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4 garden-less ways to grow your own food

28 February 2016

It seems we’re all itching to get back to basics these days. For us, that starts in the kitchen. How cool would it be to have your own little indoor garden going? We’ve got a few easy ideas for what to plant and how—no backyard necessary.

 A close-up image of a plants being potted on a tabletop covered with newspapers.
Four blue IKEA bags filled with soil and green plants.

1. OBVIOUSLY, WE LOVE OUR TRADEMARK BAGS. They’re inexpensive, super durable and really spacious—just right for growing herbs and more delicate plants such as spinach (but we even had success with gourds!). Fill them up with soil and get to planting. Didn’t expect that, did ya?

Three plastic greenhouses in different sizes with green plants.

2.CORN, ZUCCHINI, PUMPKINS, TOMATOES… You don’t need a farm to grow these babies! But gardening without an actual garden means you’re going to need a few more supplies, like pots. Don’t worry about having to buy tons of new stuff. We love recycling things like tin cans. They’re wonderful for starting these plants, plus they’ve also got a really cool industrial feel that we love.

3. AN INTERESTING LOOKING SPACE often comes down to having focal points at different heights. You can create a more dynamic feel by hanging some of your pots instead of placing them on surfaces. We chose to grow a few varieties of cabbage in our hanging pots (specifically kale, Brussels sprouts and savoy cabbage). Oh, and if you’d like to create a windowsill garden, we can show you how to do that, too.

Clear glass vases in different sizes with spring onions.

4. NEXT TIME YOU’RE CHOPPING SPRING ONIONS FOR DINNER, don’t chuck the leftover roots in the bin. Add them to a jar with a bit of water (make sure the top part of the stem isn’t covered). Soon enough it’ll start to regrow, and just like that, you’re gardening genius!

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Interior designer: Stella Nicolaisen
Digital designer: Martina Sandberg
Copywriter: Vanessa Algotsson
Photographer: Mats Ekdahl
Editor: Linda Harkell