The World’s Smallest Garden, a mini eco-friendly hydroponic unit that can be inserted into most glass bottles, is empowering people living in urban environments to take charge of their food choices by growing their own, therefore tackling issues such as food miles, waste and packaging.
A fun, easy and low maintenance way to grow fresh herbs, especially for those who are limited on space, the World’s Smallest Garden is an insert, which acts as a hydroponic unit, that can be placed in an empty bottle.
The World’s Smallest Garden is comprised of a 3D-printed cylindrical device that fits right into the neck of an old bottle. The plastic used in the product is biodegradable, so in any event that the World’s Smallest Garden has to be thrown away, it is not harmful to the environment.
Users fill the bottle with water, insert the device filled with soil and non-GMO seeds such as basil. Plants can draw on that initial water source for a month, and then users can add water as needed.
The World’s Smallest Garden aims to encourage the use of recycling too as the process requires an empty bottle such as wine bottle or olive oil bottle. The World’s Smallest Garden makers, Urban Leaf, recommend the use of green or brown bottles for setting up the garden, given that these colours block the light frequencies that plants (and algae) use for photosynthesis.
The World’s Smallest Garden lets plants water themselves – using patented hydroponic technology. The water in the bottle will allow your plant to water itself for up to a month at a time, making it simple and easy for anyone to grow their own herbs.
Urban leaf say with their eco-friendly hydroponic device there’s no more excuses for “I tried to grow a plant once, but it died”.
Last month Urban Leaf launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The campaign, which is nearing completion, has already received more than $36,000 of its $40,00 goal.
Urban Leaf are offering a single pack of the World’s Smallest Garden that comes with three plugs and seeds for $15.
Eventually the plant will out grow the bottle. Re-use of the World’s Smallest Garden will depend on the age and type of plant you have.
Urban Leaf founders Nathan Littlewood and Robert Elliott say: “We [Urban Leaf] believe that growing food in urban environments solves a huge number of food industry problems, including shorter supply chains, with less food miles, less wastage, less packaging and higher nutritional density.
“That said, growing food in urban environments also brings with it a number of unique challenges – most commonly a lack of time, space and know-how. We’re developing products that help overcome these obstacles – and make growing food at home fun, easy and accessible.”
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com