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Can I grow vegetables indoors year round?

Last Updated: 30th January, 2020

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Our comprehensive guide makes it possible to grow healthy, productive plants indoors year round. Dig in! When the winter blahs set in and you're dreaming of fresh greens from your summer garden, consider growing indoors. Plants don't need to take up much space — a windowsill is fine if that's all you have.

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Herein, can you grow vegetables inside your home?

Yes, it is possible to grow vegetables inside during the cold months or just because you lack outdoor space. However, it's not the easiest way to garden and you shouldn't expect huge yields. The biggest challenges of growing edibles indoors are low light and a lack of pollinating insects and wind.

Also, can you grow green beans indoors? When growing green beans indoors, it is best to plant the bush bean variety as they are smaller and grow better in containers. Green beans require full sunlight so when keeping indoors in containers they should be placed in a sunroom or near a window that receives at least six hours of sunlight a day.

Subsequently, one may also ask, can you grow tomatoes indoors all year round?

The good news is: you can try growing a tomato plant indoors, all year long. With good artificial lighting or a bright enough window, you can grow tomatoes indoors, even in the wintertime. If you grow your own, you can have perfect tomatoes, even in the middle of winter.

Can you leave a plant in the container it came in?

The plants may have been in the pots for a year or more. Even with containers that claim to be biodegradable, University of Tennessee Cooperative Extension advises removing the plant before planting. Examine root clusters gently and prune them if the roots have wrapped around each other or appear crowded in the pot.

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Can you grow vegetables out of season?

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Can you grow anything indoors?

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How can I grow vegetables indoors without soil?

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Can you grow tomatoes indoors in winter?

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Can you grow cucumbers indoors?

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What vegetables should I start indoors?

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What vegetables can I grow inside during the winter?

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How much light do indoor vegetables need?

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How do I start an indoor vegetable garden?

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How do I winter my indoor garden?

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Do tomato plants like coffee grounds?

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