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Clever Little Garden Grows Salad in Your Kitchen

Give your kitchen the gift of a Microgarden.

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One treat that design freaks like me count on at the annual Dwell on Design convention in Los Angeles is being able to tour the Dwell Store, in person. Normally operating only online, the convention is an opportunity for hands-on access to the actual wares.

From Mid-century lamps to sensibly stylish furniture, swank kitchen goods to retro mailboxes, the Dwell Store brims with cutting-edge inspiration for the home.

Microgarden
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The Microgarden can live on your kitchen counters.

At this year’s store I discovered the elegantly simple Microgarden, crafted by Swedish design studio Tomorrow Machine and Berlin-based Infarm. The foldable kits are designed for growing microgreens on kitchen countertops, or wherever your indoor garden grows—it's perfect for city-dwellers.

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Shipped in a triangular tube, the kit includes a recyclable plastic growing container that unfolds—origami-style—to a bowl-shaped, six-sided star. A medium for the garden is made with packets of agar powder (included in the kit). Boiling the agar with water for a minute turns the powder into a jelly—pour the mixture into the growing container and sprinkle your seeds on top.

Fold up the container into a pyramid and let the seeds germinate in a dark place for 2 to 3 days. Once the seeds have sprouted, open this self-contained greenhouse and relocate to a bright area. The sprouts will shoot up over the next few days—they don’t even require watering (the roots absorb moisture from the gel).

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Cut the cheerful sprouts at their base and use them in salads, for garnish, or however your stomach (and imagination) desires. The microgreens taste like the fully-grown plants, but pack several times more vitamins and nutrients than mature plants.

The kit comes with starter packets of organic mustard, arugula and radish seeds, but you can try it with beet or chard seeds, or how about making pesto from freshly sprouted basil seeds? The container is washable for the next growing cycle.

The Microgarden retails for $26 and is available online through the Dwell Store.