When we were contacted by Garden Time to ask if we would like to do a review of their product, I’ll be honest, I thought it would be some new fangled gadget, BUT I was pleasantly surprised.
When our kit arrived, the kids were super excited and helped me assemble it. We used the best quality potting mix that we had, and planted some basil and coriander seeds, as well as plucking a few self germinated seedlings from the garden, parsley and chives. The Garden Time system contains a self watering pot and has an automated lighting schedule, 8 hours of LED white light, 8 hours of LED purple light and 8 hours with no light, all designed to maximise growing conditions. The seeds were quick to germinate and the seedlings handled the transplantation well until……….
We went overseas for three weeks and left the Garden Time to its own devices. Unfortunately it ran out of water and the young herbs were looking a bit dismal when we returned. So we added more water, some dilated worm wee and left the system alone, I really didn’t think the herbs would come back, but they did! Three weeks after our return and our kitchen’s mini herb garden is ready to use!
Numerous visitors have commented on the unique lighting on our kitchen bench, and even more visitors loved the idea of having fresh herbs growing in the kitchen. A couple of non-gardeners stated that this may be the only way that they could grow plants! But most importantly, every child that has visited for a play date loved it, the girls especially loved the purple light phase!
I often hear people say that they would love to grow their own food but they kill everything they plant. Hearing this makes me feel sad, I give them advice on the easiest plants for their children to grow, ie snow peas or radishes, but they still seem determined that these plants will not thrive.
For these people, I suggest giving Garden Time a go, it is seriously easy to use.
In summary, Garden Time is very easy to use, only requiring a top up with water every week or so. The unique lighting system enables rapid plant growth even in the depths of an icy Melbourne winter. Whilst, the Garden Time pots aren’t the cheapest pot on the market, there are certainly one of the easiest to use, and can achieve rapid plant growth even for non-gardeners.
We have 4 Garden Time kits, valued at $109.95 each, to give to our followers, simply comment below about what your children would grow if they won a Garden Time kit. Winners will be chosen at random on 30/9/2106 and the prize will only be sent to Australian addresses, winners will be announced on Gardening 4 Kids’ Facebook page and Twitter feed and winners will be contacted via email.