Want to know how to grow vegetables indoors year-round? I grow a variety of vegetables and herbs in my home with simple lights above shelves wherever I have space. I’ll show you how to get started and tips for keeping this frugal.
If you would like more ideas for what to grow, have a look at indoor vegetable gardening as well.
I may receive a commission if you purchase something mentioned in a link on this post for shopping sites. Other links may go to websites where I have been paid to write a blog or article. See the entire disclosure here.
How to Grow Vegetables Indoors Year-Round
Here’s the steps for getting started with your own indoor food garden.
1 Seed Starting
The first step is to learn how to start seeds in pots indoors. Seed Starting for Beginners will give you the skills needed to start seeds for all your gardening, both indoors and outdoors. I start hundreds of seedlings indoors each spring for planting outside, and it’s the same method for starting seeds that become my indoor veggies. Most herbs are easier to grow from existing plants, either by cuttings or transplants, but there are certainly some you can grow from seed as well.
2 Indoor Grow Lights
Don’t worry! You don’t need the expensive ones. The is my best grow setup for indoors, showing exactly what I use. There’s a lot of discussion about which type of light bulbs work best. I first started with full-spectrum lights and as they needed replacing over the years, I had to switch to regular fluorescent bulbs. And guess what? I couldn’t tell any difference for my plants.
3 Best Veggies to Grow Indoors
Once you know how to start seeds and you have your setup, it’s time to choose seeds. If you’re doing this during the warmer months, you could also buy starter plants at a local nursery.
How to Grow Vegetables Indoors Year-Round shares a whole bunch of suggestions to try based on my experience. There is also a resource book there with a whole bunch more ideas.
4 Herbs to Grow Indoors
If you are specifically wanting to know How to Grow Herbs Indoors, there are many annual and perennial options to try. I find that while they do best outdoors in the summer, there are quite a few that will do well indoors if the light and humidity are pleasing to them. All indoor growing is an experiment of sorts, but if you enjoy the experience like I do, you’ll learn a lot after several plant cycles.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