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The feel-good fruits of home gardening

Growing plants is a joy in itself. If they’re edible, even better. Then you literally save the best part for last. See how you can harvest, enjoy and share your home-grown food.

A breakfast table set with different kinds of bread, pot of flowers and a bowl of colorful garnished greens.
A breakfast table set with different kinds of bread, pot of flowers and a bowl of colorful garnished greens.

After planting and nurturing, it’s harvest time

Lately, we’ve taken a closer look at the positive side effects of home gardening. First the tactile aspects of seeding and planting, then the well-being drawn from nurturing and seeing plants sprout (links to both at bottom). If you have chosen edible plants, it’s now time to reap the rewards.

Many plants – including chives and tomato – are ideal for harvesting bite by bite (nipping the buds off herbs to delay blooming even prolongs the season). Like giving a meal a day a fresh, green boost.

Hang your herbs out to dry

Growing herbs is a gift that keeps on giving. Beyond using them fresh, many are perfect for drying. It makes them last and concentrates their flavor – and can even turn ordinary hangers into something beautiful.

Preserve and protect

Regardless if pickling is in or out as a culinary trend, the practice is age-old, super easy and delicious. Put what you want to save for longer in a container and fill it up with pickling liquid. Voila, beauty and taste served in a jar.

The more senses, the merrier

Take the opportunity to share your produce. Having grown it yourself adds to the experience, so why not invite more to join in? While you’re at it, involve as many senses as possible – table setting, (edible) flowers and more.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA limited warranties and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by
Interior designer: Elin Stierna
Photographer: Fredrik Sweger
Writer: Henrik Annemark