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How to grow your own without a garden

Friday, 13 August 20214 minute read
Sustainability

You don’t need a garden to grow your own. Here’s six ways to bring the outside in, and reap the benefits of gardening all from the comfort of your home.

Three herb plants in terracotta pots on a window sill

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Anyone with a little outside space has felt pretty smug this last year. Not only have they had the chance to get outside when parks were closed, but they’ve also been able to reap the many health benefits of gardening. Gardening is a great stress-reliever, and very rewarding too.

But what about the one in eight British households without a garden? Well, you might be surprised to hear that you can still grow your own without the outside space. Here’s six ways to do exactly that.

Make the most of your window sill

Fancy a fresh mint tea? A mojito perhaps? Or how about some homemade pesto stirred through spaghetti? With a window sill herb garden, the ingredients for these recipes are at your fingertips.

Fill a deep window box with herbs — mint, basil, rosemary, chives, oregano, thyme and parsley can all be grown quite easily in a sunny spot with regular watering.

Fill your home with houseplants

A home office filled with houseplants Houseplant heaven AKA Pure Planet’s Digital Marketing Manager Anna’s home office

The houseplant has been enjoying a bit of a renaissance over the last few years — look no further than the 7.1 million posts tagged with #houseplants on Instagram for proof of that.

If you’re a complete beginner start with a succulent or cacti, which tend to be harder to kill. Shady spot? Try a Swiss Cheese or Spider plant — just don’t forget to give them a regular misting.

Sprout seeds

You simply need a light and airy spot, away from direct sunlight, to grow sprouting seeds. Alfalfa and radish sprouting seeds make tasty additions to salads, stir fries and even smoothies. But don’t just take our word for it — the Vegetarian Society has a great guide to sprouting seeds and how to enjoy them.

Bedeck the balcony

Close-up of a tomato plant with tomatoes beginning to ripen on the vine Pure Planet DSA Ruth’s tomatoes beginning to ripen

Many plants are just as happy in a pot as they are in the ground. If you're lucky to have a balcony and it gets a good dose of sun for most of the day, opt for a small tomato variety — they tend to be more productive than larger ones — and chilli plants. You can also choose a tumbling tomato variety to grow in hanging baskets. For shadier balconies, try kale and beans.

Whatever you choose to grow, invest in larger pots — you can fill them with different crops and won’t end up wasting money, and plastic, having to replace them as your plants grow.

There’s so mushroom to grow inside

See what I did there? Bad puns aside, you really don’t need a lot of space or light to grow mushrooms, making them a great choice for the indoor gardener. And with plenty of kits available, mushroom growing is easy too. Some even use recycled coffee grounds, so you’re helping to reduce waste while growing something tasty and fun(ghi).

Having said that, we wouldn’t recommend neglecting your energy meters and letting mushrooms grow in there — reason enough to upgrade to a Smart meter!

A meter box with mushrooms growing inside it Credit

Get an allotment

Got the gardening bug? Consider an allotment — here’s six reasons to get your own plot.

Bear in mind that demand for allotments has surged since the start of the pandemic, with wait lists upwards of 18 months, so it’s worth trying out some of our other tips for growing your own without a garden in the meantime.

Are you a keen gardener already? Join the Community and share your hints, tips and tricks in the Gardening thread.

Alexandra
Digital Content Creator