I found something interesting today related to seed starting. The older I get, the more I think I should simplify.
I was looking around on line for some cool indoor containers that would be fun to grow basil seeds and found this cute little kit. It seems a bit pricey, but it looks sleek and contained.
This unit is self contained and includes:
- a grow light
- a self watering system with water reservoir
- cartridges of special soil with seeds already embedded in them (evidently these are re-usable)
How it works:
According to the video, you pop in a pre-planted seed thingy that has the perfect amount of nutrients, special soil, etc. all in a cartridge of sorts.
- pop in a cartridge,
- fill a reservoir with water,
- and plug it in.
- Self watering seeds are a go.
Who Could Benefit from a Product Like This:
It could potentially be awesome if you are one of those crazy busy people who wants fresh basil, but can’t handle one more thing to remember to take care of. Or if you are going to be gone for a few days, and don’t want to have your seedlings dry out, this might be something worth checking out.
The company claims you can grow your own cherry tomatoes in it, but I am highly skeptical about that. Do they have a clue as to how huge a cherry tomato plant gets? Even if it’s a super dwarf variety meant for containers, I would still not plant a cherry tomato in it, unless you plan to just start the plant and then plant it outside once it gets about 5 inches tall or so.
Plants that I think you would have the most success with using this unit:
- mizuna (Japanese mustard greens),
- radishes(if using for microgreens),
- beets(for microgreens),
- basically, any kind of plant that you would like to eat regularly for microgreens.
Why I think small leafy greens would work best:
The reason I think it could work well for herbs that you eat regularly, is because you can maintain a small enough size plant that is compatible with the size of the unit because you will be eating your greens regularly.
I would love to test this product out and give a review! I think it would be great for a city dweller with a small apartment or condo who doesn’t want to mess with a huge garden, but enjoys being able to pick a few tasty herbs to garnish meals, or simply to scratch and sniff!
What do you guys think of the look?