During the cold winter months, I spend much of my time indoors planning on what I will do in my garden once spring arrives.
Well, I decided to do something about all my time spent indoors. Instead of the ‘traditional’ houseplants, I wanted to see if I could grow some ‘unorthodox’ plants indoors.
You won’t believe what I am planting….
These don’t look much like ‘traditional’ houseplants, do they?
Lentils, garlic, radish, carrot, sweet potato and green beans aren’t what you usually think of when growing houseplants. But, think of how attractive their foliage is when they grow outdoors?
According to the book “Don’t Throw It, Grow It” 68 Windowsill Plants From Kitchen Scraps” by Deborah Peterson & Millicent Selsam::
- Lentils are a pretty plant that will flower.
- Garlic sends up green shoots that you can cut into small pieces to add a mild garlic flavor to your dishes.
- Radish tops grow quickly and if they flower – it’s a pretty neat thing to see, according to the book.
- Carrot tops are easy to grow. I did grow them last year on my windowsill and they even produced pretty flowers. You can read about growing carrot tops here.
- Many people have grown sweet potatoes inside. They produce a pretty vine. I have grown them outdoors, but not inside before.
- Lastly, I like the pretty, delicate foliage of bush green beans in my garden. So, I will try growing them inside too.
The object of using these plants is not to grow new vegetables. But, rather to enjoy the leaves and even the flowers, if I am lucky enough to get some.
I must admit, that this is a true experiment for me (except for the carrots). I’m not sure how it will turn out growing these ‘unorthodox’ plants indoors. But, that is part of the fun of gardening – not always knowing how things will turn out.
In addition, you can’t beat the cost of the plants. They are usually the parts you throw away.
So, please check back to see how my experiment is going. Better yet, why don’t you join me in growing one or more of these ‘unorthodox’ plants. On Tuesday, I will show you how to plant each type of ‘unorthodox’ houseplant.