In an age where do-it-yourself (DIY) is all the rage, the ability to grow your own food often goes unnoticed, taking a place behind remodeling kitchens and laying brick patios. Yet self-sufficiency with food does not require a 2,000-acre farm. In fact, your home may provide ample space to raise nutritious crops that feed the family. As the public learns of the ecological side effects of commercial agriculture, people are eager to do what they can to offset this damage while, incidentally, eating fresh commodities at lower prices. Growing vegetables indoors is a start.
Best Vegetables to Grow Indoors
Growing vegetables indoors should include carrots. Carrots are delicious and versatile, found in salads, stews, soups and stir-fries. Nutritionally, they are rich in fiber and potassium, as well as Vitamins A, C and K. They can last for several weeks in a vegetable crisper to best preserve the presence of beta-carotene.
Requiring a pot or window box (best with depth and width of 1.5 feet), carrots grow well in a potting mix that is rich with humus and you should plant the seeds only after the soil is well-irrigated. They require generous light to sprout within 14 to 21 days.
A few points are worth noting: for one thing, the baby carrots found in the supermarket are not a different breed. They are simply harvested early, cut down to size, peeled and bagged. Carrots, in reality, can grow quite large, most of them harvested when they are three quarters of an inch in diameter across the top. For this reason, planters should place the seeds an inch apart to give the plant ample growth space. These precautions aside, carrots are still among the easiest vegetables to grow indoors.