Indoor Smart Garden
Food – Then and Now
Early historical documentation suggests that hunters and gatherers wrapped meat in the leaves of bushes, accidentally discovering that this process enhanced the taste of the meat, as did certain nuts, seeds, berries, and bark. Over time we picked out and domesticated millions of different herbs for medical and culinary purposes.
Nowadays we still enjoy the benefits of that acquired knowledge. However, we lost the luxury of just stepping outside into the garden to pick some organic, fresh herbs. Because of rapidly rising world population, with it the demand for food, and with fast shrinking fresh water and arable land supplies, today’s agricultural practices are unsustainable.
Most food today has to travel great distances and still gets wasted. To increase the food production and keep the food fresh during travels, food industry uses preservatives and pesticides, in order to capitalize on the produce.
I love cooking, and I love to discover and try out new and interesting inventions for kitchen. I’m always searching for some kind of an intriguing gadget that will make my life better, easier and even entertain me while using it. Nowadays everything seems to be going digital. Products we use are becoming faster and smarter, more user friendly and even fully automated. And of course a smart garden exists. You know, the one that you can set up to take care of your plants and pretty much forget about. Perfect for today’s hectic life rhythm because many of us live fast pace lives, in overcrowded cities, boxed into our apartments and we rely on local markets for that and never actually know what we are getting.
The Smart Garden
Smart gardens are automated digital gardens. They range from soil based gardens, to those that use systems such as hydroponics and aquaponics to grow food. Furthermore, they are designed for domestic indoor growth, so they take as little space as possible in your home or office, with maximum capacity and special built-in lights. There is no need for any natural light. You can place them anywhere you wish or have space, even in dark places such as basements, attics, closets…
The best thing is, with a smart garden you can have fresh herbs and vegetables all year long, regardless of the season. The garden will let you know whenever it needs something from you, giving you great amounts of yield in return. Some smart gardens can even communicate with your smart phone and send you information about the garden. Others use simple light or sound indicators. The power consumption of the smart gardens is usually ridiculously low, like a few bucks a year low!
There are many different models and brands of smart garden systems. They range from counter-top sizes, to larger wall shelves. The great thing is most manufacturers offer pre- packed pods with growing medium inside. You can put your own seeds in these pods, or you can choose from a wide range of plants that are already planted in pods, ready to grow. You just need to put the pods in place in your smart garden and let the system do the rest. There is no mess, and no need to take out your shovel. If you are too busy or just lazy these systems are perfect because they are low maintenance and when they need something they will let you know. You just need to set it up and enjoy watching your plants grow.
What can I grow in a smart garden?
Most smart gardens are designed so that you can grow anything that gives its yield above ground , depending mainly on the size of your smart garden and maximum height of the lamp. The tallest I found on market can extend up to 24 inches (around 60cm).
To give you an idea, you can grow smaller plants like basil, cherry tomatoes, chives, lavender, oregano, parsley, peppermint etc. and you can grow bigger plants like tomatoes, paprika, cucumbers etc. It doesn’t have to be food or spices, you can even grow flowers with a smart garden. When it comes to bigger plants you can easily control the height of the plant with proper trimming. Most smart gardens come with instructions for basic gardening. And don’t forget, you can have fresh herbs and vegetables through the entire year, regardless of the season . You should feel free to experiment with different plants, that’s part of the fun. I wouldn’t recommend any plant which has roots that require more space and can harm your unit, like potatoes, carrots and such.
Overall, for those who don’t have the time or conditions to grow a regular garden the low maintenance smart garden is a great solution. Grow healthy vegetables, herbs and flowers. You can grow a beautiful bouquet of flowers to brighten up your home. Your kitchen will never run out of fresh greens.
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