How to grow vegetables and herbs indoors

You don't need a garden to grow herbs and veg, you can grow a lot indoors with these quick and easy tricks.

Recycled milk bottles as planters

Cut a horizontal line just below the lid of a clean plastic 4-pint milk bottle. Then cut a long U-shape from the front of the bottle, leaving the handle at the back intact. Once you have cut one, use the removed piece as a template for any remaining bottles by drawing around it with a black marker pen and cutting along the line.

Place the bottles on a sunny windowsill – or thread onto a pole hung between two recess hooks – and fill each one with a favourite herb, salad or vegetable still in its pot to allow for drainage. Be sure to keep a track of what’s what with these free downloadable plant labels.

Milk bottles with plants growing out of it hanging on a window.

How to grow herbs in plastic bottles

Mark out a large hole in the middle of a plastic bottle with a pen and cut out. Add soil to the bottom of the plastic bottle, along with the herb seeds, and place upright in a sunny spot on the windowsill. Water regularly, and when the herbs come to life, they’ll follow the light and grow through the hole – perfect for snipping a bunch whenever you need.

Watch this video to find out how to make a cat planter for growing herbs for a fun gardening project with the kids.

How to make a vertical onion garden

Take a 2-litre plastic bottle and cut out various holes the size of a 2p piece. Add soil to the bottle, then plant your spring onion cuttings, positioning them to grow out of the holes. Place the bottle on a plate and water it through the top – and you’ll have a great supply of spring onions throughout the summer.

How to make a greenhouse for growing carrots

Cut a plastic bottle in half and cut three slits in the top half. Plant the carrot seeds in the bottom half with soil, and slot the top half over it (the slits will help to position it in place). This will create a mini greenhouse for the carrots to speed up the growing process.

Upside-down indoor gardening

Save windowsill space with indoor hanging plants. Cherry tomatoes and strawberries can be planted at the bottom of the plant pots so they grow downwards through the drainage holes. You can then use the top half of the pot by for planting things like salad leaves, radishes, cress and herbs.

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