If you are a complete beginner when it comes to gardening, you may be wondering where to begin. The good news is that anyone can grow at least some of their own food at home, even without a garden or outside space. All you need is some seeds, some containers (you can use household waste for the purpose), water (ideally rainwater) and a sunny windowsill.
Which vegetables you grow is up to you – choose things you like eating as this will give you more incentive to keep going if everything does not quite go according to plan. To give you the best possible chance of success, it is best to stick to vegetables that don't require any specialist gardening knowledge, and which are well-suited to growing indoors. To help you select your seeds, here are five easy vegetables for beginners to grow indoors. Each of the following options are great choices for novice indoors gardeners:
Cut-And-Come-Again Lettuce Mixes
Seed selections with a mix of different loose leaf lettuce varieties are ideal for beginners. These mixes provide a range of leafy vegetables for salads and different varieties can be grown throughout the whole year. One of the fantastic things about these lettuce mixes is that they can be cut and will grow back to be harvested again, offering great value for money. Lettuce is also a very quick growing crop, so you could see rewards in the form of a harvest in as few as four to six weeks.
Asian greens such as mizuna, mibuna and pak choi also all offer easy leafy vegetables for salads and stir fries. There are a number of different types and varieties to choose from, many of which can be very forgiving of any small mistakes you may make early on in your home growing efforts.
Radishes are another easy to grow and quick growing crop that can give great value for money in small spaces on a windowsill or in container growing. If you do grow radishes, don't forget, you can eat the leaves as well as the fiery roots. Plus, if your plants bolt (go prematurely to flower and to seed), you can also gain another abundant harvest from the plants – the seed pods are also edible (and delicious) and just one radish seed can provide a huge number of pods.
If you have not already tasted garden peas straight from the pod, then you will be amazed by how sweet and delicious they are! Give peas something to climb up and you can be rewarded with a fantastic yield for very little effort. If space is very limited, you can also plant peas close together in a window box or another container and harvest while young as pea shoots – these are another fantastic addition to home grown salads and other recipes.
Finally, chard is another fun, attractive and delicious option for beginners to grow indoors. It does not take much looking after, and comes in a wide range of enticing rainbow shades. Chard, like lettuce, can also be cut and will come back to be harvested again.