Thanks to technology, everyone can now have a green thumb.
Are you planning to start a vegetable garden this year? If so, you are in good company. Over the past two years, it is estimated 20 million people took olive growing, which is the technical term for the science of growing edible plants. It’s the biggest thrust in the home garden since World War II. And the trend hasn’t been limited to people with large gardens. Indoor gardening has become particularly popular, as evidenced by the proliferation of horticultural Instagram feeds and plant-themed podcasts.
It is certainly not difficult to understand the appeal of gardening. Growing your own fresh herbs and vegetables is obviously good for your diet and your budget. However, it is also aesthetically pleasing and can enhance your Mental Health. Studies have shown that indoor gardening reduces stress making you feel more comfortable, calm and natural. This too increases productivity at work and creativity, which is especially beneficial now that many people are working from home.
Of course, traditional home gardens require a lot of time, space and expertise that most people simply don’t have. Luckily, there are plenty of high-tech indoor gardening solutions out there that make growing your own fresh, organic produce ridiculously easy. And below, you’ll find a few of our favorites.
Hamama makes growing your own delicious microgreens ridiculously simple with their exclusive seed quilts. This Hamama starter set with bamboo frame has everything you need to get started, including an inner tray, an outer tray, and three non-GMO seed quilts. Simply place a quilt of seeds in the tray, add water, and that’s it. Quilts contain all the nutrients your plants need and they will grow even in low light conditions. When you’re ready to expand your indoor garden, simply buy more seed quilts and more seed trays. Click here to learn more.
the Elite Harvest from AeroGarden is a countertop growing system that allows you to grow up to six different herbs, vegetables or flowers up to 5 times faster than traditional gardening. Sleek and compact, all you have to do is add water and plant food to the reservoir, then insert AeroGarden’s pre-seeded growth pods. The Harvest Elite then uses its LED grow hood to produce 20 watts of white, red and blue light, giving your plants the full spectrum they need to grow. You can also create custom grow cycles or set a vacation mode using Harvest Elite’s simple LCD control panel. Click here to learn more.
Like the Harvest Elite, the Genuine CONNECT is a countertop growing system that allows you to grow vegetables and herbs faster using specialized full-spectrum LED lights. However, True CONNECT takes automated cultivation to the next level with a dedicated smartphone app that lets you track your plants’ development, select lighting modes, and receive alerts when the water reservoir is low. This system also uses special growing pods called Lingots, which contain organic seeds, organic soil, and all the nutrients plants need to grow. With over 70 varieties of herbs, flowers and greens to choose from, and all aspects of growing fully automated, this system allows you to enjoy fresh produce all year round. Click here to learn more.
the Smart garden 27 from Click and Grow is a fully automated smart gardening system that allows anyone to grow herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers, no matter where they live, without any effort or horticultural knowledge. Just insert a pod, fill the reservoir with water and the technology takes care of the rest. With professional-grade LED grow lights, biodome germination, automated watering and feeding, and exclusive smart “nano soil,” the Smart Garden 27 can grow 27 different plants at once. And, as a bonus, its sleek design makes it a great addition to any decor. Click here to learn more.
Although this home gardening system does not feature any advanced electronics, that does not mean that it is not technologically sophisticated. the Garden Tower 2 from the Garden Tower project is an advanced floor-based vertical planter that allows you to grow up to 50 different plants while taking up only four square feet of floor space. With a compost tube in the middle, the Garden Tower 2 turns kitchen scraps into organic fertilizer, mimicking a natural ecosystem. It holds six cubic feet of soil and holds 14 gallons of water for super low maintenance gardening. And while this system is designed for balconies, patios, and porches, it can also be used indoors with the proper grow lights. Click here to learn more.
the Closed by Lettuce Grow is a modular, pod-based, self-watering vertical growing system. Simply add water and nutrients to the tank, place the pods and plug it in. In a few weeks, you will have a sleek and elegant tower of vegetation. With a footprint measuring two feet by two feet and ranging in height from three to six feet, the Farmstand can grow between 12 and 36 plants at a time. It works both indoors and outdoors. Click here to learn more.