We’re always looking for the next biggest thing on the SBP team; particularly as it relates to home trends. And one thing we’ve all had our eye on in recent months is the visionary indoor gardening movement. Undoubtedly amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, hydroponic systems have become all the rage for a number of reasons. But why, how and which? SBP’s got you covered — and let’s just say it’s anything but the garden variety.
While indoor gardening has grown in popularity in recent years, it has gained serious momentum in the past few months alone with nearly 20% of Americans finding their green thumb amid the pandemic. But why? First off, indoor gardens provide a reliable source of food — which, let’s be honest, we were all pretty worried about back in March. And, of course, tending to a living pantry is a stellar quarantine activity.
But at a deeper level, gardens cut plastic consumption and greatly diminish the detriment of food transportation — which accounts for as much as 30% of a home’s carbon footprint. And for those who don’t have the outdoor space to create a beautiful garden (or the know-how to grow one), indoor systems are an easy way to take out the guesswork. Seems like a pretty decent win-win, huh?
Now let’s get to the nitty-gritty of what it takes to have and maintain an indoor garden. Lucky for you, modern living pantries are essentially supercharged to tend to themselves. There are countless new products on the market that grow fresh greens, herbs and even vegetables like tomatoes right within your kitchen while providing the exact temperature, nutrients and water to sustain itself.
This means you can simply sit back, relax and reap the rewards of fresh veggies without having to go to the market or waste a bunch of plastic. Welcome to a new wave of mindful eating, folks. The many advances of food-growing technology and LED lighting have also taken out the toil of traditional horticulture so you can create that garden you’ve always wanted without the stress and upkeep.
Last but certainly not least — which indoor gardens are the best? We’ve rounded up the cream of the crop below (pun slightly intended) so get to picking (!) and sow the seeds of a multifaceted living pantry (okay, that was the last one).
BACE ROTOFARM: Among the most beautifully designed hydroponic systems, the Bace Rotofarm grows a range of leafy greens, herbs, microgreens, sprouts and edible flowers all year round without any soil.
CLICK & GROW: A more affordable option, the Click & Grow Smart Garden (which has three epic products that vary in size) is perfect for growing fruit, herbs, flowers and veggies without any effort.
LETTUCE GROW: The self-watering, self-fertilizing Farmstand from Lettuce Grow makes it possible to grow 200+ varieties of veggies, fruits and herbs in 5 minutes each week. Plus, it’s a beautifully designed product.
MODERN SPROUT GROWHOUSE: Perfect for beginner growers, Modern Sprout Growhouse has a stunning countertop hydroplanter that provides water and nutrients on a pre-programmed timer to herbs, greens and more.
AEROGARDEN: Aerogarden offers a wide selection of in-home garden systems that allow you to grow everything from herbs to tall veggies, like tomatoes and bell peppers — all without sun or soil.
Are you currently growing an indoor garden? If not, which one’s piquing your interest? We’d love to know — shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us in your garden pics on Instagram at @smithandberg.