This May, IKEA is introducing an indoor gardening series that lets you grow your own tasty lettuce and herbs in water. Developed in collaboration with agricultural scientists in Sweden, KRYDDA/VÄXER private brand includes everything a homeowner needs to get sprouting You start by sprouting seeds in special sponge-like cakes that are set into a tray over water, which gives just the right level of hydration to the seedlings. After they sprout, you transfer the baby plants to a tray filled with absorbent pumice and place them under a house-shaped grow light, wait, and watch them mature. Once the greens have become large enough, they’re ready to eat.
Hydroponics simply means growing plants in water without soil. With added nutrients and the right light, it allows you to garden in any small space all year round. Most of the vegetables we eat today are grown this way, and now you can do it too.