You can grow almost anything indoors, but there are a few vegetables that are the best vegetables to grow indoors in your Aquaponics system.
The key to finding the best vegetables to grow indoors is knowing how much work you want to put into your system. Some plants require very little tending while others will require a lot of maintenance.
1.HerbsHerbs are easily the best vegetables to grow indoors because they require none of the maintenance of other, larger plants and will still yield a large amount of produce. Stick a small system near a window and watch them grow! Herbs would also do well with a small grow light if a window is unavailable. Herbs are easily the best vegetables to grow indoors because they require none of the maintenance of other, larger plants and will still yield a large amount of produce.
2. LettuceLettuce is one of the next best vegetables to grow indoors. Lettuce does not require pollination either but is prolific in its growth. It is easy to plant your seeds and watch them grow. A spot next to a window or under a grow light is all your lettuce will need to keep growing.
3. Beans and PeasThe next best vegetables to grow indoors are beans and peas. Beans and peas are capable of self pollination, so when you get those beautiful buds, don’t worry about needing the bees to come and do their thing. Your best bet in helping them self-pollinate is keeping a light breeze going by using a small fan. This will help the pollen move around inside the flower bud.
4. TomatoesTomatoes are right there with Beans and Peas as the next best vegetables to grow indoors. Tomatoes can get very large and need assistance with cages but the concept of self-pollination is the same. Either keep a small fan blowing on the buds or use your finger to gently shake the blossom back and forth. This will help the pollen move around in the flower bud. This plant will need a lot of good sunlight or a grow light that can emit different colors of the light spectrum because your tomato plant will need one color of light to grow leaves and another color of light to put out fruit.
5. PeppersPeppers are also one of the best vegetables to grow indoors. This plant has a huge benefit, in that there are so many different varieties from mild to extremely hot, from decorative to fast growing. Choosing the variety that will suit your tastebuds might be the hardest part of the process. Once flowering, the same thing applies as with the Beans, Peas and Tomatoes, keep a fan blowing a light breeze on the plants or shake the blossom to move the pollen around. Alternatively, you can use a small paint brush to move the pollen where it needs to be.
6. Squash Squash is a plant that could be grown indoors, but it requires a lot of light and a lot of space. The squash plant will need to be hand pollinated if indoors. The Squash plants will put forth male blossoms for several days before it ever puts forth a female blossom. Once the female blossom is open, you’ll have to take the male blossom and swipe the pollen around the center and bud of the female flower. Take care not to harm the female blossom in any way or you’ll lose your fruit.
Take a look at our DIY guide on creating a small indoor aquaponics system!