What Vegetables to Start Indoors?

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veggies to start indoorsNow that you have your space and room set up, are you thinking about what you want to grow, and be sure it’s feasible. Do you love the idea of having your very own salad bar within one special room in your abode? Me, too, that’s why I’m doing this.

Choosing which vegetables to plant indoors is the next big step….some will do better than others and some will be totally out of the question. As with many things in life.

The best types of veggie plants to start deeds for indoors, it should be, and this is for all you salad lovers out there. Microgreens. If you’re looking for an abundant harvest at the ready any time of year, I would look no further than those – they’re very expedient as far as crops go. Mine started to sprout within a week of my planting them.

Most of thee tolerate cooler temps, in this grow room a range of 60-70 F is recommended.

Crop plants like these could be grown in your special room all year round. Now there are others that this process will either take much longer or be impractical altogether as they will need two major things: to be pollinated, and some of them, eventually, after the last frost passes…transplanting.

If you’re looking for the types of veggies you can grow year round, that don’t have a super long germination/maturity period and you won’t have to worry about about transplanting them, the best options are: microgreens, and the leafy greens in the neighborhood of spinach, kale, chard, arugula and lettuce . They have a maturity period on average of 30-60 days, accept low/moderate light conditions and do not require pollination.

Some plants types are also great contenders for indoor starting, but have longer germination periods and needs that may go beyond what the closet provides. These ideally need to be plant types that transplant well and can withstand the transition. These include all the nightshade veggies (tomatoes, peppers and eggplants) a few herbs, and cucumbers. I will be planting those using most likely my seed starter trays (I have started with bell pepper)  which will make them easily accessible when the time comes.

Others, that I plan to have around for keeps, I’m using these planter boxes. If you’re concerned about whether or not a plant might not transplant well, this includes the family of “taproots” : carrots, beets, radishes are good examples. Lettuce is another crop that does best in one spot.

planters in my closet seeded

Others due to their eventual size and climbing potential, include beans and squash. If you are going to start these types of plants indoors but later on move during the spring season, it is a good idea to use a peat pot as they offer better protection for fragile roots than the individual compartments of seed starting trays.

During the early spring days, I made a practice of “hardening off” my seedling trays by setting them outside for a few hours during the sunlight peak. Doing this acclimates them to a permanent life outdoors and helps to minimize transplant shock. Something you may want to do as well before the last frost has passed.

As for plants that do well started indoors and also will withstand the stress of being moved outside these include: All the nightshades, cucumbers, broccoli, brussell sprouts and asparagus.

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