Why Investing in an indoor garden Is Wise

I think you will agree with me when I say its really hard to find time to grow your own food. Well it doesn’t actually have to be that difficult if you know about the right tools that let you grow organic food without you having to put much time into it. Learn why  Investing in an indoor garden is wise. 

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Indoor Garden

Start growing with an Indoor Garden

Indoor gardens come in a variety forms and sizes. Some claim to be smart but aren’t really and others are actually really basic. Read here about what features of a good indoor garden you should be looking for. 

The Benefits

The Benefits of growing indoors are evident

Growing indoors with a smart indoor garden kit can be a very easy fun thing to do and doesn’t require you having a Masters in growing or gardening. It is important though that you get yourself a system that is truly smart ie it really does have all functions automated and sends you notification if it needs attention. Always keep in mind that you want to make your life easier and not add additional tasks to your busy day. 

  • Grow 365 days of the year 
  • Less risk of pests ruining your plants 
  • Enjoy the benefits of air purifying during plant growth 
  • Help kids to understand how plants grow 
  • Harvest your produce in easy reach 

The different types of Indoor garden

There are numerous different types of indoor gardens available, and depending on the space you have available some might be more suitable than others. 

Kitchen

Kitchen-top Indoor Garden: Lets you grow a few herbs in your kitchen

They usually come in form of small plastic units with a water reservoir and integrated lights. They grow 1-9 small plants such as basil for example that are nice to throw in your salad. 

The benefit of those are that they are small and compact, and look nice. 

The downside is though that you can only grow a few plants at a time and once they are harvested you need to wait for the next plants to mature. So you do not have a continuous supply and it is not really a replacement for buying produce from the supermarket. You also cannot grow bigger plants that need support such as tomatoes or bean stalks. These systems are usually not smart, though they will tell you when to add water. 

Floor

Small Floor-based Indoor Garden: Lets you grow a few tomatoes in your living room

These usually come in the form of small sideboard size and have integrated light and watering. Some even feature climate control, allowing you to manage the temperature and humidity levels inside the unit. 

The benefit of these is that you can grow bigger plants such as tomatoes. 

The downside is that most systems do not have plant support. So while they let you grow tall plants, you need to figure out the plant support yourself. That can give inconsistent results, doesn’t look pretty and it just takes time that people often don’t have. 

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Larger Floor-based Indoor Garden: Lets you grow more plants in a bigger space

These usually come in the form of small cupboards or growing towers that can be placed anywhere in your house. Often they go well on the balcony as they benefit from natural sunlight.  Sometimes you can buy an add-on lighting kit so you can grow indoors.  

The benefit is that you can grow larger amounts of plants but mainly salads and herbs, most of the units cannot support taller plant species 

The downside is that such systems take a lot of floor space and look bulky, some of them can be pretty noisy and do not look too pleasing so that you might not want to display those in your living area. 

Wall

Wall-mounted Indoor garden: Lets you grow vertically

They usually come in form of a green wall type of set up. 

The benefit is that they do not use a lot of space as they can be placed on any free wall in your house. There are further systems that come with plant support, letting you grow small and taller plants in the units, so you have ultimate flexibility. 

Given they only use wall space, they can grow more plants at once so you have a continuous supply of food and the best in my view is that they create a green artlike picture which is simply nice to look at. 

The downside of such systems can be that some come without plant support, so make sure you get one that can grow taller plants as well. The number of plants they can grow is important as well. Opt for at least 30 plants in a unit as you want to supply your family every day with fresh salad and veggies. 

Hydroponic vs soil based gardens

Once you have a hydroponic system you’ll never look back. Strong plant growth, mostly diseasefree plants that are thriving in much less time than that of a typical soilbased garden…..  People are rapidly moving towards hydroponic garden and here is why! 

Hydroponic Garden

Hydroponic growing results in sturdy, healthy and more vibrant plants that usually have more vitamins compared with traditional growing methods. This is mainly due to the fact that minerals are directly getting to the roots allowing the plant to produce greenery, stems, leaves and fruit, instead of large root systems.  

It is also worth noting that hydroponic systems are good for the environment.  As the water is recirculating within a closed system, it can use up to 90% less water than soil-based growing. 

