If you are an avid indoor gardener like me, you probably do the heaviest amount of seed-starting in early Spring to prepare annuals or perennials for outdoor planting. Usually by March I will have seed trays on every shelf of every light stand, window sill, and any flat surface that gets a good amount of bright indirect light. This is also the time of year when I plant most of African violet seeds from the latest batch of hybrids.
Indoor gardening for me slows down in Summer as plants and seedlings have been transplanted, given away, or culled. This is also the time of year to experiment.
Seeds from Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
The average household is brimming with viable seeds that you can sow indoors. Avocado pits are easy to start and the plants will last as long as you can give them what they need. Coffee beans are easy to grow trees from, too, as are citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, limes). Coffee and citrus trees are not good choices for me since they like to be grown cool in full sun, a combination I can’t give them. But if you have a sun room, Florida room, cold frame or similar you may be able to do it depending upon where you live.
Some other things to try:
- plum pits
- peach pits
- apple seeds
- strawberry seeds
- banana seeds
- watermelon seeds
- red and green bell pepper seeds
- pumpkin seeds
- sunflower seeds
- dried corn kernels / popcorn kernels
Of course, you should do a little research on the plants you decide to grow. Watermelons, cantelope and honeydew melons, and pumpkins are large growing vining plants that will eventually need to be planted outdoors. Banana trees grow very large and need lots of sun. Sunflowers grow very tall. Corn eventually belongs in a corn field. But all are fun to start indoors.
Seeds on the spice rack
Almost any fresh, uncooked, untreated, unprocessed herb seeds can be successfully planted. You probably have in your pantry:
- anise seed
- celery seed
- dill seed
Your pantry may vary depending upon how often you cook and what flavors you like to use. That’s just a short list to get you started. (Kids love growing experiments, too.)