Using Garden Time to Grow your indoor Garden
Few things bring joy quite like watching seeds sprout and become the beginning of a garden. Children especially love to watch the transformation and feel the pride of turning a patch of dirt into flowers or herbs. It’s easy to cultivate an indoor garden when you use the Garden Time system. The iPot can hold as much as 30 days’ worth of water and release it as your plants need it each day. It’s designed to make having fresh herbs in the kitchen a breeze or to have a small bonsai garden on your desk at work a reality.
About Garden Time
Garden Time is a growing system designed to take the worry out of indoor gardening – you don’t even have to know how to grow herbs at home. It utilises 888 Technology – rotating between three eight hour cycles to simulate daytime conditions no matter what the weather is like outside. It’s all self-contained and self-regulated so anyone can have fun gardening.
You have eight hours of growing time, eight hours of light, and eight hours when it is off, simulating night. No more will your plants die from not having enough sunlight to process nutrients. It removes the human error part from gardening, the one thing that makes most houseplants not survive. Your Garden Time might even give your plants better than natural conditions, so they grow faster in your kitchen garden than they would otherwise be able to do outdoors.
Gone are the days when you have to worry about whether you watered your plants or not. There are unlimited numbers of settings that you can adjust to your personal needs on your Garden Time. You can go on vacation and not worry about your kitchen garden plants thanks to the Garden Time. It’s truly a "set it and forget it" device that will give even the brownest thumb gardener a great kitchen herb garden.
It’s also energy efficient, using .1 of a kilowatt a day. You can opt to have a mist sprayer included with your Garden Time to lightly water plants as needed for less than $6 more over the base price. Never fear, though, your Garden Time will alert you when the water level starts to drop so you can replenish the water supply.
Choose from three finishes that compliment any décor – black, white, or wood. The durable resin finish will give you years of enjoyment. Plus, Garden Time’s small profile – 330 millimetres square – means it can sit on a counter in even the smallest galley kitchen. It’s so easy to grow herbs in your kitchen! And, it only weighs 2.5 kilograms, so it won’t weigh down a bookshelf or desktop if you choose to grow a bonsai.
So what is the iPot? It stands for Intelligent Pot, and contains two pieces that nest together. The two pieces are able to be separated easily for cleaning. The water is kept in the lower chamber where a cord runs the full length before turning up into the Soil Pot, or sPot. The cord wicks the water up and in, constantly keeping your plants watered at the roots where they really need it.
Let’s learn a bit more about the iPot
This is where your plants live and the cord comes up from the iPot with the water. Any small plant can fit, and you can even put small garden décor in the pot, like netsukes or other tiny garden art. You’re only limited by your imagination.
The grow lamp that is used for eight hours a day is a purple LED, so it takes next to zero electricity to run, and it stays cool so your Garden Time is safe near kids and pets. You can program how bright you want the grow light to be so if your kitchen herbs are getting a bit fluffier than you want them to be, you can turn down the intensity.
What else can you do with your Garden Time? If you have it set next to your bed or favourite chair you can also use it as a reading light. The lamp is a white LED light so you can use it for more than just plants!
Growing herbs indoor
What can you do with a kitchen herb garden? So much! You can have fresh herbs anytime you want them, adding to the flavours of your meals in ways that their dried versions just can’t. No matter how small your apartment or house kitchen is, you can grow herbs on your countertop. Your kitchen window is your best bet, as it’s often the place with the most room, but any nice window will do. Your herbs need to have at least four hours of daylight every day – but if you can’t provide that, it’s a problem easily solved by the Garden Time system.
Even if your window faces north, you won’t have to worry about having enough light. Indoor herbs also need good drainage. The last thing you want to happen is your table or counter gets ruined by water damage. You also don’t want your herbs to be watered too much and end up sitting in a pool that causes their roots to rot away. The Garden Time system will prevent your plants from being overwatered thanks to the two-pot design. And, the materials used in making Garden Time will not leach water out onto the counter nor will it dry out too quickly in the Outback’s searing heat.
Growing herbs indoor requires a good potting soil. You may wish to feed your plants from time to time using a well balanced liquid plant food.
Many indoor plants are designed for indoor temperatures – which typically are between 18 and 21 degrees. They respond well since they are not exposed to temperatures that are too cold or too hot. They also love not having to deal with overly wet or overly dry conditions. Think of it this way – if you are comfy in your home or office, your plants will be, too. Just keep them far enough away from the windows so if it does get cold out, they won’t suffer frost damage.
Here is where the misting option for your Garden Time comes in very handy. Some plants can dry out in the summertime, even if you have air conditioning, because of the air conditioner’s ability to pull humidity out of the air. A mist from your Garden Time once a week or so will perk up the tender leaves of most herbs. The same is true when it gets cold and your heater is frequently running. The air inside your home can get quite dry.
So what kinds of herbs like to be grown inside?
Chives are great indoor plants, and they set beautiful flowers as they start to go dormant each year. Mint and lemon balm also grow well inside – just make sure you trim them regularly or they can become rangy. The popular cooking herbs of sage, rosemary, oregano, parsley, marjoram, tarragon, and thyme are also ideal potted herbs.
Just be careful if you want to grow basil. It has a narrow temperature range and it doesn’t like being kept below 21 degrees. If it gets too chilly, your basil will let you know because the leaves will droop.
Fun with bonsai
Does your desk at work look a little bland? Would you love to have something happy and living beside you to brighten up the day? Consider an indoor bonsai in a Garden Time container. Not every plant meant for bonsai is ideal for indoors, so read on to learn more about how to keep these petite landscapes inside.
Most bonsai are plants that are grown outdoors in small containers. But some tropical plants love to be inside and enjoy the consistent temperature and humidity. Plus, they thrive on the loving care and pruning of bonsai traditions.
You may find that live mosses do not like being grown indoors, but decorative dried moss is ideal. Your sPot comes in handy by making sure the plants receive water thanks to the wicking action of the cord while your moss stays dry and mould-free.
Bonsai plants can be kind of finicky in terms of soil depth and watering, both of which are problems solved by the Garden Time system. Then you just have to ensure that regular prunings are taken care of to shape your indoor bonsai and keep it the size you desire. You may find that the caring of your bonsai creates a sense of calm as you tune out the rest of the world and just focus on your plant for a while.
Bonsai need a lot of light to grow properly, so your Garden Time’s 888 schedule will be perfect. It also means you can keep your bonsai wherever you want, as it won’t be dependent upon light from the window. The temperature of your indoor bonsai will also be more steady year-round as it won’t be subject to the fluctuations that occur next to the window, nor will it suffer from UV damage.
Since tropical plants love to have light and heat all year long, they love the Garden Time system, where there is never a winter of darkness. The mist option on Garden Times gives your plants the right amount of water from above that their leaves need to simulate the tropical settings they would have outdoors.
So what kinds of plants make for good bonsai?
Some jade plants do like the crassula ovata arborescens, as well as plants like dracaenas and ficus benjamina or ficus neriifolia. You could also consider a Christmas cactus, tamarind plant, or even tea. That’s right – camellia sinensis is a perfect plant for bonsai!
Imagine how fun it will be to have a vibrant green plant on the most dreary winter day. Indoor gardening is also rewarding, and calming.Temperate plants just don’t do as well as the tropical ones for bonsai simply because they need to go dormant each year, something indoor conditions just don’t lend themselves to.
When you want to bring a bit of the outdoors inside, try the Garden Time system with 888 Technology. Your plants will love it, and you will love having fresh herbs all year long. Get another Garden Time and have a lovely bonsai at your desk or in your house to cheer you up.