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When it comes to home decor, there is nothing we love more than turning our tiny apartments into a mini-jungle. There is something so refreshing about covering absolutely every surface with living, loving, green plants. They brighten up the interior, reduce carbon dioxide levels, reduce levels of pollutants, increase humidity, and can also make excellent friends (just kidding, we have real friends too…) Growing your own plants is even better when they are edible. Not just because food is great, but because growing your own herbs, fruit, and vegetables will save you money and give you the opportunity to eat fresh, organic produce every day.
It can be a little intimidating to embark on the journey of growing your own produce if you’ve never done so before. You don’t have to have a whole vegetable garden or even a lot of space to grow your own herbs and leafy greens or a magic green thumb. Gardening can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be! This is why we love indoor gardening kits like Back to the Roots’ Water Garden.
The Water Garden is both a mini garden and a fish tank 2 in 1. This nifty mini aquaponics system contains a 3 gallon fish tank with a little garden on the top, making it a closed-loop ecosystem. The natural fish waste fertilizes the plants and the plants, in turn, clean the water, which means that you won’t have to change the water as often as a normal fish tank. In the mini garden you can grow organic herbs and microgreens, which are great for salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and as garnishes. Once you set up the kit and plant the tiny seeds, they will be ready for eating within 10 day. Talk about a quick turnaround time!
Back to the Roots was founded by two Berkeley Graduates, Alejandro and Nikhil, who are on the mission to They started this journey when they learned that mushrooms could grow entirely on spent coffee grounds. This discovery led them to learn more about urban farming and gave them the desire to help families reconnect with their food. They do this by creating kits to teach people to grow their own fresh organic herbs and veggies. Alejandro and Nikhil believe firmly in a future where all food comes from the kitchen, not a lab.
With their Water Garden aquaponics system, Back to the Roots gives you the opportunity to really get back in touch with where food comes from — in case you’ve forgotten. This is also a great way to learn more about ecosystems. They even provide a free downloadable online curriculum which is great for any kids you may have around. Or for you, if you didn’t pay attention in science classes as much as you should have…
Whether you’re getting it for yourself or as a gift, the Water Garden has “multi-use” written all over it. The herbs and microgreens will really up your salad and smoothie game. The fish tank will serve as a home to a new friend, as the kit comes with a coupon for a betta fish. And, as we said earlier, there is no better home decor than real, live plants. Learn more about this DIY aquaponics set here and get in touch with your inner gardener.
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