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Home grown veggies and fruits tend to be better for you and the environment than the foods bought from the market. The best part of growing food at home is that you know where your food comes from and how it was grown.

Luckily, you don't need to be a farmer or have any special skills in order to reap the benefits of home-grown foods. If you have a sunny window and some extra time, then you can grow whatever you want. I rounded up the best healthy plants to cultivate indoors and tips hot to get them growing.

 General Growing Tips

  • You need to use pots with holes in the bottom, because all these plants require well-draining soil. But, water will drain onto your windowsill, shelf or floor if you don't put a shallow drainage container under the pot.
  • Buy potting mix or make your own.
  • Most of the indoor plants grow best in areas that receive lots of sunlight. However, if you don't have sunny windows, then you can go with grow lights.

SALAD GREENS

Salad greens (argula, red leaf, romaine, spinach, iceberg) contain iron and folate and are chock full of vitamins K, C, and A.

Buy plants or seeds online or from a local nursery. Pick a planter box with drainage holes in the bottoms and fill it with soil. Use your fingers to poke holes into the soil. Massage the roots before placing each start in a hole or sprinkle a few seeds into each hole and pat the soil back over the hole to cover them up. Then water the soil regularly. Pull off only the outer leaves when it comes to harvest season.

CARROTS

Carrots supply carotenoids and are a good source of potassuim, manganese, folate, niacin, thiamin and vitamin K, C, A and B6.

Find pots that are at least a foot and a half deep and wide with drainage holes at the bottom, and place it in an area that receives tons of light. Purchase carrot seeds. Fill the pot with a humus-rich potting mix. Water the soil before planting, then press the seeds gently into the soul and covering them with a thin layer of soil. Make sure to plant the seeds one inch apart in rows that are six inches apart from each other. Keep the soil moist. When carrots are grown to about 3/4 of an inch across the top, they are ready for harvest. To pick the plants up, grab them firmly at the root and pull straight up. Water the soil if you find it difficult to harvest.

BASIL

It is believed that basil has anti-inflammatory properties thanks to the oil eugenol, which can block enzymes that can cause swelling.

Buy starter plants or seeds at a nursery or grocery store or online. Choose a pot has good drainage holes and that is at least four inches wide. This plants likes lots of sunlight and warm temperatures. Fertilize the soil once a month and water the plant once a day. When it is harvest time, gently snip few leaves from each plant.

 

 

 

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