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My Lettuce Grow Farmstand hydroponic garden was a Mother’s Day gift to myself, and two years later, I’m still LOVING it. What started as a quarantine hobby has easily become one of my favorite gifts and I’m excited to share my Farmstand review and give you a discount if you want to buy one.
If you follow me on social media, you already know that I’m obsessed with harvesting fresh lettuce and produce year round. The Farmstand is so easy to use, it’s made for people who may not have the greenest of thumbs.
The Farmstand is a self-watering and self-fertilizing stand that lets you grow produce right in your yard (or home). It takes up about four feet of space and uses 98% less water than a traditional garden. We started with the 24 plant size and later added an expansion pack that got us to 36 plants. It needs a sunny spot with access to electricity so in the summer, it’s on our back patio and in the winter, we bring it indoors and add grow lights.
The Farmstand has a timer that automatically waters every 15 minutes with recycled water so you’re saving yourself from standing in the summer heat with a hose every day. Once a week we refill the water tank, test the water and add the nutrients, so it’s very easy to manage. It also has an app that walks you through any maintenance, including when and how to harvest.
It’s easy to assemble and there are zero tools required, so don’t worry about having to make multiple trips to the hardware store because you forgot something.
Depending on the Farmstand size you purchase, you can grow 12 – 36 plants at a time. I find that it works best for lettuce so we always grow multiple varieties. But I’ve also tried cherry tomatoes (hello caprese salad), cutting celery, broccoli, mini cucumbers, peppers, strawberries and tons of herbs. We get our starter seedlings from Lettuce Grow, but you can also use hydroponic seedlings you start yourself or buy locally.
The Farmstand works with seedlings — pre-sprouted plants that provide you with a three-week head start and increase growing success rates. Choose from 50+ varieties of non-GMO veggies, fruits, edible flowers, and herbs. Some varieties of plants can be harvested multiple times, while others need to be replaced. The seedlings arrive via FedEx in compostable packaging. All you do is pop the seedlings into the grow cups. It’s literally that easy!
We live in Denver, Colorado it’s been known to snow well into May and our summers are very hot and dry. Because our growing season is short, and lot of veggies (like tomatoes) need warm nights in order to thrive, it’s tough to garden here. We have two outdoor raised beds in our yard and every year we spend our summers trying to grow vegetables and herbs with varying results. What we’ve learned is that the Farmstand is a lot more stable and consistent.
If you live in an area where the nights are cool, you can buy a small heater that turns on at night and keeps the water from freezing.
In the fall, we move our Farmstand indoors and use the grow lights. They’re on a timer so they come on in the evening and ensure that we can continue to grow fresh produce all winter long. Our friends are so jealous when they come for dinner during the winter and we can serve them a tasty salad using fresh lettuce that we just picked and a delicious dinner topped with fresh herbs. It’s a great party trick!
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