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Senior Woman Gardening

Soil-based Garden

In soil, a plants roots have to grow ever larger, always trying to find nutrients.  This is why typically a soil based plant has a much larger root system than hydroponic.  

Soil is generally fairly self-managing, as long as you add a bit of fertilizer every now and then.  If there is something not quite right with your soil though, it takes quite a green thumb (ie expertise) to be able to correct it, and these take quite a while to show. Errors such as overwatering can also create problems.

For some the feel of getting soil under their fingernails is as much of a reward as the plants themselves.

TOP RESULTS with hyDroponic

8 reasons why hydroponic indoor gardens top other gardening solutions… 

Trying something new can be exciting. We are showing you below the benefits of hydroponic systems

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Quicker Results

Your veggies grow much quickerUp to 30-50% faster than soil-grown plants for example.   

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Chemical Free

Plants that grow indoors are less susceptible to pests and disease than those grown outdoors.  By removing the soil, you are also reducing a lot of potential diseases…. It means a lot less time and money spent on pest control. 

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Space Saving

Especially with wall mounted vertical hydroponic garden kits. Growing vertically saves an incredible amount of space and has the added benefit of looking great like a piece of natural art.  When you are using wall space, suddenly you have a LOT more room to grow. 

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Better Control 

With automated smart hydroponic indoor gardens you get to create and maintain the conditions you want.  A couple of systems come with an app that lets you have complete control over factors such as nutrient levels, light, humidity and plant growth. You can create an amazing indoor garden on your wall, and the system will make it easy for you to maintain it! 

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Water EFFICIENCY

Hydroponic gardening is suitable for any climate even those with dry and arid environments such as deserts and/or areas where salt water has affected the soils growing abilities.  The closed system recycles water so efficiently that it uses only 10% of the water required for soil-based growing.  

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No Cleaning & Weeding

If you have ever ventured into outdoor soilbased gardening you know what it means to spend time on annoying tasks such as weeding and cleaning up the leaves or snails that made their way to your veggies. Wouldn’t you rather just pour some water into a reservoir and let the smart garden take care of the rest for you? Easy and efficient! 

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Grow Local 

Because you can grow indoors and capitalize on all that unused wall space you have, there’s a huge area you could grow your food on. Hydroponics work so well, it’s entirely possible to grow in the darkest corner of your home if you wanted to, if you have grow lights.  Urban gardening is a huge and growing movement and essential in reducing carbon footprint and supporting the environment by reducing transport across countries and continents. It helps in tackling food security issues worldwide. 

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HARVEST AGAIN & AGAIN

Once you have your initial plants growing, you can continuously harvest from your plants as they will keep on producing depending on species.  All this with minimal effort compared to a traditional soil-based garden.

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Smart vs Standard

Smart Indoor garden vs standard indoor gardens

Perhaps you are asking why an indoor garden would have to be smart? Its not so much the garden that benefits from being smart, it is much more the user. If you have a busy lifestyle and love looking after your family and socializing with friends, you know what it means to not have a lot time. The last thing you need is even more things to think about. 

Plant growth

The 3 key requirements for every plant to grow:

Each plant needs at least: water, air and light to grow. If one of these elementary requirements is compromised, you will not get your desired result. Smart gardens control these aspects while standard units don’t. 

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Smart Indoor Garden

If you are like me, you probably want cheap organic food to feed your family. Ideally super fresh so it still has all its vitamins. You do not want it to break the bank by getting it from an organic store and anyway who has time to go food shopping every day. You are also thinking about the environmental impact of this organic produce being transported from wherever they come from to your closest retailer and shake your head when you see that your organic rocket comes wrapped in plastic. 

In summary you want an easy solution to having organic veggies at home without hassle and without much of your time wasted to get there. 

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How much will I have to Engage with a smart Indoor Garden?

Smart Indoor gardens will eliminate the hassle and minimise your time inputs. If they are truly smart they come not only automated but they have sensors that measure water levels, water nutrients, plant growth and plant health. They automatically then manage things like water circulation, light and nutrition for you, so you do not have remember. They just drop you a reminder on your phone every so often to tell you to add water or drop in a fertilizer pod for example. Easy as that. 

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Does my smart indoor garden need to have sensors?

