In Canada, garden enthusiasts are usually restricted to growing food in the garden during the warmer months, generally from April to September.
But just because our weather gets too cold to grow anything outdoors, doesn’t mean you can’t grow them inside. There are several fruits and vegetables you can successfully grow in your home all year long.
Plenty of vegetables do well indoors and are easy to continue growing without re-seeding.
Celery is one great example, and all you have to do is cut off the bottom and place it in soil. The stalks will re-grow over and over again.
The same goes for French onions, onions and lettuce. Place your cuttings in water and they will continue to re-grow. Just make sure to water them every day and you should have new ones within a week or so.
If you have the room for containers or deep pots and get lots of light, you can grow tomatoes and eggplants indoors quite easily. Since they enjoy warmer environments, tend to them as you would outdoors, which means a good fertilizer and daily watering.
Surprisingly, there are a few fruits you can grow indoors through the colder months, and one of the easiest is pineapple. Like celery, all you have to do is cut off the crown and replant it in soil in a deep pot. Like eggplant, pineapples need and thrive in a warm environment.
Other plants that will yield delicious fruit with enough sunlight and warmth include lemon trees, orange trees, avocado trees, and dwarf lime trees.
Grapes, especially dessert grapes, can be grown indoors, providing you have the room for the plants and vines to grow. This may be for the more advanced indoor gardener, but with practice, you can grow grapes indoors all year round.
Like fresh herbs? With some seed packets, pots and gravel, you can grow fresh oregano, basil, chives, parsley and rosemary right on your sunny windowsill.
These are just a few of the things you can grow indoors to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables all year long. Visit your local gardening centre for more tips on growing fresh produce in your own home.
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