Plants

Fizzy Farm

No backyard? No problem. The Fizzy Farm from Zero Mile Farms will give you the room to grow food hydroponically so you can have fresh fruits and veggies anytime, indoors or out. As you might know, growing food hydroponically uses only 10% of the water that normal gardens do, and with a little added nutrient, your produce will put those at the grocer’s to shame (hopefully).
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Price: $149.00 - 199.00
Available from: Zero Mile Farms

Water From A Stone

No need to ask favors for watering your plants the next time you leave on a week long trip, this handblown glass container will do the job. Fill the ‘stone’ with water, cork it up, and then place it into a planter, making sure it’s slowly dripping water onto the plant’s roots. It will seep water out over the course of 3 to 4 days, keeping your plants refreshed and happy when you’re away. Each ‘stone’ holds 7oz (207ml) of water.
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Price: $13.00
Available from: Kikkerland

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Nourishmat

I’m a little late in posting this, so you might have seen it around, but, thankfully you’ve still got 5 days to back it if you haven’t already. The Nourishmat is a grow-your-own garden mat that makes it easy to get veggies growing in your backyard. Simply roll the mat out on some garden soil, push in the seedballs, and hook the mat up to the hose. Voilà! It takes all the guesswork out of gardening. For you, your kids, your neighbors, etc. For more info, visit Earth Starter’s Nourishmat website.
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Price: $55.00 +
Available from: Kickstarter

SR Garden ID tags

Without the title of this post to guide you, chances are you might not realize what exactly you’re seeing in the above photo. However, the dirt background and white grease pencil would certainly clue you in after a little while, and if you’re familiar with all of Scout Regalia’s offerings, you’d have it pegged even sooner. The SR Garden ID tags are made of powder coated aluminum and are reusable, of course, by wiping the ID tags with rubbing alcohol or a damp cloth.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Scout Regalia

What is it?

Come on, now, use your brain and play along. What is this strange item above? It has a handle, and lots of little prong-ish things on the underside. Any guesses?
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Price: $29.99
Available from: Amazon

Click & Grow Light

Remember the Click & Grow Smartpot? It now has an accompanying Grow Light to further increase your chances of making your plants healthy and your thumb greener. It requires only 3 watts of energy and has a built-in timer pre-programmed to 16 hours of light and 8 hours of darkness. Do I need to point out that this light is more for winter months than summer? Bookmark it for when November hits.
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Price: $49.00
Available from: Click & Grow

Green Light

Is this the best grow light you’ve ever seen? Of course it is, and I won’t have you saying otherwise. The light is adjustable so you can move it closer to plants, and extra water is collected in the tray which also protects the surface underneath. Oh, and it doesn’t look like you’re growing suspicious substances too industrial/awful either, in fact, it looks downright friendly. Now, let’s just put our heads together and collectively wish it to compatible with US outlets (or perhaps email the manufacturer directly with a request), for then we could all be healthier for ever after with our bright, green, happy plants.

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Price: €159.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

rootcup Planter

If you had hope of propagating cuttings like a pro after learning of the rootcup, you’ll be a bonâ fide believer that a greenhouse in the backyard is a good idea, never mind the $5 grand for the kit. For rootcup has a PLANTER now, made from the same BPA free, phthalate free, food safe, durable polymer, and it has a no mess drain and reservoir that lets your plant take as much water as it needs via sub-irrigation (from the roots).
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Price: $15.00
Available from: rootcup

Loll’s Containers

So, with the nice weather here it might be time to add a few plants around your home. And, sure, your local plant nursery probably has plenty of decent pots and planters, but wouldn’t it be nice to have something a little better than decent? Perhaps something that hits the modern/minimal spot?

Take a look at Loll’s containers and tell me if they’re not better than these guys. Each planter is made from the recycled and recyclable poly material just like Loll’s furniture, and will withstand the test of time in whatever kind of weather. You’ll get slow drainage thanks to the joinery, or you can easily drill holes in the bottom if need be. A little assembly is required, as each piece is flat-packed for shipping.
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Price: $119.00 and up
Available from: Loll Designs

Windowfarms

Short on space but still want to grow your own greens? Not a problem. A Windowfarm utilizes vertical window space for year-round growing. A hydroponic system allows maximum yield; nutrient-spiked water is pumped from a reservoir down through each bottle to bathe the roots of the plants, giving them adequate food and water on a set schedule. You can order a system directly from Windowfarms, or if you’d prefer, simply build your own by gathering parts and recycled materials yourself (note: this will take a fair bit of effort/time).
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Price: $199.00
Available from: Windowfarms

Patch Herb Planter

Ah-ha! Here’s a crutch for those of us that have trouble with watering herbs- either too much or too little. The Patch Herb Planter has a water reservoir built in, so that the plant can take exactly the amount of water it needs. There’s a central wicking ‘leg’ that draws water up into the soil around the plant’s roots, so you’ll not need to fuss about any watering schedule- just keep the reservoir topped up.

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Price: $39.95
Available from: Patch, Inc.

Minifarmbox Rolling Patio Box

Oh, it’s just a box, you say, so why does it cost $200+? Well, it has heavy-duty swivel casters, so you can move it around for maximum sun, it’s made from 100% untreated FSC certified cedar, so it’ll last for years and years, and the slatted base has a soil screen to keep things tidy. And, it only takes less than ten minutes to assemble, meaning you’ll have a garden box for your patio (or kitchen?) in no time.
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Price: $209.00
Available from: MinifarmBox

Burgon & Ball Garden Shears

Don’t make me talk about having right garden tools again. These sharp shears are modeled after a pair of classic British sheep shears and have a double-bow handle for maximum comfort. Perfect for clipping soft foliage and dead-heading, you’ll be able to shape or harvest your garden with precision.
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Price: $52.95
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Foodie Garden Kits

Too lazy to go to a garden center? Lucky you, there are some great growing kits that’ll have you babying your own herbs and vegetables in no time. Coco fiber wafers, seeds and instructions are all included in this rectangular tin planter- so, add water as needed and soon you’ll have your own peppers/basil/tomatoes that can then be transplanted into bigger patio containers or the garden.
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Price: $21.00
Available from: Poketo

rootcup

I’ve attempted to grow new plants from cuttings and I’ve been successful about 30% of the time, mostly because I forget to keep the cuttings watered appropriately and also because I keep sticking them in nice little glass jars that let in too much light. Here’s betting that this rootcup will increase my odds significantly. The elastomer pot and lid protects a cutting’s roots from light, holds the leaves above the water to prevent rotting, and captures water to reduce attention needed. Those three things will have us propagating all sorts of cuttings like a pro.
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Price: $5.00 - 14.00
Available from: rootcup