By Tara Rippin • 02 November 2018 • 11:19
RADISHES: Grow your own in the home
A SUNNY space and the right soil is all you need to create a mini allotment inside your home.
You can save yourself a trip to the market by cultivating vegetables, fruits and edible plants in the home all year round.
By placing a pot with specially designed indoor potting soil and drainage holes next to a window with lots of sunshine can see you well on your way to harvesting crops in no time at all.
Some of the best types of vegetable to try are leafy greens and lettuce which do well inside all year round, with the right drainage.
Spinach isn’t keen on moisture, so it’s essential to grow your greens in a well-draining soil in a pot with good drainage holes. Indoor potting mix ensures proper drainage and air exposure for the roots.
Strawberries can be grown in pots or hanging planters throughout the year, provided they have access to plenty of sunlight. You could consider buying growing lights or a hydroponic system which would also allow you to grow tomatoes without having to move them outdoors once they have become established.
Again, when growing both, good drainage is vital.
Potatoes can surprisingly grow well in fuss-free planter pouches, though they will need a lot of light once they take hold. They will also need a bit more space than fruit and vegetables.
Scallions are ideal for gardening beginners as they’re easy to care for and don’t need as much sunlight as other veggies.
On the contrary, radishes, which are known to do well indoors, need heaps of light, and you will need a deep container for the growing bulbs.
Micro-greens are not just easy to grow, they are extremely good for you, packed with up to 40 times more vitamins and nutrients than fully grown vegetables and plants. An idea is to start with a mixture of baby kale, beets and arugula, which harvest at an incredible speed.
Herbs also grow very well in the home, such as basil, rosemary, cilantro, chives, thyme, parsley and oregano. Cold air may cause wilting, so make sure they are not too close to a window during the winter months.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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