Cultivating my Garden with GroFresh:
Now I’ve moved from a flat to a small house, I’m keen to get my gardening skills honed. That said, I don’t have a lot of space and there’s nowhere for a proper greenhouse. And, propagating plants from seeds is something that needs daily care. Those of you who follow London-Unattached regularly will realise that I am often away for short trips – both in the UK and overseas. That daily routine isn’t always easy and so, instead, I’ve tended to buy plants which are ready to be moved outside, where nature can take care of the watering and sunshine. But, the GroFresh KITCHEN GARDEN is a great solution to my challenge. Now sitting on my kitchen worktop, the Kitchen Garden comes with three little pods and a hydroponic cultivation system, the patented Celpod ™ method of growing, which means you don’t need soil.
Essentially, each Celpod ™ contains a little sponge which you plant seeds or seedlings into. That sponge sits in a special tank and is fed from a reservoir below.
There’s a light on a timer, so that the seedlings get 16 hours of light a day, despite living in my basement kitchen. And, the whole system comes with an alarm to let you know when you need to top up the water and nutrient reservoir. The plants can be covered with a clear biodome while you are propagating them – and once they are big and strong enough you simply lift that off each individual Celpod.
I wanted to check that it all worked as it said it would do before I shared with you.
I planted three sorts of seeds. Basil, because I love having fresh basil growing in the kitchen and the temperamental British weather means that it doesn’t generally last for long outside. Rocket, which I’m hoping I’ll be able to transplant outdoors once it’s a little bigger and some ‘Italian Mixed Herbs’ simply out of curiosity to see if they grew.
I’m delighted to let you know that I now have babies! Each Celpod ™ has several small seedlings. The Italian mixed herb is probably the least successful as some of the seedlings appear to be crowding out the weaker ones. But, I’m convinced that in another couple of weeks I’ll have at least a decent crop of basil and enough rocket for a few salads. I’m sure I’ll have some Italian herbs too, just not quite sure which ones!
What I like best about my GroFresh kitchen garden is that I really can just leave it to do its own thing. And, if I choose, I can continue to grow indoor basil and perhaps some other herbs and salad through the winter. It’s an excellent complement to my outdoor space, but it would work equally well for someone living in a flat who wanted a compact way to grow their own herbs and salad leaves. It’s a well thought out design that works and looks pretty good on my worktop in between the Joseph Joseph and De Longhi coffee machine! You can turn the pods round so that the plants grow evenly, you can refill the Celpod ™ with new seeds or plants and, if like me you have a tendency to forget to water your plants, the system has an alarm to let you know that you need to add more water.
If you’d like one for yourself, the Microgrower site has a range of options you can choose from in different colours. I’ve got one to giveaway to a lucky London-Unattached reader too. Just follow the rafflecopter through for your chance to win!
And, just in case you want yours straight away or don’t want to risk not winning, Microgrower has offered me a special discount for London-Unattached readers. There’s a limited quantity of 200 units To order your own GroFresh Kitchen Garden at the discounted price of £39 (UK only), you just need to mail firstname.lastname@example.org quoting WZL200 That’s over £20 discount on the price offered on Amazon – a great deal I’m sure you’ll agree. But, you’ll need to be quick to get one at such a bargain price.
Disclosure – I was sent a sample of the GroFresh Kitchen Garden for the purpose of reviewing – all content is editorially given