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Indoor hydroponic herb garden

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This is a pretty neat hydroponic kit that is very easy to set up and manage. The plants were placed in the pots in the middle of January and are still becoming established in their new environment.


In the picture you will see parsley, chives, rosemary, basil and cilantro. UPS is scheduled to deliver another, identical kit today, so more will be added to the garden.


This is a very clean, efficient way to have fresh herbs on hand.


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Very cool! :-)  I'm interested in doing something like this for at-home use.  We order a LOT of hydroponic-grown leafy vegetables at work though, and I think it's pretty neat.  They come in little planter-type boxes or in heavy-duty baggies with water, and always have the roots (and soil) still attached.  They're literally still alive and growing when we get them.  The only downside (as we found out tonight) is that they seem to have a much shorter holding-time.  Our Valentine's day special salad plate-ups looked wilted after about 30 minutes even though we kept them in the walk-in until service time.

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Hi, Paul.


We have found that the plants that you described (available in grocery stores) are very weak and usually do not survive a transplant into a hydrogarden.


We visit a garden center and buy bigger, healthier, established plants, wash the soil off of the roots, and then transplant them.

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I'm not sure what company we buy our hydroponics from, but I know they're not from a local grocery store.  We have deliveries about once a week from a company that brings us our organics and our hydroponics.  They are quite likely locally grown though since we try to buy as much as is feasible from local farms and such; besides, I'm pretty sure the hydroponic plants wouldn't survive long shipping distances.  Also, our plants are entirely grown in hydroponic pods, and not transplanted...they're more fragile, but they are also far more vibrant in color and taste.  I hadn't even thought about transplanting plants into hydroponic pods actually...it is an interesting idea that I might look into at home.

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