Concerns about food provenance and a concerted effort to reduce carbon footprints by minimising food miles, often leads people to gardening and growing their own food.
However, many people simply do not have the outdoor space to grow and windowsill planting perhaps just doesn’t cut it for them or provide the desired quantities and varieties. Those living in cities may lack outdoor space, or younger people yet to get on the property ladder may be renting small houses with no gardens. Yet these are the fastest growing groups when it comes to gardening.
Lucy Start, better known by her She Grows Veg Instagram profile, predicts that this is going to become a far more prominent issue in 2020. As such, Lucy believes that hydroponic and aeroponic gardening are set to rocket in popularity in the turn of the new decade.
Lucy explains: “Interest in gardening seems to be picking up every year, yet we also hear reports that homes and gardens are getting smaller and green spaces on the decline. The two just don’t match up. Hydroponic and aeroponic gardening are amazing solutions to this!
“I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to garden to grow, and that is at the heart of everything that I do. Hydroponic and aeroponic growing are the next step. They may be slightly unconventional, but it’s nowhere near as scientific or tricky as people think. Not only that – it’s a quirky talking piece to show off about and is amazing Instagram fodder too!!”
“Hydroponic growing removes the need for soil and the plants grow in added nutrients from sand, gravel and liquids, whereas aeroponic gardening uses no growing medium whatsoever! But, perhaps the biggest appeal is that you don’t have to water the plants and worry about them dying if you forget for a few days or go on holiday! All whilst knowing the exact origin of your food. Perfect!!”
Once recognised as one of the rising stars of the fashion industry, and the go-to couture jewellery designer for the likes of Cheryl Cole, Kylie Minogue and Rihanna, Lucy has transitioned seamlessly from leading jewellery designer to Instagram sensation gaining almost 60,000 followers in less than two years. She is now on a mission to make gardening appealing to the Instagram generation, and to show that gardening doesn’t have to be an exact science bogged down in endless, overwhelming rules, rigid frameworks, how to guides, and Latin names. As part of this, she has launched a YouTube channel in partnership with top chef, Mike Keen, for a series of “Fork Yeah!” videos educating people about the wider uses of plants and how you can be creative and fun with what you grow.