This Christmas, my husband and I decided to splurge on an indoor hydroponic garden. I did a lot of research into different products on the market, and we ultimately chose Gardyn. This is what it looks like full of plants:
When you sign up, you get the Garden system and 30 little seed pods. My plants have been growing for a little over a month, and I’ve got lettuces, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, and even some flowers going They’re still small, but they’re coming along!
Water and light are both automated, and there’s an app that helps monitor growth, teach you about your plants, and remind you when it’s time to refresh the water tank. As a tech fanatic, I think it’s super cool. You can also opt in to their seed subscription where you’ll get auto-charged for new pods every month.
As for negatives, the biggest downside so far is that the light is really bright. I prefer “mood lighting” in the evenings, and I find the brightest light a little glaring. It automatically turns off at 9pm, but from about 7 until 9 I’m like:
Once my plants are bigger, they shouldn’t require as much bright light, which is good news. I also have to call out the cost. I bought my Gardyn on sale, but it still cost over $500. I did the math, and I think I’ll see that flow back into my wallet over time, but… yeah. It’s an investment for sure. Lastly, I signed up for the subscription when I joined, but I’m not sure if I’ll continue. My plants are still growing so it’s hard to tell how frequently I’ll need to replace them, but I have a feeling I’m going to end up with a surplus of seed pod credits.
Still, I’m very happy with my purchase. Watching the plants grow has been a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to a big burst of green against my kitchen wall. I’ll keep you all updated as the plants grow! I can’t wait until everything is large enough that I can make an entire “big salad” from my indoor hydroponic garden.