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Live Lagom: Living Lagom with Cara

You don't have to make dramatic changes to improve the wellbeing of yourself, the quality of your life, and ultimately, your world. As Cara found out, the little things can have a big impact too.

Photograph taken behind a woman sitting by her desk, reading a magazine.
Photograph taken behind a woman sitting by her desk, reading a magazine.


    Watching plants grow from tiny seeds all the way to my plate, no matter what the weather, has really changed my outlook on nature.


    What does Lagom mean? Lagom comes from the Swedish phrase “Lagom är bäst” (the right amount is best), which we believe is the secret to sustainable living.

    Cara lives in an apartment in Cardiff. Before starting the Live Lagom project, she was a self confessed plant killer. She was introduced to the hydroponics kit during a workshop at her local store.

    "Hydroponics doesn’t have to be for experts," she explains. "Despite the technical name, it’s a simple method for indoor growing with water, seeds and some nutrients. Everything comes in a self-contained kit with an LED cultivation light to help the seedlings grow. And oh, do they grow! I thought I’d get a few leaves, but I never imagined I’d end up with five full-grown cabbages and a seemingly endless supply of lettuce leaves in my first crop!" Space isn’t an issue either: "My flat is small, with no outdoor space. You just plug in the kit and go. This little box has had a real impact on my lifestyle and my home. I feel much closer to nature and have noticed an improvement in the quality of the air."

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    "I started off growing pak choi and cabbage from the VÄXER seeds. My latest experiments are the radish and kale seeds, but you can grow all kinds of things- lemon basil, coriander... At first, I grew so much cabbage, I was eating it for almost every meal. I didn't want to waste anything, so I cut it all off at the root and made pickled sauerkraut."


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