How to Grow a Garden in Your Kitchen
Indoor garden kits bring fresh produce to your fingertips all year long.
By Carly Scholl
Even the most gifted green thumbs know that gardens often struggle to survive a Sonoran summer and crops lovingly cared for all winter and spring are lost to the scorching sun. But for avid plant-lovers, cultivating fresh produce indoors and year-round is as easy as the simple touch of a button.
Over the last decade, indoor agriculture has gained momentum as a top home trend thanks to new technological developments and increased demand from consumers who are discovering the value of fresh, organic, sustainable produce made easy. From small startup brands that take inspiration from NASA in the development of their grow kits to worldwide appliance giants, everyone is getting in on the trend.
Here are a few of our favorite indoor growing systems that can help you beat the summer slump—or simply embrace a new, high-tech way of gardening all year long.
The Integrated Garden
Taking the concept of in-home growing systems to an elevated level, global companies big and small are introducing indoor garden appliances to the market. At the annual Consumer Electronics Show in
Las Vegas this past January, LG and Samsung revealed their urban gardening concepts, which are projected to become available to consumers later this year. Both designs resemble sleek columnar refrigerators but actually grow a multitude of fresh produce inside using complex smart technologies.
Also debuting earlier this year at Las Vegas’ Kitchen and Bath Industry Show was the Kitchen Garden by Natufia. “The health aspect of the Kitchen Garden was very important to me,” says Gregory Lu, co-founder of the company. “When I started working on this design, I learned so much about pesticides and herbicides, and it really scared me to think about what we’re ingesting along with our produce.” In addition to the health benefits of Natufia’s organic, non-GMO seeds, Lu also notes the advantage of having a year-round harvest. “Arizona has a beautiful winter season, but it can be hard to grow plants in the summer,” he says. “I wanted to make something that allowed people to have autonomy over their food and not have their gardens dictated by the weather.”
The Moveable Feast
If your kitchen can’t fit a whole new appliance, opt for a free-standing grow system that allows you to choose where you want your garden to flourish. Aeroponic and hydroponic designs are ideal, as they nurture plants in air or water environments, respectively, and without the use of soil. These innovative structures can cultivate plenty of produce on their own and are fascinating to watch, making them perfect for families with curious kids.
The Countertop Comrade
For the homeowner without much space to spare—or the conservative type who doesn’t need a whole garden’s worth of greens for every meal—a compact countertop grow kit is the perfect option. Set one in your kitchen, living room or even master bathroom for a touch of biophilic harmony, and witness your minigarden flourish with little to no maintenance.