Four incredible companies have developed solutions to the challenges faced by urbanites that yearn to grow their own herbs and vegetables, and produce indoors. Not only do these products require very little space, but they also simplify the growing process — in fact, one of these planters doesn’t require any feeding or watering at all.
City dwellers that want to grow their own vegetables and herbs year-round have limited options. The Grow Jar makes it simple — it requires a shockingly small amount of space, very little water, no soil, no power and no pesticides. Using a simple passive hydroponic process, the plant receives the exact amount of water, fertilizer and air based on the plant’s needs.
Each Grow Jar kit comes with seeds of your choosing, soil-less growing mix, Grow Stones, organic plant nutrient, a seed-growing pod, The Jar (made from 100% recycled plastic), an integrated lid and growing pot, and instructions for planting and growing. You can grow a wide range of herbs, tomatoes, peppers, kale, lettuce, spinach and various other vegetables right in your own kitchen.
Indoor gardening has never looked this good. Windowfarms are vertical hydroponic gardens that let you grow your own food inside, even in the winter. Your window is the only space you’ll need for growing just about anything in these 4-foot systems, which can hang from a hook above the window or sit on the floor, windowsill or a shelf next to the window.
Windowfarms make it easy to grow your own food. They system is hooked up to a reservoir filled with water and nutrients, which is connected to a pump that’s on a timer. The timer is set at 15 minute on/off intervals, sending the nutrient-rich water directly to the plants’ root systems twice every hour.
One Windowfarm can hold about 10 plants and works well with just about any type of vegetable or herb. You can grow anything from kale and lettuce to strawberries and squash — even stevia — in these systems. The price is much higher than most planters, but you’re paying for a very efficient, easy-to-manage technology that also looks kind of awesome in your kitchen.
Price: $179 to $399
You’ve probably seen the grow-at-home mushroom kits that let you grow up to 1.5 pounds of oyster mushrooms in a small box filled with coffee grinds in only about 10 days. Now the same company, Back To The Roots, is at it again with an ingenious product that lets you grow food at the top of a fish tank.
The Aquafarm is a self-cleaning fish tank and planter that upcycles the waste from the fish, breaking it down into nutrients that feed the plants while also cleaning the fish tank water. So you never need to feed the plants or clean the fish tank — you just need to feed the fish! The Aquafarm lets you grow a variety of fresh produce, including spinach, baby greens, oregano, beans, basil, mint, parsley and thyme.
These attractive, compact planters use sub-irrigation to self-water. All you need to do is place a small amount of soil into a screened-in section of the reservoir at the bottom of the planter, and the system wicks up the water and delivers it the plant’s roots when needed, ensuring the plant doesn’t get under-watered or over-watered.
At 12 inches wide, 6 inches tall and 6 inches deep, the Let’s Patch planter fits perfectly on windowsills and balconies and requires only water and sunlight. You can grow a variety of culinary herbs and greens, and the company plans on releasing more growing options — such as salads, peppers and cucumbers — in the near future.
Let’s Patch is currently a project on Kickstarter, as the company needs to raise $50,000 to step up production and go to a large-scale manufacturer. It’s currently at $13,081 with 23 days to go, its last day falling on June 14.
Price: Currently depends on how much you pledge on Kickstarter