Growing food at home is one of the best ways to lessen your home food waste and to know exactly where your food is coming from. But if you're anything like me, keeping plants alive in the house can be one tricky feat. Seeing as 55% of the world's population live in urban areas, we definitely aren't all going to have access to big gardens to develop our green thumbs, which is where science and technology are stepping in to help out us gardening rookies.
1. Lettuce Grow
The Lettuce Grow is a standing farm that lets you grow multiple different types of produce that go straight from your home stand to your table! They are self-watering, self-fertilizing hydroponic Farm Stands that come with the choice of over 200 varieties of non-GMO veggies, fruits and herbs seedlings so you can watch your produce grow within your own house.
2. Mushroom growing kits
Mushroom grow kits make growing mushrooms easy! The kits contain substrate inoculated with a live mycelium culture, which will grow into tasty, edible mushrooms. In Australia you can get a mushroom kit from Little Acre. They come with a spray bottle for misting the kit, a step-by step instruction car and a recipe card. If the kits aren't your thing, we've written a blog on other ways you can grow mushrooms at home.
An innovative indoor garden that cares for itself and grows fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables. It's like a capsule coffee machine - but for plants! And they have biodegradable plant pods. This is a similar concept to the Lettuce Grow but with a different design. It's an easy way to grow indoors and in small spaces.
4. Herb growing kits and cans
There are a few options for easy, herb growing solutions. Garden In A Can is a very low maintenance gardening, these gardens in a can are an easy way to get some more herbs into your life! They are 100% organic and non-GMO and come with a custom soil blend that provides all the nutrients your herbs need. If you're in Australia there are herb growing kit options at Bunnings.
5. Microgreens kit
Microgreens are tiny versions of leafy vegetables and herbs and they have been described as even healthier than full sized greens! These home growing kits are a great way to get microgreens into your diet without having to buy them from the store (usually in plastic). Chef'n have great, easy to use microgreen grower options for the home.
Whilst these innovations can help you out, we encourage you to also grow from scraps or learn how to make small indoor and outdoor gardens at home. Check out our blog on growing food from scraps and growing food in small spaces.