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.