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IKEA’s off-the-shelf mini hydroponic herb garden looks like a fun kitchen companion if you don’t want to get your hands dirty building your own system from scratch.

Ikea provides all the components you need along with step by step instructions.

Ikea provides all the components you need along with step by step instructions.

This stylish little unit is Ikea’s answer to a mine herb planter that can grow anything from basil to lettuce on your kitchen counter.

The herb garden comes in a foolproof kit format that actually has quite a few components that need to be assembled.

You begin by germinating and sprouting the seeds in small rockwool cylinders.

Timelapse of the seedlings sprouting from the herb garden

Timelapse of the seedlings sprouting from the herb garden

After the seedlings sprout, you move the baby plants to a tray filled with pumice stones that retain water. The roots will eventually grow through the rockwool medium and suck water up from the stones.