Added by on 2017-01-29

We’re on the hunt for a foolproof way to grow salad indoors and grow more of the food we eat. We’ve set ourselves a challenge to see how much green goodness we can grow right here in Hubbub HQ. Being on the 3rd floor in central London presented a problem in terms of traditional growing and it’s a little too soon to crack out our window boxes (which will be coming in the spring), so we’ve opted to use a Hydroponics kit which allows you to grow without sunlight or soil. This isn’t by any means the only means to grow indoors and there are plenty of cheaper options if you don’t want to invest in a full hydroponic kit. This version with all the bells and whistles cost us just under £200 from Ikea (http://bit.ly/2jCvA8N) but there are cheaper options especially if you’re only looking to grow a couple of things so shop around to find the best deal for you! Our precious seedlings are on the very first stage of their journey from seed to plate but in a few weeks time we should start seeing the first shoots of watercress, amaranth, romaine Lettuce, parsley, mustard, pak choi basil, chard, rocket and coriander. Needless to say we are giddy with excitement, but this is the first time a lot of us have tried growing food so, if you are already growing in your office or at home and have some green-fingered wisdom please pass it on in the comments below! Equally, if like us, you’re just starting growing for the first time get in touch and let us know how it’s going. Take up the challenge and see just how much food you could grow in your office or bedroom! We’ve estimated you could save around £50 a […]

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3 Comments

  • Lisa Cole 9 months ago

    1) You really don't want to grow in your bedroom with one of those lights, they are around 6000 lumen of bright white wake up light, they will mess with your circadian rhythms big time and stop you sleeping. The lights need to be on 16 hours a day so theoretically you could time it to be off for 8 hours of sleeping but bright light before bed time is not a good thing.

    2) You don't need the growing nursery if you only have a single layer hydro unit, the biggest Ikea grows 15 plants at a time. use a small tuppaware instead, if it is cold you can upturn one over the other to make a mini grow house. Use this to start of a few plants at a time when you have the first lot established so you can replace them as you go along.

    3)The next stage, potting the plugs into the growing media is messy, put down paper! You can reuse the growing media after though, just rinse it through a sieve and dry it off.

    It's 6 weeks into my growing salad at home trial, my resolution is to give up bagged salad so what you are doing is really interesting for me! We should be eating our first salad next week! Blog here – feel free to delete if you don't want it here. http://less-stuff.co.uk/indoor-salad-gardening-ikea-live-lagom/

  • Philippa Edwards 9 months ago

    Loving the veggie stop motion! Also, I had no idea about hydroponics, so thanks for the tips Sarah 🙂 xx

  • Taaketa Dinloka 9 months ago

    I'm super enjoying these.