Indoor hydroponic gardening growing in popularity

With intelligent indoor gardening systems, you can now grow leafy greens, vegetables, herbs, and fruits in your living room, kitchen, even tiny studio apartment. 
April Rolle had a leafy green problem. The busy doctor loved salads, but she hadn’t had any luck growing lettuce or other salad components in her outdoor container garden, and because of her schedule, she never ended up using all of the greens she bought before they went bad. Then she discovered a smart indoor hydroponic garden that allows home gardeners to grow up to 30 kinds of vegetables and salad greens inside year-round. “This system allows you to pick a fresh salad whenever you’re ready,” says Rolle, who started using the device in June.

Sixteen million people picked up gardening during the pandemic, and according to the National Gardening Association, 67 percent were either growing or planning to grow vegetables, herbs, and fruits in 2021. But not all of those people are growing food outdoors. Some, like Rolle, are using intelligent indoor gardens, like Gardyn, Lettuce Grow or Click and Grow, among other systems to grow food in living rooms, kitchens and even tiny studio apartments.

The companies, which use soilless farming techniques—mostly hydroponic growing systems—ship seed pods that consumers place in mini-farms that include a water tank and, depending on the model, grow lights and even WiFi. Designed to give you all the benefits of a garden without most of the work, they also help bring people closer to their food.

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