A new kind of undercounter kitchen appliance caught our eye recently. No bigger than a wine cooler, an Urban Cultivator mini greenhouse creates a perfectly balanced environment of light, water, and air to grow herbs and microgreens:
Above: Like a miniature greenhouse, an Urban Cultivator has a precisely controlled environment optimal to growing seedlings; $2,199 from Appliance Alley.
Above: A commercial size Urban Cultivator (on industrial castors in case you need to roll it out of the way) can grow up to 64 trays of herbs at a time.
Above: An undercounter model has programmable, automatic watering cycles and can be plumbed into existing pipes (or it can operate as a standalone unit).
Above: The undercounter model measures 25 inches wide by 38 inches high and is 24 inches deep.
Inspired to grow herbs indoors? For more ideas, see:
- Small Space DIY: Countertop Herb Garden.
- Ask the Expert: 9 Tips to Grow Edible Microgreens.
- Design Sleuth: René Redzepi’s Kitchen Herbs.