Stuck for space to grow outdoors? Our EcoKitchen is the perfect solution for indoor growing. We designed the EcoKitchen to make sure it was a people pleaser, featuring bamboo construction, water aeration pump and powerful LED grow lights.
Our EcoKitchen is a speedy grower, allowing you to experience massive yields of freshly grown herbs and veggies in no time.
Beware - if you buy the EcoKitchen you'll be wowing crowds of guests and will need to polish up your hydroponics pitch to explain how it works to all your friends and family!
The EcoKitchen's roots float directly in the water that they grow in, this results in high water efficiency - reducing the amount of maintenance that the system needs! Refill on average once every 2-3 weeks.
Faster growth and higher yields
Experience higher yields and faster growth as the EcoKitchen provides the perfect nutrient balance and light exposure that your plants need to grow.
Convenience at your fingertips
Modern design fits in most kitchens or living rooms - just metres away from your plate. Save the trip to the supermarket and harvest fresh herbs when you need them!
Reduce food miles
By growing food in your own home, you reduce the distance food travels to get to you - resulting in a fresher meal on your table and fewer emissions from food miles! Yay environment!
The lights themselves replicate the wavelength of light that plants need to grow. This wavelength is usually a small band of blue light between 400 and 500 nm, and red light between 600 and 700 nm which when combined result in a purple glow. The white light LED diodes in this product emit a lot of blue light, and the red lights provide the red light. When combined it provides all the light that most plants need to grow! See our FAQ for more on how growlights are different to normal lights
There are 17 essential elements requried for plant growth. Three of these are carbon, hydrogren and oxygen (which the plant gets from water and air), the rest are macronutrients (Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphate) and Micronutrients (Calcium, magnesium, sulfur, boron, chlorine, iron, manganese, zinc, copper, molybdenum, and nickel). Most fertilisers only have the three macronutrients at best. In comparison our Hydroponic nutrients contain 14 essential elements required for plant growth! All you need to do to use it is mix it in with water and watch as your plant grows! You can find way more detail on how hydroponic nutrients work in our faq.
Rockwool Growing Medium
The plant is held in rockwool - which is the product of a molten rock that has been heated and spun like fairy floss. Rockwool provides uniform oxygenation for a plant's roots, as well as a stable medium for the plant to be secured by. Germinating seeds in rockwool has a 90% success rate if you make sure to wet the seeds! Once the roots grow out of the rockwool, they simply float in our hydroponic nutrient water and grow. providing you with soil-free growing that makes this product perfect for your kitchen! This Terragarden has 12 rockwool growing pods! So you can grow a variety of your favourite herbs and leafy greens such as lettuce, basil, coriander, parsley, rocket and more! All you need to get started are seeds and nutrients of your choice!
We’ll be honest, not a lot of effort is required to maintain your EcoKitchen. Since our Farm is hydroponic, it is uses 90% less water (yay environment) than soil grown plants – meaning you don’t have to spend as much time watering your plants!
The EcoKitchen cuts down watering from a daily chore to something you’d only need to do fortnightly at the worst!
Once your plants have thrived and grown to maturity – they will most likely reach the end of their lives. This is normal and you shouldn’t feel bad, “annuals” are meant to provide just one crop! To replant and get going again all you need to do is empty the water from the basin, pull out the old rockwool cubes, and replace them with new ones – then you can just plant some new seeds and you’re good to go!
Thoroughly mix in nutrients with water in a separate jug. We recommend the ratio of 1 spoon (provided with nutrient jar) to 1 Litre of water.
Pour into the EcoKitchen through the small hole in the basin cover.
Refill to the same ratio when the water runs out.
Why does my EcoKitchen need a pump?
The EcoKitchen pump helps circulate the water in your system, dispersing the nutrients, and aerating the water. If your plant's roots do not get enough oxygen, they’ll start to become less permeable, which reduces their ability to absorb both water and nutrients properly. This lack of permeability can also cause the plant to build up toxins internally. Water circulation and aeration is important as the roots of your plants are using that water for hydration as well as the source of their nutrients, so if something goes wrong they are missing two of their key growth requirements - inhibiting them from reaching their full potential!
The packaging is very good quality, the product is decent. Smaller parts and inclusions were rolling around free inside the base when arrived but undamaged. When assembling the eco kitchen I found the video confusing as the demonstrator appeared to have put it together with the sides upside down, then later the video shows the sides the correct way up. There is also no demonstration of how to install the pump and where to run the cord out of the basin. The pH and nutrient testers I purchased additionally seem unreliable. The readings given by the nutrient tester don’t well match the data given in the reference table on the urban plant growers website for each herb/plant. I think purchasing a different brand that gives more accurate readings would be a better investment. How to juggle the relationship between the pH and nutrient balance isn’t really explained anywhere, this info would be really helpful for a hydroponics first-timer! The rocket I planted is growing fervently, although the dill I have grown is leggy and fell over as if on its elbow before another main shoot shot upwards, perhaps the overhead LED light is too far from the basin for the dill? Also, my chives don’t want to take off. It’s been about 6 weeks now or more, not sure how to rectify this given that the rocket has taken over!
The dill has now sprouted plenty of heads. I must now find some information on the best way and time to harvest.
Product is fine once you figure some things out. It’s basic but ultimately it works and can be fun to play around with.
I bought this for my fiancé for Christmas and it has been an amazing gift. Within 3 weeks we had full growth of lettuce and basil and it looks beautiful in the kitchen. Very easy to set up and maintain.