I'm not sure there is anything more frustrating than trying to replenish your supply of herbs from every shop in town. Not only are some very difficult to find but the price tag attached is mind-boggling! On top of that, if you want "fresh" herbs, check your bank balance and hope they stay in good condition for a whole week! Herbs do not last for a long period of time and are rather disappointing in both flavor and cost.
Grow Hydroponic Herbs:
Some people have chosen not to grow their own herbs with hydroponics due to limited space, the tubes, buckets, lighting and filtering systems taking up what little space they do have. On top of that it can be time consuming and that's tough if you have many other commitments. They look for other solutions or for something that will work well in their living space and their busy lives.
Founders Nick Behr and Sarah Burrows have come up with a really sweet solution with an contemporary and trendy hydroponic system that will surely be embraced by busy folks.
Nick and Sarah had tried just about every form of gardening from containers to hydroponic and found very little was working for them in their small Chicago apartment. So, they sat down and decided to design the perfect gardening system that is easy to use, looks really nice and is built from materials close to their Chicago area.
The Light Came On:
In April, they started a Kickstarter to find out if they were the only ones who were dissatisfied with indoor gardening. They were amazed at how quickly they were able to discover market interests and they were not alone regarding indoor gardening woes. They formed a community and in turn this community gave them many great ideas for their design.
Asking questions regarding so many aspects of the design ultimately brought about a great design. From a slimmer planter to a very simple timer, these were things everyone was looking for. The planters come in a variety of finishes from chalkboard, white, weathered gray and wood.
Another question they brought to their community was involving a solar panel vs a plug for the air pump. They received an overwhelming "yes" response. One-third of the backers were already purchasing solar powered planters!
Another high-end product they are implementing are brass valves vs plastic valves. Again, others thought the brass valves were worth paying a little more for.
Nick and Sarah are now working on their site and hoping to have their initial backers serve as the forum. They can test items, answer people's questions and get more people interested in their product as well as offer new ideas. They are hoping to add more inventory to their product, including grow lights, in the near future.
Living in a small apartment, Nick and Sarah fully understood other wannabe farmers and their frustration with no space. They are loving their new life as full-time hydroponic farmers!
Whether using grow boxes or planters, solar panels or grow lights hydroponic gardening is constantly changing and offering more alternatives for fresh produce without the pesticides, fungicides or herbicides.
Understanding the value and importance of indoor gardening and wanted fresh produce and herbs available any time of year is what hydroponics is all about. Nick and Sarah understood busy lifestyles and the need for a system that would allow people to have their busy commitments and still have access to fresh herbs at their fingertips!