Grow your own fresh food – even in an apartment

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Grow vegetables in your home
By Jerry Brownstein
If you want to grow some of your own food, but do not have the land to do it, then Ikea’s indoor hydroponic garden system may be just what you are looking for. This simple kit allows you to grow fresh produce at home without the need for soil or any previous gardening experience. Here’s how it works: Seeds are placed in absorbent foam plugs that keep them moist with just the right amount of water. This enables the seeds to sprout, and then the foam plugs are transferred into a small pot that is filled with pumice stones. The pots are placed in a growing tray that is equipped with a solar lamp and a water sensor which ensures that the plants are given the ideal amount of water. The system comes with everything you need to get started:  seeds, starter plugs, nursery box, fertilizer, pumice stones, and light fixture.

Ikea collaborated with Swedish agricultural scientists to create this design that is aimed to be used by people who live in apartments or in a house without a garden. As Helena Karlén, from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, explained, “The challenge was to make growing plants in a hydroponic system so simple that anyone could succeed.” The spokesman for Ikea said: “We wanted to create gardening kits that would make it simple for people to grow their own herbs and vegetables 12 months a year. It’s about creating a more sustainable and healthier life at home for everyone”.


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