Here are three innovative appliances to give you a fresh, healthy, tasty lifestyle.
People are awakening to a healthier lifestyle and that means a healthier diet, full of delicious vegetables and fruits. Unfortunately, for those of us who do not have access to a garden, we often rely on supermarkets to find the best deals, but not necessarily the healthiest nor tastiest supply of greens. This is precisely why a new crop of products is offering city folks (and in-door gardening hobbyists) the means for homegrown greens.
The Urban Cultivator is a hydroponic system which helps you grow small yield crops of kale, broccoli, basil, arugula, wheat grass and lettuce. It has a design similar to dishwashers, requiring to be hooked up to power and plumbing. It does virtually all the work with pre-programmed settings which control water, lighting and temperature; all you have to do is add organic fertilizer once a week. This fresh idea for your kitchen will set you back about $2500 but “take as much as $100 out of your food budget” monthly according to the founder and inventor Tarren Wolfe. [Cool name!]
The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden offers an alternative in-door gardening technology which requires plumbing access. These first came out in 2006, and business has been good: there are now nine models ranging from about $50 to $300. Some are as small as a toaster, and some about as large as a microwave. They can be assembled in just minutes, without tools and have a control panel which turns the lights on and off. It reminds you to add liquid nutrient packs, (pesticide and herbicide free,) every so often. These are designed to help people who have little to no experience with gardening get started. I’d like to give these as gifts to people!!
Did you see my article, last week about the kitchen aquariums? Well, this is the in-between — a hybrid of fish tank and in-door garden. The Aqualibrium are two chambers which stack by snapping into place. It creates a closed-loop system where water goes from the fish tank below, up to soil to replenish it with nutrients from the creatures living below. The plant roots act as a biological filter, feeding on the fish waste, cleaning the water which will return to the chamber below. That’s right, this is a self-cleaning fish tank and a self-watering and fertilizing garden. If you don’t want fish, co-founder Sam Rittenberg suggests that such people could use the Aqualibrium as a regular hydroponic system, where you would simply add supplements to the water supply as you would a regular garden.
What a wonderful time we are living in, where we can harness our technology to create mini ecosystems in our own kitchen of the future, ensuring the best tasting, healthiest food choices. I am not a sale representative of any of these companies, nor being paid by them. However, I am definitely a fan of these types of innovative products, and hope to try these out, as soon as I’m at a more permanent location.