Just be mindful of buying a truly smart system with sensors and ready mixed fertilizers as otherwise you might still not know what your plants need if they do not grow!  

Most smart systems come with fertilizer pods. You might ask why. The reason is that the manufacturer knows best how the system works, how much water circulates or evaporates and what this means to your plant.  

These readymade fertilizer pods make it easy for you, as you just throw them in when the app tells you to, usually every couple of weeks. That’s all you need to do. Smart systems take care of the rest. 

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What if I go on vacation? Can my Smart Indoor Garden survive my Holidays?

Real smart indoor gardens can manage up to 2 weeks without attention from anyone, which means you can just go off and enjoy your time without worrying that your veggies will die while away. Indeed, once you are back you will be surprised with a lush abundance of veggies ready and waiting for you to eat when you get back home. 

Standard Indoor Garden

Standard indoor gardens are usually much cheaper than smart ones for obvious reasons, they do not have any of the technical equipment that makes the unit more expensive.  

Why normal indoor garden kits can be a lot of work

Standard indoor gardens need you to remember to switch it on (and off, as plants need to rest), though sometimes they come with a timer and “ta-daa the clever marketing manager decides to call the unit smartStandard units need a lot of attention, they often require you to regularly check the water level and decide when to change the water. Similar but separate process for maintaining nutrients in the water. If you forget or you get the nutrient mix wrong, your plants either do not grow properly or they die.  

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Why standard indoor gardens cannot be left alone.

Standard systems are not very practical either as you cannot leave them alone when you go away on vacation. There’s just too much monitoring needed in case something is not quite right.  Plus, soil-based systems need maintenance every other day. 

Why do standard gardens need growing knowledge

Plants need nutrients to grow. Depending on the system you are choosing you might opt for a non-soil based growing system that only uses nutrientrich water to grow your plants. 

If you are choosing a growing kit that does not come with premixed nutrients, it will be up to you to either buy a readymixed one or mix it yourself. You might not be aware that the best nutrients for your system are a combination of 3 main minerals.

The mix needs to be right for each growth stage of your plants for them to flourish. If that’s not the case you might end up with smaller plants that do not mature and do not bear fruits.  

There is a fair bit of science behind getting nutrition right – it’s certainly manageable but for many it’s probably more effort than they want to sign on for. 

What is the best indoor gardening kit to buy then?

This is a bit dependent on your requirements. If you have not much space or you simply prefer to have your indoor garden on the wall, you might want to look into one of these spacesaving solutions. 

Additionally, if you are usually quite busy and think you do not have much time to spend on looking after your indoor garden, I recommend going for a smart indoor garden, as it really doesn’t take much of your time as all functions are automated 

If you are like me and want to feed your family daily from your indoor garden and not just show them proudly the odd basil leaves every other day from your kitchentop herb garden, opt for a unit that has a large enough growing capacity of at least 30 plants so you can use it every day. 

Also if you wanted to also grow larger plants such as tomatoes, you would want to get a system with integrated plant support so you do not need to start crafting yourself. 

As with everything, I like minimalistic, clean design, that fits well with my home. Many indoor gardens are bulky and ugly. Look for a unit that pleases the eye. That looks more like green art than like a veggie garden. Your friends will surely be amazed next time they see it. 

If you are a bit of a techsavvy consumer like me, and you probably want to have full control via a device, no doubt as part of your integrated smart home setup. Opt for a really smart indoor garden that comes with an App and even tells you when your salad is ready.  It can even support you with a fitting recipe to match what’s ready in your garden. It could not be simpler. 

The summary - What should you buy?

In summary, a wall mounted, large capacity indoor garden kit, that has integrated plant support and is truly smart and offers ready mixed fertilizer capsules is the most convenient and peaceofmind system out there in the market. They might be a little more expensive than others with fewer functions but at least you know you will continue to use the unit and not stop looking after it once the first excitement about your first owngrown basil has faded. 

I hope this post showed you how easy it can be to start growing your own veggies at home.  Now its up to you. Which is the right system for you? Are you like me and wanting everything done for you or would you rather get more involved yourself? 

Or maybe you don’t believe in indoor gardening and go traditional and grow in your back yard.  Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now. Happy growing!