IKEA is introducing an indoor gardening system to make it easier than ever for consumers to grow their own fresh herbs and lettuce. The KRYDDA/VÄXER series was created in collaboration with agricultural scientists in Sweden, and employs hydroponics, according to the product page.
Hydroponics is the process of growing plants without the use of soil, instead utilizing water, added nutrients, and light. The advantage with using this system is that gardening is possible year-round in small spaces. IKEA points out that most of the vegetables we eat today are grown this way.
Co.Design describes the foolproof kit from IKEA, which includes everything needed to start a countertop garden. First, you sprout the seeds in sponge-like cakes which are set into a tray filled with water. Then, once the seeds sprout, the baby plants are transferred into pots filled with absorbent pumice and placed under a light to grow and mature.