How great it is to have fresh herbs available when you're cooking up a
storm. It's just so much fun to go out into the yard and clip a few
sprigs of thyme, basil, oregano, cilantro... But not everyone has a yard
with fresh herbs growing in it, do we? And spending $3 to $4 for one small
package of herbs just kills you, even when you can afford it.
Well, Prepara, a company that makes indoor grow lights and hydroponic
growing containers, has a solution for growing herbs and other small plants
from seed. It's called the Prepara Mini Power Plant and it won't just
save you money on small quantities of herbs, it works fast.
The Mini Power Plant is a hydroponic system, which requires no soil, only
water and nutrients for the plant's growing conditions.
And your herbs, or plants, or flowers will sprout 50 percent faster than if planted in soil.
The Power Plant system includes a spongy plant-growing medium, as well as plant-growing nutrient. Place your seeds in the spongy material, pop it into the Power Plant and then add the nutrient mixed in water into the Power Plant's container. Place it on a sunny window sill
and plug it into an AC outlet. (If you don't have a sunny area, Prepara
sells a Power Grow Lamp that's a good investment if you are serious about having
fresh herbs and spices all year round.)
When the seeds sprout, in about 4 - 5 days, you place little humididomes
over the sprouts. When the plants hit
the roofs of the humididomes, you can remove them and let the plants grow on
their own or re-pot them, and use your Power Plant to sprout more seeds.
The Power Plant is superb for apartment dwellers as well as those with houses, who just don't have the time to germinate plants outdoors. The Provera Mini Power Plant comes with everything you need to get
started. You can get the Power Growth Lamp as well.