Indoor gardening may be something you already do, but this April  IKEA is introducing a rather different challenge designed to take most of us beyond the drooping pot of basil on the window sill.

They are launching an indoor gardening series that lets you grow your own tasty lettuce and herbs in water. Developed in collaboration with agricultural scientists in Sweden, they say that the KRYDDA/VÄXER series includes everything you need to get sprouting and keep your garden growing – even in the winter! How it works? Just keep an eye on the water level. That’s all.

The system uses hydroponics, a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Sometimes they are grown in an inert medium like perlite or gravel.

This jolly video explains all, though I can’t help but wonder how it compares with reality. It looks very scientific and all, but will growing parsley turn out to be even more challenging than putting together an Ikea wardrobe? Well, if you give it a try please let me know how it goes!