There’s simply no denying that when it comes to vegetables and herbs, whether for cooking or snacking on raw, that fresher means better. And there’s nothing fresher than homegrown!
The problem? Living in an apartment in the notoriously concrete covered Melbourne, can be an issue. Throw in that I have a tiny balcony space and no roof access = little greenery. I have a little green thumb, and more honestly, unable to regularly afford fresh, organic produce, so we went on the search for ways to turn my home into a fruitful oasis of greens.
Here are some might little indoor gardens you can use to grow your own!
By combining fish and hydroponic gardening, aquaponics does things that neither can do alone, dramatically reducing waste and maintenance. By circulating the water from your aquarium through the Garden’s bed, the AquaSprouts Garden recycles fish waste to provide vital nutrients for growing plants, leaving the water clean and clear without the need for additional filters or frequent water changes!! Easy fun and you can grow greens all year round!
Aggressively Organic’s systems employ hydroponics in a simple form without filters or pumps. Their product consists of a foldable cardboard chamber, a liner, a coconut coir disc in which seeds are planted, reusable net cups to hold the plant, and a nutrient solution. There’s no electricity required, although growers can place their indoor gardens under a desk lamp if they can’t keep them in a windowsill. The system is extremely water efficient – it takes 25 gallons of water to grow a head of lettuce in the ground, but Aggressively Organic can produce the same amount of lettuce with 16 ounces of H2O.
The Glowpear Urban Garden is specifically designed for growing a wide range of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers, and it's perfect for balconies, courtyards, decks and patios, indoors or outside. Best of all, you'll never have to worry about forgetting to water your plants again. Every Glowpear Urban Garden comes with its own integrated self-watering system to ensure your plants thrive, regardless of your busy lifestyle and your holiday choices. If using outside, it's recommended that you treat the wooden legs to protect them from the elements.v
4. Urban Green - Micro Grow Kit
Microgreens are tiny delicate greens that are big on nutrition and flavour. They are the perfect crop for the urban gardener who is limited to tiny spaces or a windowsill. Stay up with the latest fine dining restaurant or specialty food store and grow your own.This Urban Greens Grow Kit contains everything you need to grow a windowsill full of microgreens!
The Smart Garden 9 is a meticulously designed, self-growing indoor garden that revolutionizes how fresh food is grown.
This NASA inspired Smart Soil makes sure plants get the optimal configuration of water, oxygen, and nutrients, while special LED grow lights provide your plants with the energy they need to thrive. All you need to do is plug in the biodegradable plant capsules, fill the water tank and plug in the power cord. Your Smart Garden 9 will take care of the rest: it’s the ultimate set-it-and-forget-it garden system that will grow herbs, flowers and salad greens with zero effort.