During a virus pandemic, having your own fruit and vegetable supply would be quite handy. Sometimes however it’s a struggle to plant your own edibles in a small dorm room or flat. Here are some vegetables and fruit that you can plant in containers, indoors or out on a small patio.
You may well find you have to share with housemates or fellow students! In general these plants only need water if its dry 1 inch below the surface of the soil. When that happens, you must water till it reaches the very bottom of the container. This will generally mean watering every one or two days.
- Strawberries: a breakfast and smoothie essential that is surprisingly easy to grow and very expensive at the supermarkets. Strawberries prefer a little bit of shade and a slightly cooler climate making them perfect for growing on an indoor windowsill or on a patio.
- Snap Peas: you’ll be tempted to eat these right off the plant instead of waiting for dinner. They need 8 hours of sun a day and something to climb like a coat hanger.
- Cherry Tomatoes: while larger tomatoes are tricky pesky things to grow, cherry tomatoes are delicious and easy and perfectly snackable. They need a bit of sun so a windowsill is ideal and they only need water when they dry out, handy for busy students.
- Spinach: these green leafy vegetables will do wonderfully on a windowsill. Consult your nursery expert on which type to purchase.
- Peppers: peppers often like a warm environment so choose the warmest place in your room or house.
- Mini Pumpkins: while large pumpkins are simply impossible to grow inside, these cute alternatives are more than suitable.
- Chillies: got a love for the hot and spicy? These little guys need 6 hours of sunlight, warmth and the soil must always be kept moist. It can be a hard one to grow if you aren’t often in the house.
- Potatoes: the easiest vegetable on the planet to grow. Simply grab a sack or a bin, fill it with a foot of soil, chop some potatoes into quarters and stick them in the soil. As you see green plants grow, cover with another layer of soil, continue this until your container is full. You’ll have a crop of potatoes to turn to for the entirety of your CSU study.
Enjoy your organic and home grown vegetables and fruit!