Are you green with envy over your friend’s green thumb? Here’s how to grow vegetables at home without having to be a gardener. Growing vegetables at home is affordable,  as easy as taking care of every day house plants and you don’t need a backyard to do it.

All you need is a wooden box or crate that will contain soil and provide good water drainage (a layer of stones at the bottom prevents root rot) which you can obtain from a junk sale or purchase at a garden supply store. Next, a place to grow your vegetables such as a well lit balcony or windowsill.

If you are fortunate enough to live facing the south (southeast or southwest) where you are able to obtain more adequate sunlight…you will be able to grow vegetables such as tomatoes,  peppers, zucchini, peas, swiss chard, lettuces and such herbs as basil, spearmint,  parsley,  sage, rosemary and thyme. Some of the herbs such as basil require less light.

Researching online or venturing to a garden supply center will provide you with an opportunity to learn about growing vegetables at home. The seeds come in packets with simple directions regarding sufficient light,  fertilizer for soil , plant food and watering suggestions. Some vegetables that have already sprouted can be purchased and simply grown from the container or transplanted at home. They also come with information on proper but easy care of the plant.

There are a number of vegetables and plant cuttings that you can replant and grow yourself, ensuring that you always have these items on hand when you need them while cutting your grocery bill as well.

Romain lettuce, cabbage,  celery, lemongrass, carrot tops and  green onion (from the bottom head)  can be regrown in a glass jar of water (that is changed daily)  as can cuttings such as basil and other herbs on a sunlit windowsill or kitchen counter. No window?…no matter…a Plant Grow Light bulb will suffice and remember to turn the light off and on at the same time each day.

As the saying goes: you reap what you sow. This is true when growing your vegetables at home. All you will need is a little time (to grow thyme), patience and a bit of tender loving care. Eventually,  you will be amazed at the fresh vegetables that you harvest

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