Indoor (Permaculture Zone Zero) Vegetable Gardening

On this episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast, Harold and Rachel Discuss Indoor Vegetable Gardening Methods To Grow Food Year Round No Matter Where You Live.

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 161 – October 25, 2022

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Indoor Vegetable Gardening: A Guide to Growing Fresh Produce at Home


Welcome to the Modern Homesteading Podcast with Harold Thornbro and Rachel Jamison. In this episode, we explore the exciting world of indoor vegetable gardening, a versatile approach to growing fresh produce at home, regardless of outdoor space limitations or harsh winter conditions.

The Benefits of Indoor Gardening

Indoor gardening offers numerous advantages, including year-round fresh produce, the joy of gardening during cold seasons, and the opportunity for city dwellers to cultivate a garden within their apartments. It’s also an excellent way to involve children in gardening, fostering a love for fresh, healthy food.

Getting Started with Indoor Gardening

Indoor gardening can range from simple setups like pots on a windowsill to more complex systems like hydroponics or aquaponics. The choice depends on your space, resources, and the level of involvement you desire.

1. Simple Indoor Grow Beds

  • Setup: Utilize pots or small raised beds with good quality potting soil.
  • Lighting: Depending on the plant, natural light or supplemental grow lights may be necessary.
  • Ideal Crops: Leafy greens like lettuce, kale, and herbs are perfect for beginners.

2. Sprouting: The Easiest Method

  • Process: Seeds are soaked in water, then rinsed regularly until they sprout.
  • Benefits: Requires minimal equipment (a jar and screen) and offers quick results.
  • Suitable Seeds: Alfalfa, broccoli, radish, and sunflower seeds are great for sprouting.

3. Microgreens: A Step Up from Sprouting

  • Setup: Shallow trays with a thin layer of soil, placed under grow lights.
  • Harvesting: Microgreens are cut just above the soil line and are ready in a few weeks.
  • Seed Mixes: A variety of seed mixes are available, providing a range of flavors and nutrients.

4. Hydroponics: Soil-less Gardening

  • Principle: Plants grow in water enriched with nutrient solutions.
  • Setup Variations: From simple Kratky method (passive) to more complex systems with pumps.
  • Consideration: It requires a bit more knowledge about nutrient solutions and pH levels.

5. Aquaponics: Integrating Fish and Plants

  • Concept: Fish waste provides nutrients for plants, and plants filter the water for fish.
  • Setup: Combines a fish tank with grow beds, requiring pumps and proper balancing.
  • Advantages: Sustainable and efficient, with the added benefit of fish as a food source.

Tips for Successful Indoor Gardening

  • Consistent Care: Regular watering, adequate lighting, and temperature control are crucial.
  • Start Small: Begin with easy-to-grow plants and gradually expand your indoor garden.
  • Involve Kids: Engage children in the process to teach them about sustainable living and healthy eating.


Indoor vegetable gardening is a fantastic way to ensure access to fresh, healthy produce all year round. Whether you’re a city dweller with limited outdoor space or looking to garden during the winter months, there’s an indoor gardening method that can suit your needs. Happy gardening, and remember, grow where you’re planted!


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    Author, blogger, podcaster, homesteading and permaculture enthusiast. I have a passion for sharing what I learn and helping others on their journey. If you're looking for me, you'll usually find me in the garden.

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  • Rachel Jamison

    An aspiring permaculturist and urban homesteader who loves to teach and inspire others to grow where they are planted.

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