Ikea’s indoor garden system is the perfect option for those who wish to grow their own food all year round but don’t have the garden space to be able to do it. Ikea’s indoor hydroponic garden allows anyone to grow fresh produce at home without the need for soil or any previous gardening experience.
The hydroponic system of the garden means that adequate light and water are everything that is needed to grow the plants successfully, meaning that there is no need for soil. According to the report, many of the vegetables that are widely available today are grown using this method. The absorbent foam plugs that come with the Ikea system enable the seeds to sprout, and then proceed to keep the seeds moist without over-watering them. Following the germination of the seeds, all that needs to be done is to transfer the entire foam plug into its own separate small pot and fill it with pumice stones, which can retain a lot of water.
The pots can then be transferred to a growing tray that is equipped with a solar lamp, which will provide the plants with enough nourishment to last all year round. The system is so efficient that it can even be successful in rooms without any sunlight, although they can be placed on a windowsill that gets a lot of sun if it is convenient. The growing tray is additionally equipped with a built-in water sensor, which ensures that the plants are given the perfect amount of water. Helena Karlén, from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, said, “The challenge was to make growing plants in a hydroponic system simple, so that anyone could succeed…”
Named in the KRYDDA/VÄXER series, the design was born out of a collaboration with agricultural scientists in Sweden, with a target audience of those who live in apartments or don’t have a garden, as well as people who want completely fresh produce even during the cold winter months. Whilst the system is not the first indoor hydroponic system, it is a more affordable option than most, and ideal for those with minimal space. It also fits with Ikea’s notably forward-thinking over the past few years, as they follow an eco-friendly trend towards sustainability.
What if you could have fresh organic veggies, herbs and flowers that are grown year round with no chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers right in your kitchen? Thanks to Hyundai you can! This is a whole food lovers dream come true! The Nano-Garden is an absolutely amazing invention especially for people, like myself, who are living in condos, or in houses that don’t have much yard space.
The nano-garden somewhat resembles a refrigerator, and takes up approximately the same amount of space. It contains a hydroponic system, which means that it is capable of growing plants in a mineral nutrient solution, in water, without any soil, pesticides or fertilizers. The garden also has features that will allow the user to decide the speed of growth of the veggies and herbs by controlling the amount of light, nutrient supply and water. In addition, the unit will alert its users when it is time to provide the plants with water or nutrients. It also functions as a natural air purifier by eliminating unpleasant smells.
Most people do not realize that vegetables will lose about half of their nutrients within the first week of being picked. The food that you are getting from the supermarket will not be as nutritionally rich as the food you are growing yourself and consuming immediately after harvesting. Imagine how much more fresh and alive this food tastes. If you have or have ever had a garden I’m sure you have certainly noticed a difference.
Currently, Hyundai’s Nano-Garden is just a prototype and is not available for sale. They are currently working with the manufacturer to get these on the market as soon as possible. If you are looking for something to purchase right now, check out the Urban Cultivator, which is available now and it is also quite sleek and modern looking.
If you have the space to have your own garden or have access to a community garden, you should totally take advantage of that. Being able to grow your own organic foods is one of the best ways to opt out of the system and take control of what you are putting into your body as well as those of your loved ones. Imagine fresh, local organic produce at your fingertips. Gardening is a very rewarding hobby to take part in, it is such a great way to connect back to nature and directly with the Earth.
“In our society growing food yourself has become the most radical of acts. It is truly the only effective protest one that can –and will- overturn the corporate powers that be. By the process of directly working in harmony with nature, we do the one thing most essential to change the world- we change ourselves.”