More time at home provides a great opportunity to grow delicious edible plants and spring is the perfect time of year to make a start. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Start with a bunch of organic celery
- Cut off the end and place the bottom in an inch of water in good natural light
- Change the water every couple of days, making sure the root stays submerged
- Once the springs are about an inch long you can replant it in potting soil, keeping all the emerging leaves and stalks above the soil
- Keep the soil moist, but not wet and watch it grow
- Remember you can harvest the leaves to eat in soups and salads
Herbs: Rosemary, Thyme and Sage
- All amazing for cooking, as well as for respiratory ailments when diffused or boiled and inhaled
- Grow from seeds, from starter plants or by propagating cuttings
- Potting soil mixed with a small amount of sand works well for rosemary
- Make sure the soil is alkaline
- Place in a sunny area with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day
- Only water when the topsoil is dry to the touch
- Plant seeds about ¼ inch deep in starter mix, then transfer to potting soil after they have germinated and grown to approximately 3” tall
- Add organic fertilizer regularly
- Make sure they are supported with stakes so that the stems don’t droop and break as the tomatoes get juicy and heavier when they ripen
Citrus Fruits: Mandarins & Lemons
- Lemons and Mandarins like a lot of sunlight each day (8-12 hours if possible) and temperatures from 55-85’F / 12-30’C (no cold nights!)
- Soil drainage is really important and they like a slightly acidic soil environment (like a loam based potting mix)
- Water often, but don’t over-do it
- Misting the leaves helps keep the air moist and the lemon tree happy
- In 6-9 months you’ll have delicious lemons to harvest!
- Find a dwarf avocado plant (they are notoriously hard to grow from seed!)
- Choose either a hass or the larger greener skinned fruit varietal
- Make sure your pot has sand as well as pebbles in the bottom for drainage
- Water regularly, but don’t overdo it
- Keep it well-trimmed, and in a nice sunny part of the house
With any plants, there are some helpful hints for growing plants indoors:
Position plants in the perfect place for light - sunniest spots are usually the best, but you can also invest in some grow lights if necessary. Some plants are averse to lots of direct sunlight, so make sure to read the seeds / seedlings information carefully.
Choose a good potting mix - the better your mix, the better the plant growth. Choose one that’s organic, and all-purpose is a good all-round match for most plants.
Make space for drainage - plants generally don’t like water-clogged roots. Choose a pot with drainage holes or add stones in the bottom of the pot, before adding the soil, so that the water can drain through the soil, helping it to dry out a bit in between watering.