Let’s face it: “clean, farm-to-table organic eating” often comes with a hefty price tag.
At least, it used to. Now, it’s easier than ever to grow your own food thanks to the mass availability of indoor gardening products that can turn your apartment into your own mini farm.
A home cultivator is the next best home appliance since the dishwasher – at least, it will become so soon. At a time when we’re more cautious than ever (see: borderline obsessed) with what we put in our bodies, they’re becoming quick staples in homes across the country.
Now sold everywhere from IKEA to online platforms, home cultivators allow you to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and even marijuana without sunlight, outdoor space or a green thumb. They offer the home growth of strawberries, onions, hot peppers, lettuce, carrots and micro greens, offering local and organic eating after the farmers’ markets pack up for the season.
Let’s not forget that indoor gardening could save you a few dollars if you have a thing for medical marijuana, especially as restrictions loosen for its home cultivation (just sayin’).
One of the more popular cultivators on the market is The Seedo, which is about the size of a mini fridge and available online. For a reported price tag of more than $1000 (USD), it allows you to successfully (and super easily) cultivate fruits, vegetables, herbs, micro greens and flowering plants. Seedo was initially slated to hit the market in Februry, but the company had to push the release date to the summer after a demonstration video for the product leaked it to the public. After its quick viral success, the demand for the product soared.
Simultaneously, talk of the indoor gardening trend has started to surface in countless headlines and on Pinterest alike.
IKEA was at the forefront of bringing urban farming into the home with last year’s release of its own DIY indoor garden. The KRYDDA/VÄXER series was developed in collaboration with agricultural scientists and runs on a hydroponic system. All you have to do is keep an eye on the water levels (seriously, it couldn’t be simpler). After plants grow in the incubator’s foam plugs, they are transferred into pots and arranged in a solar lamp-equipped growing tray as they continue to flourish.
In February of this year, IKEA introduced a flat-pack indoor garden called the Growroom. The spherical garden is made from plywood that you can now build at home – that is, if you have the space.
For the new set of urban growers with dollars to burn, the Martha Stewart-approved and B.C.-based Urban Cultivator ($2800 USD) – hailed the “fully automated kitchen garden” – grows eight varieties of herbs and micro-greens simultaneously.
The easiest way to know where your food is coming from is to rely on your own home garden. Not to mention, you’ll save yourself some of your hard-earned dollars in the process. Finally, it could be the closest to nature that you’re going to get in a given workweek.