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4 Ways to Grow Edible Plants Indoors

Try these simple methods for growing herbs, vegetables and sprouts indoors, and make the smallest windowsill feel like the largest outdoor garden.

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Don’t have a garden, but still want to grow your own edibles? These simple, wallet-friendly ideas can turn your balcony or windowsill into a prime growing spot and keep you “in the green” year-round.

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1. Grow Some Herbs

1. Grow Some Herbs

Fill your flowerpots with decorative greens instead of short-lived blooms. Grow colourful chard, curly chicory and fresh herbs to ensure a plentiful supply of ingredients for delicious salads. Or consider edible flowers, such as pansies, to use as garnishes.

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2. Hang Some Vegetables

2. Hang Some Vegetables

Take sturdy reusable plastic shopping bags, poke a few holes in them for drainage and some small slits in the sides for aeration, and fill with organic potting mix. Plant tomato, pepper or even endive plants in the bags, then hang them in a sunny spot, preferably near a window. Water often to keep the soil nice and moist – over a sink in case of dripping.

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3. Can Some Greens

3. Can Some Greens

Turn empty food cans into a herb garden. Wash the cans and paint them in pretty colours. Fill them with soil and use them to grow a selection of sweet-smelling herbs on a sunny windowsill.

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 4. Jar Some Sprouts

4. Jar Some Sprouts

Sprout a jar of goodness. Simply soak a few tablespoons of seeds, beans or grains in a muslin-covered glass jar. Drain the water and refill the jar twice daily and shoots will emerge within a few days. Add your sprouts to salads for extra nutrition and crunch.