Howdy! Here is a super-fast guide for getting you started with growing in Herbstation, we have also added some tips to help you best at growing your own food.
Alright then, let’s dig in!
1. Pick a good spot
Start your growing journey by picking a good place for your Herbstation. Place it anywhere in the house and even in your veranda thanks to its wheeled mobility that makes relocation super-easy and fun.
Tip: Make sure you place it near an outlet to power the grow lights.
2. Choose a plant
The next important step is to choose a plant. You can grow herbs, salad greens, vegetables, fruits, flowers, and even houseplants in your Herbstation. Make sure you consider growing those plants that will be favored by the clock. Get the seeds or seedling online or from your nearby nursery.
Tip: To get the most out of Herbstation, select shallow-rooted and dwarf varieties of plants.
3. Get your hands dirty
After deciding on the plants, you’ll need to add soil. We recommend using a lightweight, well-aerated potting mix that will provide good texture for wicking, and retain moisture for a long period. You can even use a soil-less growing medium like cocopeat.
It is advisable to fill the base layer with a porous material such as clay balls, perlite, or any other water-absorbent gravel, and fill ¾th of the container with moistened soil that will provide proper aeration and will encourage fast root growth.
Tip: You can make your own potting mix by simply mixing 1 part of garden soil,1 part of perlite (white small pebbles that will aerate the soil), and 1 part of compost or peat moss.
4. Cultivate joy
Once you add soil, you’ll need to start out either with seeds or seedlings. Just dig holes one inch deep and put 1-2seeds in each hole. Be sure to read the seed packet for information about planting time, depth, and spacing which will greatly depend on the plant you choose.
5. Let the lights shine in
You’ll manually need to turn on and off the grow lights. We recommend giving 12-16 hrs of light and at least 8 hrs of darkness to the plants per day as it is important for their growth.
Tip: Keep at least 2-3 inches distance between grow light and plants to prevent foliage burn and to encourage strong and full growth.
6. Add water, watch, and enjoy!
Add water gradually to the maximum level. Refill when the water reaches the lowest level after a week. When you add water the first time, make sure to water a little from the top–this will ensure that the soil is nice and moist and all the way through.
And that’s it! We hope your first plant set up should have been damn easy!
If you any questions? Leave us a comment, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!
Happy growing guys!