“These systems are designed to be a no-brainer,” says gardening expert Vanessa Dawson, founder and CEO of Arber, an organic and organic plant wellness company. By this she means that they are easy to install and maintain, which can save you a lot of time. They are also perfect if you don’t have a lot of space. In addition, an indoor gardening system allows you to enjoy the benefits of fresh food all year round.
According to Dawson, many of the best indoor gardening systems focus on growing herbs, greens, and vegetables. “It’s a fabulous way to enjoy healthy, home-grown food, and can even help reduce your carbon footprint,” she says.
While there are certainly benefits to using an indoor gardening system, Dawson notes that there are also potential issues to be aware of: “Nutrient deficiency is a major problem in all plants and all interior systems,” she says. Since nutrients are fully absorbed and not replaced naturally as they would be outdoors, it is essential to use a good soil fertilizer and an immunity-boosting insecticide (such as Arber’s Bioprotector), according to Dawson. Pests and diseases can seem more intrusive than if you find them outside because, you know, they’re inside your home. “Finally, a number of these newer indoor growing systems use hydroponics or water instead of soil. There may be some obstacles with cheaper systems such as leaks, poor lighting, broken pumps and other issues related to more technical setups,” she said. said.
That’s why it’s important to do your research when choosing an indoor gardening system. “If you’re looking for a hydroponic setup, you want high-output LED lights that can plug into your standard power outlets,” says Dawson. She also advises choosing the plants you grow indoors wisely, as some will do better indoors than others, including mushrooms and microgreens. And finally, she recommends choosing a modular system because you can start small and add on, allowing your garden to grow (ha) with you.
“In order, from cheapest and simple to most complex, here are my top five picks for growing indoors,” says Dawson.
Back to Roots Organic Mushroom Grow Kit – $20.00
Dawson is a fan of this brand because they offer a wide variety of grow kits, from mushrooms to herbs to succulents, which are “fun for kids and aimed at a beginner gardener”. This one is a bestseller on Amazon and is super easy to use: just place the box near a window with indirect light, mist it with water twice a day, and within a week you should see your shrooms start to grow.
Hamama Microgreens Starter Kit – $49.00
Hamama makes “affordable, simple, and nutritious microgreens kits,” says Dawson. (Seriously, microgreens contain a tonne of nutrients.) “These are the perfect way to grow without a massive investment and it’s a modular unit that can grow with you.” You can choose from a variety of micro-veggies, like hearty broccoli, hot wasabi mustard, and spicy daikon radish. The starter kit comes with everything you need: three seed quilts of your choice, a reusable grow tray, and instructions. Basically, you just need to add water and watch your microgreens grow.
Rise Personal Garden — $279.00
Dawson calls it a “high-quality hydroponic system with LED lights, self-watering reservoir, seeds, and nutrients…designed with space-saving aesthetics in mind for indoor use.” The personal garden is only 18 inches long and can grow eight plants at a time. Some of the ones offered: microgreens, arugula, chamomile, lemongrass and lemon hot peppers. If you want a bigger garden, you can upgrade and expand up to 12 plants. You can also opt for a Single, doubleWhere triple allotment gardeneach can be added.
Lettuce Grow The Farmstand – $348.00
“You can select your pre-germinated plants, which allows for customization and gets you the gratification of harvesting faster,” Dawson says of this simple and chic hydroponic garden. It is available in five sizes, the smallest of which grows 12 plants at a time and the largest 36. The Farmstand is also self-watering and self-fertilizing, and uses 95% less water than traditional gardening. Choose from over 200 seedlings, from leafy greens and other vegetables to herbs and fruits. Extension kits are available if you decide to expand your garden, although the brand does not recommend going beyond six levels (36 plants) per Farmstand.
Gardyn 1.0 Home Kit — $699.00
This AI-powered indoor smart system has “all the bells and whistles,” says Dawson. She also draws attention to “the gorgeous design and hydroponic technology that claims to offer the highest plant density of any hydroponic garden”. Each garden comes with a welcome kit containing a selection of 30 organic plants, and you can also purchase individually from their selection of over 50 plants, including bok choi, sage, mint, peppers, lavender and calendula.
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