Creative Vegetable “Pots"
Since growing vegetables in an apartment require containers anyway, save money on pots and use materials already available. The creative gardener sees large empty juice bottles, empty milk jugs, and clamshell pre-washed salad containers as opportunities for growing vegetables. By cutting off the top and punching a few small holes in the bottoms of these containers for drainage, they immediately become excellent containers for growing vegetables.
Grow Salad Greens in Salad Containers
Clamshell pre-washed salad containers, for example, are the perfect size and shape for growing salad greens. To transform these rectangular plastic boxes into lettuce pots, make gashes in the bottom for drainage (or punch small holes), then put in two inches of soil and sprinkle in about 25 lettuce seeds. The seeds should be barely covered by the soil, and once they've been planted, give them a generous amount of water. Put the salad box lid back on, and put the containers under a grow light or in a sunny spot in the apartment. When the sprouts start to break the surface of the soil, remove the lid and place it underneath the boxes to serve as a drainage container. If using a grow light, give the salad greens about twelve hours of light per day.
Grow Sprouts in the Kitchen
Another creative container for indoor vegetable gardens is a hemp bag for growing sprouts. All sorts of sprouts – from alfalfa sprouts to adzuki bean sprouts – can be grown quite easily and in just a few days, right on the kitchen counter. To use a hemp bag for growing sprouts, thoroughly soak the seeds first, then dump them into a wet hemp bag. Hang the bag somewhere to drain and dry. If glass jars are more readily available, soak the seeds and place them in the jar, and cover the jar with cheesecloth. In just a few days, the sprouts will be ready to eat.
Herbs Are Easy to Grow Indoors
A good place to start with an indoor vegetable garden is herbs. Herbs don't need much space in terms of their containers, and they are happy to grow inside in a windowsill. While popular indoor vegetable garden herbs include chives, basil, and rosemary, garlic and cilantro are both relatively easy to grow, too. Herbs need containers that are about six inches in diameter, and when planting more than one herb plant in a container, make sure they are planted at least an inch apart.