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Grow seasonal food with smart gardens any time of year

Grow seasonal food with smart gardens any time of year

Have you ever heard someone describe food as being ‘in season’ and wondered what they’re talking about? They’re referring to the time of year when a certain food is full of flavour and ready to be harvested. ‘In season’ also refers to the time of year when a particular food is freshest and most affordable to buy.

What’s the benefit of eating food in season?


Seasonal food tends to be more nutritious than food consumed out of season. A big reason for this is because you can buy it directly from a local grower shortly after it's harvested and still contains great nutritional value. Seasonal food produced by local farms often tastes fresher as it hasn’t been exposed to hundreds of miles of transport pollution. Out of season food has been harvested early so it can be shipped to supermarkets, often compromising on freshness and flavour.

Growing your own seasonal food with indoor gardens


With a Click & Grow smart garden, you don’t have to wait for your favourite herbs, salads, fruits and vegetables to be in season. You can start growing them any time of year and enjoy them at their maximum nutritional value. Our plant collection currently contains over 60 plants including seasonal favourites such as bell peppers, kale, lettuce, strawberries, chard, and tomatoes


Growing with a smart garden means your produce only needs to be harvested when it’s ready, leading to fresher and more nutritious food. Homegrown food also comes with the peace of mind that your fruits and vegetables are free from harmful substances. 


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As well as this, you can start growing plants in your smart garden before transplanting them in your outdoor garden. For instance, bell peppers, strawberries and tomatoes are traditionally in season during summer. You can already grow them ahead of time in your smart garden and transplant them outdoors when summer arrives. Instead of going to the store to buy seasonal fruits and vegetables, you can enjoy fresher, more nutritious ones that you’ve already grown.


To help you plan which plants to grow ahead of time, be sure to check their growth cycles. You can check the growth cycle of any of our plants by: 


  • Going to our plant pod page
  • Clicking on the specific plant you want to learn about
  • Clicking on that plant’s ‘plant care’ tab

You can also contact our expert gardeners with any plant based questions using our ‘Ask a Gardener’ forum.  If you’d like to transplant your plants outdoors, check out this helpful tutorial:

 

Recipes to try


Summer’s almost here but in the meantime produce such as arugula, chives, strawberries, and peas are especially popular during spring. All of these can be easily grown in your smart garden. Here are some ideas for using them:

Arugula Spring Salad


Image - livelytable.com

Ingredients


  • 1 cup asparagus spears, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup snap peas, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup radishes, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper

Get instructions here


Credit: Lively Table


Chunky Spring Vege Pasta with Chives


Image - healthyfood.com

Ingredients


  • 14oz spiral pasta
  • 14oz pumpkin, peeled, cut in 1” cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 9oz cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 courgettes, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 15oz can butter beans, drained, rinsed
  • ½ cup salt-reduced vegetable stock
  • Handful chopped fresh chives

Get instructions here


Credit: Healthy Food Guide


Spring Strawberry Lemon Oatmeal


Image - nutritionbymia.com

Ingredients


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tbsp ricotta cheese

Get instructions here


Credit: Nutrition By Mia


Spring Pea Medley with Edible Bowl


Image - allrecipes.com

Ingredients


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 1 cup fresh shelled green peas
  • ½ cup low sodium, low fat vegetable broth
  • ½ pound sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • ½ pound snow peas, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 medium head radicchio

Get instructions here


Credit: All Recipes




Enjoy a stress-free way to grow wholesome food, any time of year


Self-growing indoor gardens



Fully automated indoor gardens that grow plant pods for you while making sure they have enough water, light, oxygen and nutrients.