1 This is the Urban Cultivator Residential unit. This unit takes up the same footprint as a dishwasher and is plumbed to water and electrical in the same way. We chose to have ours as freestanding in the headhouse, but it can be installed beneath a counter, just like a dishwasher.
2 The seeds that Urban Cultivator provides have all been tested to grow well in the unit. They are non-GMO (not a genetically modified organism) and organic.
3 For planting, a natural and organic growing mix was provided.
4 This process was started last Friday, just 7 days ago. Ryan cut open the compressed growing medium.
5 He placed some of it into a mixing bucket.
6 He moistened with water to dampen the mixture.
7 He stirred to distribute the moisture and break up any lumps.
8 Next, Ryan slid out the top shelf of the Urban Cultivator and removed the growing trays.
9 Ryan reviewed the planting instructions.
10 The planting guide is clearly illustrated.
11 The moistened soil was scooped into the trays.
12 And smoothed out
13 For our first growing attempt, Ryan and I chose wheatgrass, peas - Organic Giant, beet top, and radish.
14 According to package instructions, the wheat grass is sown thickly, 1-cup per tray and the beet top, 1/2-cup per tray.
15 After sowing, soil was sifted lightly over the seeds.
16 And gently patted down.
17 The planted seed trays were placed back into the top shelf.
18 Labels were printed.
19 The top shelf was slid back into position.
20 Next, the pea sprouts were planted at 1-cup per tray.
21 And radish seeds were sprinkled on at 2-tablespoons per tray.
22 The bottom shelf was slid into place.
23 The Urban Cultivator's pre-programmed control center ensures that the greens get exactly the right amount of water and light. The on-board fans control humidity and air circulation.
24 If you look closely, you can see the shelf is filling with water.
25 Humidity domes, with vents closed, are set over the trays while seeds are germinating.
26 Now all that's left is to wait patiently.
27 This is what we found just 3 days later!
28 The wheat grass is the fastest grower and you can see roots poking through the bottom, seeking out water!
29 After the first 48-hours, the humidity domes were removed to release excess moisture.
30 A closer look at the 2-day old wheatgrass, one of the healthiest substances on earth. You'll find it in nearly every juice bar.
31 The beet tops are slower to grow, but when they do, the greens are loaded with energy producing nutrients.
32 It's so exciting to watch this all-in-one indoor home garden grow!
33 Before Ryan went home for the night, he opened the vents on the humidity domes.
34 The domes were replaced and kept on for another day or two.
35 This photo was taken yesterday, just 3 days later. The wheatgrass is nearly ready to harvest. My canaries and doves will really enjoy this treat and so will I in my morning green juice! The slightly spicy radish greens can also be snipped soon.
36 The beet tops will be ready in 1 more week and the pea shoots can be harvested in another week or 2.