Can tech help me grow herbs and veg indoors?
Claire Davies replies:
Absolutely, Sam. There are some wonderful high-tech indoor herb and vegetable gardens to help you grow your own.
Click & Grow’s Smart Garden 3 ($99.95/£76.82, clickandgrow.com) is ideally sized for growing fresh herbs, flowers and small vegetables. Via a suite of built-in sensors it monitors water, light and nutrient levels, and, in partnership with Click & Grow’s Smart Soil, ensures your plants get optimal levels of water, oxygen and nutrients.
The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Harvest (£79.99, amazon.co.uk) and Akarina 01 Hydroponic Grow Light (£ 169.99, akarina.uk) are also great for growing small batches of herbs and veggies (lettuce, tomatoes, etc) indoors. The Akarina system automatically operates on a 16 hours of light, eight hours of dark. All you do is top up the water and fertiliser, then harvest every four weeks.
Want something bigger? Try the NIWA Standard hydroponic system, ($375/£288.22, getniwa.com), with a larger cabinet for growing peppers, tomatoes, strawberries and beans.