In the last couple of years, I've seen several tabletop gardens at trade and garden shows, but few have really looked appealing to me until I saw the LED Mini Garden by Tucker's Pride®. For one thing, it takes up less room than most tabletop gardens that have light systems built in. (14.3″ wide, 15.4″ high, 7″ deep)
I also like that it's a complete system, you just supply the plants. The frame is made of anodized aluminum, and there's a high-quality acrylic tray for holding the pots.The LED light strip is slim, because the lights are so powerfully bright, and they use just 17 watts of power. The AC adapter is included, as well as a timer for automatic off and on. And I just think it's an attractive system - very sleek and contemporary looking.
|Photo ©Tucker's Pride®|
The lights are bright enough that you can grow plants from seed - both edibles and flowers - and they'll have enough light for sufficient healthy growth, in fact, the LED lights promote faster growth than natural light. I haven't tried any seeds yet, but I have no doubt it's bright enough to do it. It puts off a very small bit of heat, which can't hurt the growth either.
I wanted live plants in the eating area of my kitchen, but up until now, I couldn't have them there. Why? There are no windows in that room and the only natural light comes from adjacent rooms. It isn't nearly enough to grow anything well, not even low-light plants.
Right now, I have three African violets (Saintpaulia sp.) growing under the lights and they seem perfectly happy. And so am I. :-)
|The violets are actually purple, but my camera is reading the |
color as blue. It may have something to do with the LED
lighting; in reality, they do look purple.
Would you like to try an LED Mini Garden for yourself? Tucker's Pride has graciously allowed me to give one away to one of my readers!
All you have to do is this:
- Leave a comment to this blog post and include a way for me to contact you, should you win.
- Tell me what you'd like to grow in the LED Mini Garden if you win it.
At midnight on Sunday, March 3, 2012, I will use Random.org to randomly choose a winner from all the eligible entries. You must live in the U.S. and Tucker's Pride will be sending the LED Mini Garden ($129.00 value) directly to the winner.
Thank you to Tucker's Pride and Garden Media Group for the opportunity to try an LED Mini Garden at no charge. I was not required to blog about this product, but I like it and wanted to tell my readers about it. All opinions are my own.