant’s containers will need a drainage system in the bottom. As long as you manage the water drain well, you are all set for a continuous supply of homegrown natural health goodies right in the heart of your humble abode.
 
Here are 8 great plants that you can grow on your windowsill:
 
Avocados
Avocados are high in vitamins A, E, and B6, and they practically go with anything! You can grow an avocado tree from an avocado pit. You will need a whole lot of patience, but it’s absolutely fun and rewarding. If you’re starting with an avocado pit, you start by drenching the pit in water for weeks before planting it in soil. You can also take the quicker route and purchase a dwarf avocado plant.
 
Carrots
Eh, what’s up, doc? Believe it or not, you can grow this vitamin-mineral-induced vegetable right at home by simply purchasing carrot seeds and a pot or window box that’s about a foot and a half deep and wide. Growing carrots may be tricky since you don’t see what’s going on until you harvest, but with the right soil, cool weather and plenty of water, you can guarantee some sweet and crunchy ones!
 
Lemons
Lemons are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants! You can plant a lemon tree from the seed, or you can purchase a dwarf tree for quicker results. Your container can be clay, ceramic or plastic, and needs to be slightly larger than the root ball of the tree, with drainage holes. Lemons thrive in humidity so it’s important to keep the lemons well watered.
 
Mandarin Oranges
They’re absolutely delicious and sweet and a decent source of antioxidants! Growing mandarin oranges at home are easy and could be life-changing! A dwarf mandarin orange tree grows best in spacious pots and in rich soil. They require a sunny location so make sure you rotate the plant regularly, but they definitely grow well indoors. The trees can grow up to six feet tall, which corresponds to their roots, so it’s important to re-pot when it gets crowded for the plant.
 
Microgreens
Also known as seedlings of herbs and vegetables, microgreens are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, K, and protein. There is a reason we’ve all been told by our elders to “eat our greens”. You can start by getting a variety of seeds—teeny microgreens harvest at a tender stage, so they are perfect for a windowsill garden. Radishes, kale, basil and dill could work. After you’ve soiled them in, cover the seeds with vermiculite, and water with a gentle shower. Upon harvesting the microgreens, make sure you cut them from stem up so you can have a continuous supply.
 
Mushrooms
Full of cancer-fighting compounds, antioxidants and vitamin C, mushrooms are great for those who want to add something healthy to every diet. Mushrooms are slightly more difficult to grow, but they are best grown indoors. You can go manual and purchase mushroom spawn, which is slightly more high-maintenance, or you could purchase a ready-made kit, which is ideal for first-time growers and beginners. Most types of mushrooms prefer darker, cooler climates to grow, but certain types of mushrooms such as Reishi, Maitake, Shiitake and the Oyster grow outdoors in prepared ground or logs, which are a splendid sight!
 
Tomatoes
Ah, the century-long debate on whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable—it doesn’t matter. They taste good, and they’re filled with antioxidants and antiflammatory properties that help prevent coronary heart diseases, what more do you need? Tomatoes grown indoors do not grow to be as large as outdoor tomatoes, but they still taste just as good. If you start one to two new plants from seed every two weeks or so, you can start an endless supply of them. Fill a container with potting mix and plant the seeds about ¼ inch deep. You would have to rotate it regularly for all the plants to get a good share of sun.
 
Spinach
There’s a reason Popeye cannot get enough of this! Spinach is loaded with vitamins A, K, D and E, and a whole host of trace minerals. It’s also an excellent source for omega 3 fatty acids, as well as cancer-fighting antioxidants. Spinach is a cool-season, annual crop that’s easy to grow, so it’s definitely made for your home garden. It thrives in rich organic soil. If the leaves start to become light green, high-nitrogen fertiliser boost will do the trick—but do not overdo it or it will affect the flavour. Kale, Baby’s Leaf Hybrid and Melody are the most popular spinaches to grow at home.
 

By: Ecozine Staff
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