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A Desk Garden for Office Plants and Indoor Gardening

Desk Gardens and Indoor Garden Trends

 

It’s inspiring and gratifying to see so many creative ideas and a burgeoning market of new products that help people garden, even when they don’t have space. Today there are all kinds of plant towers, pyramid garden planters, vertical wall hangers, and other creative ways to grow plants and food even in limited space, such as these colorful pots that can hang from a fence or railing.

 

One of the most popular selling items at our local Farmer’s Market these days are the Salad Bowl Planters. They’re lovely, have you seen them? These are so called because they’re container gardens of different salad mixes. When you want a salad, you clip from the largest outer leaves straight to your bowl for the freshest salads possible.

A couple of these can work great for someone living alone or a couple who are very light salad eaters.

 

There’s nothing better for your health than organic garden fresh food. Imagine the difference in food value, taste and nutrients, when you can pluck fresh greens for a salad, straight from the plant.

From “Farm to Fork” gets even closer to home to something like:

From planter to plate!

 

It’s exciting to see so many more people getting involved in gardening and growing their own food. We’ve started replanting some of the vegetable heads of the organic produce we buy from the store.

Replanting works especially well with foods like spring onions, celery, lettuce and leeks. We snip the young leaves as needed for toppings to salads.

Place a celery core into a bowl of water and watch it grow.

It’s lovely how the celery base looks like a flower, and amazing, when you consider it’s a plant that’s been chopped from it’s root, transported, stored, refrigerated and yet even then, that root base still grows!

The base of celery looks like a flower.

 

Year round in our kitchen window now, there are always those disposable plastic “clamshell” containers of salad fixings or microgreens growing. And sure… this isn’t as efficient for feeding a family of four as a full-on garden, but there’s just something really gratifying about growing something that was just going to be trashed or composted, into something more. So we regrow plant bases mostly in winter to help stave off the winter gardening blues.

There’s just something really gratifying about growing something that was just going to be trashed.

Okay, so celery takes a little longer, but it does grow, and we’ve begun clipping the green tips of the growing celery—microgreens style—and adding them to salads. Same thing with lettuce. Buy a few heads of your favorite organic lettuce from the grocer. Separate out the bottom stem and place the base in a bowl of water. In just days, fresh green leaves are growing.

In winter, we keep these things growing in kitchen greenhouse window and clip the larger leaves for salads. In spring and summer we transplant those to the garden to become full sized heads of lettuce.

It just make sense to grow edible plants and herbs wherever you can.

If growing a desk garden isn’t practical for you because you just don’t have enough space, then at least get a plant or some flowers to bring life, beauty and vitality to your workspace. These days with so much more digital storage, some of that desktop and drawer space can be freed up to for more than papers and chocolates. 😉

Grow some mint, basil or longevity spinach and nibble on a snippet each day for an amazin burst of flavor and nutrition. These kinds of natural foods actually reduce your cravings for junk food.

Vibrantly healthy foods reduce cravings for junk food.

In fact, we start our spring seedlings under an extra desk in our office. So while our setup doesn’t look as elegant as the desk in this cover photo… it’s still making use of available space to GROW! You can read more about our DIY grow-light stand in the article., and also our updated indoor greenhouse system.

Under desk grow light – homemade PVC stand

Now you may be thinking that you need that storage space for your papers and filing, and of course that would be the norm. But… here’s a tip that—like garden veggies—is good for you inside and out:

It’s healthier to get up and move as much as possible.

So, while most have created a cubby of convenience out of their desk space, to have to stand up and walk a few paces, then squat to sit back down each time we need to file something, is actually a healthier way to work if our job has us desk-bound most days.

Whether we grow at our desk, kitchen counter, garden or greenhouse, the important concept to remember is to:

Include edible plants into the rooms of our lives and not just in the garden.

We love the concept of multi-purposed lighting too. I.e., if you need a desk lamp anyway, why not make it a grow light? We’re slowly replacing some our home light bulbs—especially in our office space—with grow lights.

Plants bring beauty and freshness, inside and out.

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Office Garden – Have a Garden Right in Your Desk

This is such an interesting and intriguing concept! The idea of replacing paper storage with plant storage… although I’m not so sure I have less paper these days. Maybe it’s time to clear it out!

Obviously someone who spends a lot of time at the office developed the idea of a Desk Garden. While it may not seem practical, in fact, it’s not only practical, it can actually keep you healthier.

