Overall I am happy with the Gardyn indoor hydroponic growing system. I am partially through season two of growing with my Gardyn 2.0 unit and wanted to write up a more detailed review. I feel like the Gardyn has struck a pretty good balance on a DIY vs all-included system. I wish it were a bit more DIY, and I shy away from the yearly subscriptions, which I will explain later. The system grows a good amount of plants, works well year-round, is relatively clean, and, honestly, is very pleasing to look at. I almost wish I had a better space to keep it more in view (My setup is in the back of the unfinished basement). I researched several options and I am happy with where I landed. Suppose you want a more DIY experience and control to expand and modify the system over time. In that case, this isn’t the right setup for you, but if you want a super easy-to-maintain garden supplying you with fresh herbs, lettuces, and small veggies, you won’t be disappointed.
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At a glance, these are the points that stand out as I reflect on my experience using the Gardyn 2.0 over the last 18 months.
Some tips based on how I use my gardyn.
I use my gardyn for about 9 months a year. I have too much outdoor gardening going on in the summer months and don’t really need or want to deal with the gardyn for those peak summer months. I really enjoy doting on my basement garden in the winter. I enjoy learning new salads and recipes to help cook up and eat through the abundance of whatever I am growing any given month. I also time my monthly subscription having a few months at the start of each new growing season to help me kick off the next growing year with a fun collection of plants before going more fully DIY.
I bought cheap seed packs, and standard grow cubes, and I recycle the plastic part of the ycubes. This way, I can make my own cubes avoiding the $5 per cube cost for non-members. I have had great success getting basically any lettuce and many herbs growing with this DIY method.
I try to plant a few basils every few weeks when I first get the garden going… That way, I always have mature basil plants and some younger, more baby plants at any give time. I can grab a few leaves or if one is starting to bolt, I can cut the whole thing down and make pesto. This same technic works well for things that bolt, like cilantro as well.
I am happy with the selection of plants that Gardyn sells
The results for different folks will vary given the natural climate (sunlight, humidity, heat). I have had great luck with all the greens and done OK with a few smaller peppers. I have generally been disappointed or unimpressed with most of the vegetables. The pea pods/beans end up growing and shedding a lot of leaves and becoming hard to grow anything else near, but they barely produce any vegetables. The baby strawberries were cute but so small and infrequent that it was just more of a game for my kids to find and eat them and then complain they were too sour. The cherry tomatoes are similarly too small and sour, so my kids aren’t that into them. Other than all the lettuces that grow great, many of the herbs were a hit as well. I loved having thyme, cilantro, chives, and basil to add to any fresh recipes. Mint grows well, but I never really know what to do with it.
I enjoy my odd basement gardening hobby and all the home cooking it inspires. A large photo gallery of my gardyn in action hopefully gives a good idea of what you can expect if you decide you want some more plants in your life.