Hydroponic Window Farm

12 Edible Gardening Hacks: Delectable Edibles You Can Grow Indoors!

We’re gardeners. We don’t need a patch of earth to grow our own food. No siree. We can grow our food on our windowsill. In a plastic salad box. In a mason jar. Heck, we can even grow food FROM food. Yep. Gardeners can do all of that!12 Edible Gardening Hacks - Creative Gardeners share how they grow food indoors in unique ways!


I do my fair share of sprouting in the winter months to ensure that I’m full of freshly snipped healthy greens year round. You can grow a crunchy salad mix of peas, beans, and lentils in a mason jarSprouting Mung Beans and Green Peas in Mason Jar

…use a recycled plastic salad box to grow sunflower micro greensSunflower Sprouts DAY 7 from How to Grow Sunflower Microgreens

…or sprout teeny radish, broccoli, alfalfa, fenugreek and more as seedlings right on your kitchen table.

Sprouting seeds: spelt berries, sunflower seeds, and alfalfa / radish / red clover mix

Herbs & More

Herbs are probably the easiest to grow indoors. Those that we eat for leaves need the least light and indoor light is just never the same as the outdoor sun. Plus, herbs pack a punch so you can snip a little for a lot of flavor.

Try growing them in a hydroponic window farm! This very cool system uses plastic bottles and drip lines to grow plants without soil right in your window. This would be the perfect system for a foodie or chef, but I think it looks pretty cool as well.

Hydroponic Window Farm
photo courtesy of windowfarms.com

Salad lovers rejoice – you can grow greens indoors all year with this handy dandy DIY salad shelf!Peter Burke Indoor Salad Gardening

Are you are a little more crafty? Then you could make a Woodland Herb Garden for your kitchen wall. This project comes to us from the book Mason Jar Crafts.

Woodland Herb Garden DIY Project from Mason Jar Crafts

If you want some great advice on bringing in your herbs to overwinter, Lynne from Sensible Gardening and Living shares her tips.

Melissa, the Empress of Dirt, shows you how to grow peas indoors. Peas! Who would have thought? I can almost taste that pea, it looks so fresh!How to Grow Peas Indoors

Growing food from um, food.

Shelley at Sow and Dipity has regrown some common (celery, avocado) and uncommon (lemongrass, taro root) groceries to greens.From Groceries to Garden

The Gardening Cook shows us that growing ginger is a fun DIY gardening project for the kids and also gives great detail on edibles that are cut and come again.

You can even use the parts that you cut to grow a new plant as you can see in How to Propagate Basil from Cuttings.How to Propagate Basil from Cuttings

Did you know you can regrow a pineapple from the top? It will take you a looooooong time and it may be tiny, but it CAN be done. For me, this project is best left for a more patient gardener. But it certainly makes a nice houseplant in the meantime.

Thanks to all of the gardeners out there who are creative enough to find new ways to make food grow indoors, and for all the rest you do. Who else grows indoor edibles in a unique way? Please share!

12 Edible Gardening Hacks - Creative Gardeners share how they grow food indoors in unique ways!

About the Author : Stephanie Rose

A city girl who learned to garden and it changed everything. Author, artist, Master Gardener. Better living through plants.

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  1. Dani @ lifeovereasy
    Dani @ lifeovereasyJanuary 12,14

    Great roundup! I currently have a meyer lemon plant that I bring indoors in the fall, and it grows lemons through the year. You can see my last harvest here http://lifeovereasy.com/lemons-lemons/ – I got 11 lemons from it! I have always wanted to try sprouts – it’s definitely on my list.

  2. Tara
    TaraJanuary 12,14

    What a great round-up of ideas, Stephanie! Tell me, how fast do your sprouts grow? I love love love sprouts, but I got all nervous when they started showing up as contaminated in the grocery stores. I should try to grow them at home!

    • Stephanie
      StephanieJanuary 13,14

      Tara, they only take a few days. Check out the two posts above as both have great instructions.

  3. Sourabh
    SourabhJanuary 13,14

    What a great collection of ideas, Stephanie! I should try to grow them at home!Tell me how fast your sunflower micro greens grow? I must say you have explained all of these above brilliantly.

  4. Stephanie
    StephanieJanuary 13,14

    Hi Sourabh, if you check out the link for sunflower micro greens, you will see the progress over 15 days, of course they were ready to eat much earlier than that. I photographed them every few days in that post. Enjoy!

  5. Karen Hugg
    Karen HuggJanuary 14,14

    Love this hydroponic window farm! What a great and seemingly inexpensive way to grow herbs. And it’s decorative in a cool, modern way too.

  6. Christina @ The DIY Mommy
    Christina @ The DIY MommyJanuary 20,14

    I’m a horrible gardener, but I’m completely inspired! I’d love a row of herbs in jars on my window sill. The only problem is that my window faces North – would my herbs not have a chance?

  7. gardening tips
    gardening tipsFebruary 5,14

    Great post! i love gardening but i not even try planting herbs and vegetables.After i read this article i try to do..thanks for sharing.i love it..

  8. Anna
    AnnaNovember 13,14

    Awesome post! I know you posted this last winter, but as it’s already snowed almost 2 feet where I live and gotten extremely cold, I’m turning to indoor gardening ideas here already.

    Growing over the cold season is important for a lot of reasons for me, and not just because I want tasty food that’s good for me and fun to grow. I also keep chickens, ducks and a rabbit, and while they do eat a formulated and completely nutritionally balanced feed, I still like to offer them fresh things whenever I can- it’s good for them but mostly during the cold, blowy, and snowy months here in Minnesota, these fresh foods are a morale booster.

    You can make a lot of neat things that will help you grow indoors, but there are lots of systems you can purchase outright, set up and be done with it too. Hydroponics on a small scale has really taken off and gotten popular. Makes it easy!

    Thank you again for this awesome and timely (for me!) post!


  9. Seedible
    SeedibleJanuary 18,16

    Such great ideas, I will surely try a few when I have some extra time :D Thanks for the inspiration

  10. Avinash Shridhar Limaye.
    Avinash Shridhar Limaye.February 3,16

    I am in INDIA @ Pune, Send suitable according to Seasons and Climate Here for My Kitchen Garden Please.

  11. Carel van den Boogaart
    Carel van den BoogaartOctober 11,16

    Wow, time to change some of my gardening habits! LOL! Nice tips and they seem so easy to use! I never knew you can regrow a pineapple!

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