Desk Garden Health Benefits

  1. Having a grow light at your desk can help overcome the SADD Syndrome, a seasonal disorder which responds to added light1)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasonal_affective_disorder
  2. Improve the air quality around you, because plants cleanse the air and release oxygen
  3. Growing herbs gives you snippets of fresh bursts of flavor
  4. Eating freshly grown food reduces junk food cravings
  5. You can even make tea fresh from your plants
  6. You can snip microgreens for salad toppings
  7. Herbe are medicinal

A pot of fresh parsley, for instance, keeps your breath fresh and provides a daily dose of vitamin C and more. Vastly better for you than gum, breath mints and sprays!

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 7.25.18 PMSomething like an AeroGarden might be the simplest desk or kitchen accessory. Here’s an example of that available on Amazon.

So if you’re thinking that what’s growing in that desk might be only enough to feed one person for one meal, you’re right. But here’s the thing: it’s about looking at snacking differently by providing ready access to healthy snacks.

It’s about looking at snacking differently.

A few leaves of fresh chard and a sprig of basil for instance, instead of some sugary anti-nutrients in a wrapper, can be surprisingly satisfying and gratifying. The more you condition yourself to eating this way the more you will want to, and it’s entirely possible once your taste buds are weaned from the usual hyper sweet and salt laden foods processed foods that cause cravings because of nutrient deprivation and sensory stimulation.2)http://mytrainerfitness.com/sugar-for-breakfast/

 

So while we realize it may not be enough for a daily salad even (especially if you eat salads like we do in my family, the idea of breaking off a sprig of fresh parsley, basil, mint and various microgreens for nibbling, instead of unwrapping that candy in the desk drawer, has so many plusses!

The other place this has application is for urban dwellers in small spaces. When space is at a premium, having green edibles here, there and everywhere, might just make sense. See what you think.

Salad Days: Grow Your Own, at Work

Photo Source, Studio SyBrandy3)http://studiosybrandy.nl/project/desktoop/

Now before you discount this as impractical, consider the incredibly positive idea of having fresh greens to graze on rather than junk food snacks that typically populate office desk drawers. You know… that junk food that is killing us slowly.4)https://gardensall.com/the-health-crisis-solution-is-in-the-garden/

Next we’ll see some awesome Kitchens of the future, which are already in the prototype phase.

Kitchen Gardens Are Our Future!

Homes of the future will be built around the concept of gardens indoors and out. Imagine children and adults alike, accustomed to plucking fresh produce for snacks over opening packages of devitalized, sugar-laden processed foods. A hydroponic garden where you control the source light, water and nutrients to provide fresh produce right in the kitchen! Check it out.

Kitchen Nano Garden by Hyundai (can’t find original source info now, see Editor’s Note at page bottom).
Indoor garden, growing food indoors,

Nano Garden is a vegetable garden for the apartment kitchen, using hydroponics, so users don’t need to worry about pesticides or fertilizers. Instead of the sunlight, Nano Garden has lighting which promotes the growth of plants.

The amount of light, water and nutrient supply is also controllable, so users can decide the growth speed. It lets users know when to provide water or nutrients to the plants, and Nano Garden functions as a natural air purifier, eliminating unpleasant smells.

Credits: Hyunjung Lee, Jaeyong Park, Changjin Shon and Seulki Park of Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea), and Ill-woong Kwon of Gromo (South Korea)Website: http://en.hdec.kr/

Editor’s Note – Re: Credits: We could not find the original source of this on Hyundai’s site. Similarly, the photo source link no longer works. If you have knowledge of any updates on this, please advise so we can provide updates and give proper attribution).Photo source: Idea via Fast Co Design (link no longer works)

Meanwhile, there are numerous grow stations and plant towers we can use indoors and out, which is a hugely popular topic.5)https://gardensall.com/grow-50-plants-in-4-sq-ft/6)https://gardensall.com/pyramid-planters-3x-the-food-in-4-feet-of-space/ Please let us know what kind of gardening you’re doing.

You may also enjoy this article on wall garden planters where… literally… the plants make up the wall in one of the examples!

Let’s keep on growing!

 

 One of the most popular selling items at our local Farmer's Market these days are the Salad Bowl Planters. They're lovely, have you seen them? These are so called because they're container gardens of different salad mixes. When you want a salad, you clip from the largest outer leaves straight to your bowl for the freshest salads possible.

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