This post is sponsored, I received a Water Garden to try, but all the views in this review are mine and I wasn’t paid to write this review. You know how I am about healthy food, right? I love it and if you’ve read about me and gardening, well I’m not the best at it. I want to be and I love the experience of the kids growing plants (especially edible ones), but I’m genuinely not that good at it. But this winter we haven’t even needed to be in the garden as we have been doing no fuss indoor gardening with a Water Garden from Fluid Growers.
But first let me tell you about our brand new family member. His name is Finn. He’s adorable although somewhat aloof. He likes to be kept warm and he is always hungry.
And: he keeps our plants growing and the plants keep his water clean- it’s a win win situation.
I don’t know how much you know about aquaponics, but I’m no expert. I do know, though that in lots of sustainable backyards and permaculture design, aquaponics is the way to go for raising awesome plants. You see, the nutrients that are the output of the fish are what feeds the plants- much like fertiliser in a conventional garden. The plants are therefore filtering the nutrient rich water and sending it back clean into the tank.
In a little system like the Water Garden from Fluid Growers, you have all the fun of growing your own in an aquaponics system without any stress and without a massive outlay. Our little betta fish has so far supplied us with snowpea sprouts, wheatgrass and also some very yummy micro basil. And that’s just the start. I have heard that the systems are also awesome for starting seedlings that you then transplant so I’m going to try my hand at chilli plants.
Everything you need to get started, the tank, pebbles, filtration unit, grow stones, seeds, water ager, fish food and tank treatments come in the box, so you just need to add the fish of your choice (we chose a Siamese fighter fish as we have kept them before and they are a great fish as they like to be alone) and the water. I let the kids choose their Siamese fighter- it’s worthwhile going to somewhere that specialises in them- there were about 40 to chose from where we went. We also got a heater for Finn as we know what happens to Betta fish when they are cold- they stay in suspended motion in the middle of the tank…and I just imagined the screams “he’s dead!!!!” every morning.
Seriously, even if you can’t garden to save your soul, you can with this. Give the kids the experience of looking after a pet that is mainly self sufficient that looks after your plants for you. No need to remember to water them, the tank ensure that is happening and no need to fertilise.
You can also use your tank for regrowing, like when you use the top of the spring onions, pop the roots in the grow stones and….bam! New spring onions. You need a sunny spot for growing, but that’s about it and you can even skip that if you just grow wheatgrass!
If you’ve ever thought it would be fun to grow something at home but you really don’t have a green thumb, then you can’t go wrong with one of these tanks, it will honestly turn your growing abilities around.
How do we use our snow pea sprouts? You can see them in use in our bread sushi!