Now you can cultivate at home or your workplace with the same technique used in space stations and greenhouses.
Streamgarden is a small personal garden, for your home or place of work. Streamgarden is based on hydroponics. This means growing plants without soil in just circulating water.
It gives a magnificent and fast growth of plants. Hydroponics has been used by NASA on space stations and in other extreme conditions. It is common in commercial greenhouses all over the world for growing for example tomatoes, cucumbers, other vegetables and flowers.
We have transferred this industrial cultivation technique into the urban enviroment and adopted Streamgarden to the demands of modern urban people.Irregular working hours, travelling and many activities outside home makes it tricky to keep plants in good condition.Streamgarden makes this easier. Instead of giving plants water every day as when growing in soil, you need to check the water level and refill approximately once a week.
Every third month you need to exchange all the water and refill with nutritionThe Streamgarden is a platform, giving each user the possibility to form the final result. Some may want to cultivate their own herbs and spices for use in the kitchen. Others perhaps like strawberries or flowers. Yet another wants to have climbing plants and fill up a window in summertime.
You may also want to use it because you want more oxygen and humidity in the air. Or just because it is fun and beautiful.
We are growing a wide range of plants in our Streamgardens at home. Here you'll find some plants that we like very much.
Latin name: Ocimum basilicum
Basil prefers to be placed in a sunny window. Harvest the top leaves and mix it with olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and some parmesan. Voìla, homemade pesto in no time!
Latin name: Solanum lycopersicum
Choose a tomato that grow a small plant, otherwise it can be tricky to support it. Eat those sweet little fellows just like they are. Or dry them in the oven and save them for later.
Latin name: Capsicum annuum
This plant also prefers to be placed in a sunny window. There is a lot of different chillies to choose from, one of the hottest ones is called Habanero. When you measure how hot a chile pepper is, you use the Scoville scale. Harvest the peppers when ready and use in all kind of food, or maybe put it in a cup of hot chocolate like they do in latin America.
Latin name: Allium Schoenoprasum
Place this plant in a sunny window. Harvest before it starts to flower. Use it in salads and omelettes or in any dish you feel like adding a touch of onion.
Latin name: Melissa officinalis
Like many other, this plant wishes to be placed in a sunny window. If you have trouble sleeping, drink tea made from lemon balm. This will make you calm and sleepy. You can also use it for its good scent, the room will smell like citrus if you as much as touch the leaves.
Latin name: Coriandrum sativum
Coriander likes it best when placed in a sunny window. Either you love it or hate it. Some may say it tastes like soap, other thinks it’s the most delicate herb in the whole world. Try it yourself and see which side you are on… Coriander is often used in Thai and Indian food. Try and mix it with avocado, chilli, lime and garlic and there you have the perfect guacamole.
Latin name: Mentha x piperita
Mint likes a sunny location. Look out for plant louse! How to get rid of them, ask Nikko and he will answer how to do it. There is a lot of different hybrids of mint. Try them out! Use it in rhum based drinks and you will have the perfect summer cocktail.
Latin name: Salvia officinalis
Place your sage in a sunny window. It’s a lovely herb to make tea from. Sage has been used for a very long time because of its medical qualities. Harvest the leaves continuously and use it for tea or with lamb.
Latin name: Stevia rebaudiana
Stevia wishes to be placed in a sunny window. This is an extraordinary plant. It have been used in Latin America for very long as a natural sweetener. Stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar. Use the leaves in tea and instead of sugar. Or just chew it whenever you need a natural sugarrush.
Nikko has been on vacation to the warm and spicy India! Now he´s back with exotic seeds and lots of anticipation to show his friends how it grows.
Let´s try to plant Indian inspired spices in the Streamgarden.
Latin name: Piper Nigrum
This is one of the most common spices, but have you tried growing it yourself? Pepper is a tropical climber so give it something to climb on. All four types of peppercorns (black, white, green and red) can be harvested from the same plant. Black peppercorns are harvested when the seeds are nearly ripe and then dried at room temperature. The plant wish to be placed in warm and sunny window.
Latin name: Murraya Koenigii
This plant is native to India and Ceylon where it grows as a shrub or small tree. Harvest the leaves and use as a main ingredient in delicious curries! Fresh curry leaves can be frozen for later use. The plant prefers to be placed in a sunny window that reminds it of the climate in India.
Latin name: Vanilla Planifolia
Grow your own vanilla! This is a member of the orchid family and is a somewhat slow growing vine. Place the vanilla in a sunny window and let it climb. When ready, use the vanilla as flavouring to homemade delicious ice-cream!
Latin name: Coffea Arabica
Maybe you won’t be able to produce enough coffee beans to make yourself a cup of coffee but it’s exciting to see how it grows! Plant the beans (not the roasted ones!) When the roots have developed move them to the Streamgarden. A beautiful plant that likes a sunny place in the window.
Latin name: Zingiber officinale
Plant the ginger half covered with soil and let the roots develop before moving it to the Streamgarden. Ginger has a lovely scent, touch the leaves to refresh the air around you. Hot ginger and lemon tea is the best cure for a sour throat.
Latin name: Camellia sinensis
The tea plant you can find high up in the mountains. A shrub that with the right pruning can grow very old. The most exclusive part of the plant is the so called silver tip, the young part of the leaf that is picked by hand. Try and plant one of the round little seeds, hopefully you will soon have a tea plant of your own. Let it develop roots in soil, and then move it to the Streamgarden. Place it in a sunny window.
Latin name: Elettaria cardamomum
The scent of this plant is magic! Touch the leaves and it will smell of cardamon. Plant the seeds and wait for it to develop roots before moving them into the Streamgarden. Cardamon works well in both dappled shade and in sunny windows.