Published February 24, 2016
Do you enjoy fresh herbs all year long?
Once the summer months are over it’s difficult to grow herbs outside in the garden. Ultimately we find ourselves paying high prices for packaged herbs in the grocery store.
However, you don’t have to wait until the spring to enjoy your favourite fresh herbs anymore. The Urban Cultivator is a Canadian hydroponics company based right here in Surrey. They create indoor gardening appliances intended to grow herbs and micro greens for residential and commercial purposes.
The residential version of the Urban Cultivator is an all-in-one appliance that will fit seamlessly into your personally designed kitchen.
These units are available as built-in or freestanding models with several butcher-block top options. Choose from maple, cherry and oak among others.
The appliance’s preprogrammed control centre self-regulates water, light and humidity levels inside the unit. Simply plant each flat in a matter of minutes and monitor them with minimal weekly maintenance. Arugula, basil, broccoli, chives, cilantro, dill and kale are just a few examples of the many seed kits available. Seeds should grow in a period of one to three weeks depending on the seed type and will last for many weeks.
The beauty of this unit is that all herbs and vegetables are 100 per cent organic. No pesticides are required and as a result the greens are high in nutritional value.
It is a well-known fact that some leafy vegetables lose up to one-half of their nutritional value within days of harvesting. With the Urban Cultivator you are able to grow your own to ensure freshness and complex flavors.
The price range for this unit is approximately $2,500.
Barb Lunter is a freelance writer with a passion for home decor, entertaining and floral design. She also runs Blu Dog Staging Redesign. bludogstagingandredesign.com.