Lately, our awareness of the negative effects of industrialized crop production and artificial farming has increased. But for so long, and especially if you live in the city, it’s been a comfortable routine for you to buy your vegetables from your local supermarket.
The foods are usually packaged in plastics, with no real knowledge of what farm they came from or what methods were employed while farming and harvesting them.
The problem of pesticides, chemicals, and other harmful materials is rampant within the farmed food industry. This is why you may feel motivated to source your essential greens elsewhere.
I am actually making a lot of vegetables in the garden. This is a recent picture of some onions that I harvested yesterday:
The feeling of serving fresh veggies from the garden to guests and family members is wonderful. If you want to read more about how I grow my vegetables at home and make sure that my house is as eco-friendly as possible, feel free to read this article. I have done this for several years already, so might even learn a thing or two! 🙂
But if you don’t have a trusted organic source nearby, what’s the solution?
There are so many ways you can make your home a sustainable, green area, no matter what size it is. All you need to do is find a sunny area, and follow a few steps so you can procure your own veggies in a clean and trustworthy way.
Table of Contents
- So what are my chances of growing vegetables during winter?
- Spring Onions
- Garlic and ginger
- Are there any other vegetables that you can consider growing during winter?
So what are my chances of growing vegetables during winter?
You may think there isn’t much you can do in terms of gardening during winter, but there are quite a few tasty greens that you can easily grow, and we’ve compiled a handy guide for you.
Spring onions are an easy, quick to grow winter vegetable that you can grow over winter in just under two weeks. All you have to do is purchase sprouted onion shallots from the farmer’s market and place them in a pot, making sure to give each shallot enough space. Regular watering with outdoor exposure would be pretty much enough to grow a handful of spring onions every couple of weeks during winter and mostly all through the year. There are several types of shallots (sprouted and unsprouted, etc.), so make sure you do some research before starting off.
This crop is a global favorite for its richness in vitamins and nutrients. You can grow spinach in your home indoors or outdoors, and it has a pretty quick harvest period of about 3 to 4 weeks. All you need to do is make sure it’s well exposed to air and that the pots are not too close together.
Make sure to cut the leaves regularly once they’ve grown to avoid ruining it. Spinach seeds can be found in most stores, and they can also grow more quickly as the winter ends.
The perfect salad addition, lettuce is deservingly popular, and it’s quite fun and easy to grow at home. It’s also so easy to grow during winter because it grows optimally in winter conditions: it can be placed indoors and you just have to make sure it’s in a room with an average temperature less than 20°C. They also have a quick harvest period, as they can grow to full edible freshness in only 3 to 4 weeks.
Garlic and ginger
It’s so easy to harvest ginger and garlic at home, and they often make a great addition to the spice of a lot of meals. However, unlike onions, spinach, and lettuce, ginger and garlic have considerably long harvest periods. Ginger can take up to a few months before growing usable ginger, and it can take over a year to grow garlic at home – but it’s doable!
Store bought garlic seeds and ginger roots are available, and they are perfect for growing indoors in winter.
This is one of the better videos I have seen on Youtube for growing garlic at home:
Are there any other vegetables that you can consider growing during winter?
Yep, there are. It all depends on where you are located at, how cold your winter is and what you prefer on your plate.
There are several other vegetables you can grow in your house over winter, with varying harvest periods. You can grow carrots over the winter and harvest them in July. There are also other varieties of onions, broad beans and peas, which can be harvested in Spring.
The world of gardening is vast and at times complicated, but there’s nothing stopping you from starting off with a few simple crops as those listed above. Once you’ve successfully started these, you can easily and smoothly learn more about other, more intricate crops, which you can grow over the year. There are also a lot of methods for optimizing your crop harvests as well as protecting them from fungi or insects – for which you can use natural, harmless components. All it takes is a little research and commitment, and your house can easily become a reliable source for healthy, eco-friendly greens.