Kitchen gardening and #Grow365

Anyone with a green thumb can attest to the changing of the seasons and how we relate to each season as a gardener. Each year we anxiously await for winter to dissipate, the ground to warm up and the soil awaken to allow for plants to grow and thrive. This cycle of plant, grow and harvest has been at the heart of farming since the first settlers grew corn.

As of January 2019, CDC Says it is safe to eat Romaine Lettuce Again.

Today artificial intelligence and big data dominate the media and farming world. Mass production of produce is now an exact science and getting more “techy” all the time. During the romaine lettuce bacteria scare, many people started to ask the question is the food I buy safe? The question you may ponder is, can I grow my own food?

If you buy any fruit, vegetables or herbs at your retail store of choice (or Amazon if you prefer), have you ever given pause to think about where it is grown or even how it was grown? Depending on where you live, it may be from Mexico, South America, the United States or Asia. Food production is a complex supply chain, and all crops have preferred soil and weather conditions. Now for the “eureka” moment… you can grow many of the vegetables and herbs you now buy and technology has made this easy for the novice grower.

Our technology partners, PlantBox have taken years of plant growing knowledge and built a complete farm in a box which fits right in your kitchen. PlantBox have taken years of plant growing expertise from leading plant experts and built a complete farm in a box which fits right in your kitchen. The Eco Kitchen can grow lettuce, cherry tomatoes, flowers, fresh herbs (basil, oregano, thyme, parsley) and more. For the first time consumers now have the power to grow 12 months a year, food for their families! Follow along our journey of growing our own food!

Indoor Gardening meets Hi-tech!

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I have always had a passion for growing vegetables, but living in a cold climate, the outdoor growing season only runs from May to September. How can you have fresh herbs, lettuce and other veggies in the dead of winter? Once you know there is a solution, my inner skeptic jumps in and asks what is the catch? Quite simply, there is the upfront cost in the grow system and that is it! You are now growing in a sustainable way without pesticides and the most energy efficient way using LED lights.

After years of tinkering and research, the answer was right in front of us… EcoKitchen Indoor Grow system! Imagine the smell of fresh herbs growing in your kitchen 365 days a year.

Our first crop is mescaline lettuce and basil. Our family has 2 vegetarians, so it is essential to have lots of veggies growing at all times. The setup of the EcoKitchen hydroponic system was done in a matter of 10 minutes. The wood is bamboo, and you simply take the LED light panel and attach the side panels with the provided screws to the top and bottom of the unit. The heart of the system is the water resevoir and pump. Each box comes with 12 grow pods which you insert your favorite seeds. Planting your first indoor garden could not be easier, simply make some holes in the grow media and insert your herbs or veggie seeds in the provided grow pods.

The last step to getting your crop growing is adding water to the resevoir and adding organic nutrients. The EcoKitchen does all the heavy lifting for you. Each day the lights run 14 hours on and then automatically shut off for 10 hours. After the first week, check your seed germination and remove the weaker looking seedlings. Check back next week for some videos and follow the progress.

Check out our Instagram feed for more pictures along our indoor hydroponic gardening journey @radiancehydro.