Cold Outside? No problem. These 10 Indoor Plants Will Add Flavor to Your Holiday Feast



Indoor Plants

If you’re looking for a kick to your typical holiday meal, turn to your garden window to add some zest to your food this festive season. Instead of settling for bland and boring meals this winter, here are 10 indoor plants to grow in your garden window:

1. Carrots

Carrots are sweet vegetables that blend with a variety of holiday dishes. You can grow baby carrots in nearly any size container, but a pot that is at least 8 inches deep works best. Standard carrots need at least 10-12 inches to grow, and be sure that your soil is good quality and filled within an inch of the top of the pot.

2. Avocado

avocado Who doesn’t love fresh avocado? Since standard avocado trees can reach 80 feet in height, you’ll want to work with something on the smaller side that fits in your garden window. Plant your tree in an unglazed terra cotta pot that is 10 inches across and twice as deep as the tree’s roots. Use a compost blended soil mixed with sand for best results.

3. Garlic Greens

Growing garlic greens indoors is quick and simple. Simply plant three or four cloves in a pot with good quality potting soil. Sit them in your garden window to get plenty of sunlight and water them lightly. They’ll be ready to go in just 7-10 days.

4. Lemons

lemons Add some zest to your holiday meals with some lemon. Citrus trees require 8-12 hours of sunlight every day. It’s also best to plant your lemon trees with a slightly acidic all-purpose mix.

5. Mandarin Oranges

Want juicy oranges on demand? Plant mandarin oranges in your garden window this winter. These oranges need a roomy pot with rich and well-drained soil. It also needs a sunny location with lots of sunlight, just like lemon trees.

6. Microgreens

Microgreens are a great substitute for lettuce or other cooking greens. You can use a simple seed starting tray that you can find at nearly any garden center. You can also grab just about any potting mix or garden soil. These plants are very easy to grow.

7. Tomatoes

fresh tomatoes Garden window tomatoes will thrive in 6-inch pots with good potting soil. Occasionally turn the plants so it gets equal amounts of sunlight on all sides.

8. Herbs

Growing an indoor herb garden is easy and fun. Herbs need as much natural light as possible where they can get at least 4 hours of sun per day. Windows that face south or southeast work best.

9. Salad Greens

For salad greens, use soil that’s blended for seed starting and use a container that measures around 4”x6”. It’s recommended that you use florescent light for these plants for best results. They need 14 hours of light per day.

10. Scallions

scallions Scallions are fun and easy to grow because they can grow almost indefinitely. By filling a mason jar with water, you can put the roots of old scallions into the jar and you’ll have a new plant within a week. Be sure to change the water every few days.

No matter what type of plant you choose to grow in your garden window this winter, we hope these quick tips help you get started.