Starting your own indoor vegetable garden can be as complicated or as easy as you’d like to make it. Vegetable gardens can take up space, time, and a lot of your attention if you want to see them really flourish. The best hydroponic systems will not only provide the perfect amount of nutrients to your garden with the least amount of effort from the plants, they can also help to care for your plants with less work from you.
Taking Care of Your Plants Basic Needs
All plants need light, water, and nutrients to be able to grow. In order to thrive at their maximum potential, they need these things on a fairly precise schedule. Forgetting to water your plants or not providing them with ample sunlight will result in a sickly garden that’s unable to produce delicious, edible herbs and vegetables. Hydroponic gardening systems can take care of all these needs for you. Many of these systems have timers, reminders, and interactive touch screens that will help you take care of your garden and will do nearly all of the work for you.
AeroGarden Hydroponic Kits
The AeroGarden brand has every level of hydroponic system you could want. They group their models into 5 different families which include the Farm models with 24 grow pods, Bounty with 9 pods, Harvest with 6 pods, and Sprout with 3 pods. They also offer the very small and colorful Herbie system which has two pods and is intended for young gardeners ages 6 and up. There are plenty of different models to choose from with this brand but they all feature grow lights ranging from 10W to 60W.
The Aerogarden Farm system is the largest family of hydroponic kits that AeroGarden offers. The basic Farm model provides a 12” grow height, the Farm Plus gives 24” of grow height, and the Farm XL allows your to grow your vegetables up to 36”. Up to 24 plants can be grown at a time in these models, allowing you to grow a serious vegetable farm cleanly and comfortably right inside your home.
The two 60W LED motorized light panels can be controlled independently, allowing you to grow plants with varying heights within the same garden. These kits include 24 salad bar seed pods, enough for a full season of growth. The Farm models are all Wi-Fi enabled so you can manage your AeroGarden features using the free smartphone app as well as receive reminders for adding water and nutrients.
Harvest by AeroGarden Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Kit
The Harvest models from AeroGarden are two levels down from the large Farm models. They’re much smaller and quite a bit more affordable. You can grow up to 6 plants within the adjustable 12” grow space under the 20W LED grow light. These kits come in a variety of colours making them easy to match with the decor of your kitchen.
The control panel on this machine will let you know when you need to add water or nutrients and the lights will turn on and off with a convenient timer. Each grow kit will come with a variety of different seed pods as well as a small supply of liquid plant food.
Hydroponic Pipe Kits
For a larger indoor vegetable garden, you can save space by stacking your rows of plants vertically. These hydroponic pipe kits aren’t as sleek and shiny as the AeroGarden kits, but they will provide more space to grow a larger garden within an incredibly space efficient design.
DreamJoy Hydroponic Grow Kit
The DreamJoy hydroponic grow kit comes with 10 pipes containing 9 grow spots each giving you enough sites to grow up to 90 plants. The grow sites are 3” apart which will give your plants a decent amount of space to grow. A 110V water pump, planting sponge, and 4’ hose are also included in this kit.
The seeds need to be sprouted within the planting sponge and then transplanted into the hydroponic tubes once they reach the appropriate stage of growth. The grow system should be placed near enough natural light to receive at least 4 hours of sun per day, or grow lights can be used to supplement whatever natural light is available. This hydroponic system is perfect to help you grow the fastest, largest, and highest yielding indoor vegetable garden as possible.
OPCOM Vertical Hydroponic Grow Wall
The OPCOM Grow Wall has five grow levels, with 15 grow sites per level, giving you space to grow up to 75 plants. Fortunately for those with a limited amount of natural sunlight in their homes, the Grow Wall has a high-intensity LED grow light on each of the 5 levels to help your garden get all the light it needs. This kit includes seeds, nutrients, pH adjusters, an EC meter, and a pH meter to help you easily start and maintain your new indoor vegetable garden.
Aquaponics combines aquaculture with hydroponics to create a symbiotic relationship between an indoor garden and the aquatic animals being raised. The waste from the fish or other aquatic creatures will provide your garden with the nutrients it requires.
Brio 43368 Aquaponics Garden
The Brio Aquaponics system is a truly beautiful way to create home grown vegetables within a sustainable ecosystem. The system includes the glass aquarium, water circulating pump, expanded clay substrate, and programmable lighting system. The lighting system uses 2 independent timers so the aquarium and garden can be lit separately. This system is available in both white and black and would easily compliment any decor.
The AquaSprouts aquaponics garden is a self-sustaining aquarium and garden kit. The kit can fit over any standard 10 gallon aquarium to create a self-sustaining ecosystem as well as a beautiful visual display of life. A removable light bar, pump, and timer are included as well as a special clay grow media that will support the plants in the grow bed. Not only are your plants being fed and provided with light, but the water in the aquarium is being naturally recycled so the only thing left to do is to remember to feed the fish.
Hydroponic Systems for Your Indoor Vegetable Garden
A hydroponic system will help you give your vegetable garden constant access to the vital nutrients it needs to produce maximum yield. Many of these systems also provide your plants with all the light they’ll need to grow with no need on your part to turn anything on or off. Some of these systems even give you handy reminders to let you know when to refill their water and nutrient reservoirs. You can have as much or as little control over your indoor vegetable garden as you’d like with these different hydroponic systems.