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While life at home has become the norm, growing an edible plant or five is a fun challenge that can help to ease boredom and give you a greater sense of well-being overall. It’s incredibly satisfying to know that all the ingredients you need for a meal are not only close at hand but are also pesticide-free. Who knows, after your first few successes with edible plants, you could even be tempted to try your hand at starting a small container vegetable garden or branch out to include a few miniature tree varieties.

1. Parsley

A fan of partial shade and a very accommodating pick-and-come again herb, Parsley is a wonderful addition to any kitchen windowsill or patio. High in vitamin C, full of fiber and other nutrients, it is easy to add into smoothies, soups, salads, fritters, and roasts. In fact, you’ll find it blends in well with almost any type of cuisine you like. Once you’re adept at growing it, consider trying to grow other easy herbs such as rosemary, basil, mint, and cilantro.

2. Microgreens

Microgreens, also considered to be miniature versions of full-size crops like onions, mung beans, and broccoli, are a popular addition to salads, sandwiches, and side dishes. They are touted to be as packed full of nutrients as their full-grown counterparts and they only require a shallow container and sunny area in order to thrive.

3. Chives

While it takes months for a single harvest of onions and garlic, you can use a plant with far less growing time and a similar flavor profile. Chives are a gentle companion to breakfast dishes such as scrambled eggs and breakfast sandwiches, work well in Asian-inspired soups like miso or chicken and sweetcorn, and can be tossed into salads and savory muffins to up their nutritional content.

4. Salad Greens

Though it’s easy enough to grab a bag of lettuce or spinach from the shops, it can often work out to be quite expensive in the long run, especially if you’re a fan of side salads during summer. Growing your own salad greens will ensure that you are supplied with a constant stream of fresh and crispy good for you greens all through the warmer months – while costing around the same as two bags of salad will. Most salad greens require fairly moist soil and good light levels in order to thrive.

5. Tomatoes

Considered to be a staple in cuisines around the world, tomatoes are used in everything from soups like gazpacho and Caprese salads to pasta like lasagne that you can snack on when you get free spins at Lucky Creek. They’re also incredibly easy to grow in small containers – though pick small varieties like cherry or pear tomatoes if growing space is at a premium.

6. Radishes

If you’re after a small plant that will thrive in almost any condition, the humble radish should be your first choice. As one of the fastest-growing crops around, taking around only 30 days to go from seed to mature crop, radishes are a tasty addition to salads and roast vegetables. They need very little soil and as long as they’re watered regularly, you can plant a couple every few days to have a good harvest for several weeks at a time.

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