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How do I grow a usable vegetable garden indoors?

Is it possible to grow any vegetables, or even fruit, indoors?

I've had a bit of success growing herbs and kalamondin indoors before now, but I was wondering if there's any small vegetables that can be grown indoors?

It's in a flat, no window ledges, but a fair few hours of sunlight

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    Well, there is "indoors" and a greenhouse. Tomatoes, lettuce, peppers are all grown in greenhouses but your chances of getting more than a small harvest with less than 10 hours direct sun are slim.
    – kevinskio
    Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 19:33
  • Ok, just to clarify, indoors does not mean greenhouse in this instance. Thanks for the advice Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 9:49

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We have quite a few people here who have grown peppers and small tomatoes indoors and in pots. I think peppers (especially jalapenos) have a certain novelty factor that attracts people.

The big problem (as indicated by @kevinsky) is the sunlight for peppers and tomatoes. You are going to need a sunny window or conservatory. If you don't have anywhere like that or a balcony, then you could buy a grow lamp or two?

Smaller root vegetables might also be worth trying - e.g. beetroot, onions, and carrots (although carrots might need deep pots). As you have complete control on the soil texture, these should grow well.


Just about anything can be grown indoors without natural sunlight. It depends on how serious you are. There are a few different options if you were willing to setup a few lighting fixtures. The cheapest setup (for peppers and lettuce for example) would involve buying a simple fixture and putting a full-spectrum CFL bulb in it. A full spectrum bulb (around 5000K, and roughly 1000 lumens is a good start) closely resembles the sun in terms of specific wavelengths that plants require to photosynthesize.

I myself am currently experimenting with growing basil, green peppers, chives, and spinach indoors in a hydroponic setup with no direct sunlight. I'm at about week 5 and so far everything is doing great; the little bit of basil I have sampled so far tastes great! If you preferred to use a soil setup instead of a soil-less one I imagine you would have similar results.

Just about every fruit has been grow indoors nowadays with the right lighting. Take a look at this impressive little setup growing indoor strawberries!

Note: Growing basil and peppers indoors is a lot different than growing strawberries/other plants solely indoors and require a lot more than just a simple bulb and a spot light fixture. For more difficult plants a more complex setup and a lot of research is required.

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