Growing indoor vegetable or herb gardens is easier than ever thanks to the wide variety of indoor gardening supplies available.
Literally anyone can now create an indoor garden even where sunlight is limited, using hydroculture equipment such as gardening kits, indoor growing systems, and hydroponic supplies.
Hydroponics is a type of gardening in which plants are grown using a blend of nutrients and water in place of soil. According to experienced hydroponic gardeners, this method usually results in higher yields and requires a lot less space. It also conserves soil and water - and when indoors, is a lot less messy.
One high-profile international hydroponic gardening solution is the AeroGarden, a smart cabinet-like machine that houses pods of seeds and either keeps water circulating to help the seeds grow, or features pods that are long enough to reach the water in the bottom. An artificial light simulates sunlight, so the owner doesn’t have to worry about whether the kitchen windows face to east or west.
For those who don't have the time for gardening or worry about forgetting to maintain it, the AeroGarden prompts the owner with reminders when nutrients need to be added.
Other indoor gardening solutions include hydroponic tents which can be easily set up indoors, featuring light and irrigation, sold on TradeSquare by Trade Plaza. Besides the tents Trade Plaza sells lights and ventilation kits. (Shop now: Hydroponics)
It’s important to remember that hydroponic gardening is not only for advanced gardeners or for commercial farms but also for the beginners. Anyone can grow their favourite plants hydroponically with support from hydroponic supplies.
Moreover, this is a great way to encourage urban-dwelling kids to live more closely with nature. Encourage them to learn patience watching their own indoor vegetable gardens grow until they are ready to harvest for home-cooked meals.
Many parents find it hard to get their children to eat their vegetables - but maybe they’ll be more inclined to if they have the satisfaction of knowing they grew them!