Indoor vegetable gardens prove to be a growing Tendency

A tasty salad of tender pea shoots. Handfuls of fragrant herbs to the stew. Snack veggies for lunch boxes.

Maintaining a fresh supply of herbs and greens available could be hard as the growing season winds down, or should youn’t have a garden. However, now you can plop a planter anywhere in your home, set a couple of timers, and in about ten days you are going to be nibbling greens like a contented rabbit. All year round.

There are an assortment of indoor grow gardens on the market that come with everything you’ll need: planter, planting seeds, medium, bark and a high-intensity grow light. Smart technology and remote controls adjust humidity and lighting levels, so even if your thumb’s not the greenest, you may still find success.

Linnea and Tarren Wolfe of Vancouver decided to design a house grower after watching their children gobble up sunflower and pea-shoot microgreens “like potato chips{}”

Their Urban Cultivator resembles a wine refrigerator. It comes as a freestanding unit, topped with a butcher block, or it can be installed under the counter and hooked up just like a dishwasher. The company provides an extensive seed choice, but anything from the local garden centre will expand.

Linnea Wolfe advises home gardeners to do a little research into the advantages of the edible, immature greens called microgreens.

“Most of them just take about 7 to 10 days to grow,” she says. “You can mass-consume them and the health benefits are extraordinary.”

The backyard trend is part of a, well, growing movement, says New York landscape architect Janice Parker.

“The technology of those kits simplifies hydroponic gardening at its best, and makes it accessible to all,” she says. You do not need a lawn, or favourable weather.

“What a joy to have fresh herbs, flowers and vegetables, and also experience a connection to nature wherever you’re,” says Parker.

She believes these kits should not just be relegated to the kitchen.

“I’d put them anywhere — dining room tables and coffee tables come to mind. Or in ‘dead’ spaces which have no interest or light,” she says.

She advocates growing plants with both flair and flavour: “Chives, dill, rosemary, fennel, basil and nasturtiums have stunning flowers and gorgeous foliage.”

Miracle Gro’s lineup of Aerogarden indoor planters includes the Sprout, which is about the size of a coffee maker and appropriate for herbs, in addition to a bigger model where you can grow just about anything. Prepackaged seed pods, such as lettuces, cherry tomatoes, herb blends and petunias, come prepared to pop in the planter. An LCD control panel helps adjust watering and lighting needs.

Click amp Grow’s planter is streamlined. It’s room for three plants, and an integrated LED light rod and unique lightweight soil are included. The planter comes in white, beige or grey. There is a walnut wood case available for the herb version.

LA Farms’ vertical garden would make a vibrant addition to a sunny sunroom or kitchen. A circulating pump brings a soothing burble of water up and throughout the tower-shaped planter.

So what to grow inside, if you are a novice?

“Leafy greens like arugula, kale and butter lettuce, and herbs like parsley, cilantro, thyme and oregano prove to be easiest for indoor climbing,” says LA Farms’ founder, Wendy Goodman, of Los Angeles. “These plants need less light, have a simple germination process and typically develop faster than other produce.”

Courtesy: The Globe And Mail

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