If you grow your own food, you won’t have to worry whether the fruits and vegetables you eat contain pesticides, and plus you will have fun time seeing them grow from practically nothing into a ready –to-eat food.
What’s more, you will have your daily supply of fresh ingredients without having to travel anywhere to buy them.
As it seems, anyone can be a gardener with small effort.
My girlfriend and I started growing fruits and veggies for the first time this season, and now our strawberries began peeking out, the basil is almost ready for a big batch of pesto, tomatoes are on their way, and as soon as the last frost hits, the kale, peppers, spinach, mesclun, and chard will be on their way as well.
Growing your own food is not an overly demanding challenge, but a really rewarding and a cheap one. However, it’s important that you choose the right container or planter, as well as to know how to maintain it properly, and obtain some starter plants or seeds.
If you like this idea, take a look at the following starter list that includes the fruits, veggies, and all crazy things that can be grown at home, even by urban gardeners.
1. Apples. Not only in a container, but apples can be grown on your balcony with the help of Espaliering technique.
4. Avocados (you can find many tips online)
5. Blueberries (again you can look for helpful videos online)
These trees are excellent if you are a beginning gardener. Don’t let your lack of outdoor space deter you from growing and enjoying in a freshly picked citrus fruits, as they are easy to grow indoors.
12. Dwarf oranges
13. Meyer lemons
Some tropical fruits can be easily grown indoors, even if you live in a non-tropical climate.
16. Bananas (find container gardening advice online)
17. Guavas (few varieties)
19. Aloe Vera
23. Tea (herbal tea)
24. Sweet peppers
25. Summer squash
26. Acorn, pumpkin, and other squashes
29. Hot Peppers
30. Jenny Lind melon
31. Small cantaloupe
32. Golden Midget Watermelon
You can grow almost any herb indoors. However, if you combine them in one container, make sure they co-habitate well together, because one can hog water, and leave the other herb dried out.
43. Mesclun greens
44. Swiss chard
45. Collard Greens
46. Mustard greens
Other Stuff that Sound Healthy
54. Jerusalem Artichoke
55. Mushrooms (look for more tips online)
60. Pole Beans
61. Sugar snap peas
63. Other sprouts like lentil sprouts and mung bean
65. Rhubarb (though not ideal in a container, it can work)
66. Asparagus. Some think it doesn’t grow well in a container. You won’t lose anything if you try it, though.