Plants

Edible Greens Kit

If you’d like to try your hand at growing some greens but lack the motivation to get all the supplies yourself, take a look at this kit from Star Apple Edible Gardens in Oakland, CA. Each kit has organic potting soil, organic mixed heirloom salad green seeds and organic fertilizer, all in a salvaged wine crate with drainage holes.

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: Rare Device

Aldo Bakker’s Copper Collection

Droog presented Aldo Bakker’s Copper Collection at Design Miami/Basel 2010 this year, and as usual, there’s plenty to admire. Made out of liquid copper using the time intensive lost-wax method (French name being cire perdu), this watering can is entirely seamless and has openings that ensure a perfect pour.

The copper mixing bowl (below) allows a reaction with protein, which Chefs recommend apparently, and of course, sits like a sculpture when not in use. The soy pourer is lined inside with 100% fine silver, which makes it perhaps the most elegant (and expensive) modern soy pourer in existence.

All pieces are limited and numbered in editions of 15.
Designed by Aldo Bakker for Thomas Eyck
Collection includes Watering Can, Mixing Bowl, Soy Pourer, Candle Dome

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Purchase Information:

Price: $3,000.00
Available from: droog

BACSAC Mobile Garden Containers

Man, mobile gardening products sure are showing up left and right these days. These BACSACs are made from a 100% recyclable material that lets soil breathe and drain (which protects the roots of plants, fyi).

Square and Long BACSACs are based on 12″ squares.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $128.00 and up
Availability: Buy BACSAC Mobile Garden Containers here

OXO Good Grips Pour & Store Watering Cans

The standard watering can gets the OXO Good Grips treatment with some added functionality and convenience. The spout rotates back for easier filling and efficient storage while easy measuring is made possible with a translucent spout. And of course, the grip is improved with a continuous non-slip handle for carrying and pouring at any height. Available in small, medium, and large sizes, priced at $9.99, $14.99 and $24.99 respectively.

Large — 2 gallon, 13.9” x 7.6” x 9.7”
Medium — 3 quart, 10″ x 4.5″ x 11″
Mini —  1 quart, 8.0’’ x 3.5’’ x 3.5’’

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.99
Availability: Buy OXO Good Grips Pour & Store Watering Cans here

Food Map Container

What looks like a small bath tub on wheels is a growing space for an edible garden. It features a special contoured base that drains water quickly and evenly to prevent plants from over-soaking, but also has a central reservoir where a small amount of water collects to keep the soil moist longer. Comes in a Short or Tall configuration, and is priced at $150 and $160 respectively.

Manufactured in Los Angeles County.
Designer: Food Map
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: FoodMap Design

Geo Planters

I really love these hand-cast planters by Kelly Lamb. It’s quite an interesting mix of materials and textures; they’re cast in concrete for an industrial feel but have a smooth finish to go well in interiors, and of course adding in plants gives it the final touch. Available in small and large sizes, priced at $80 and $125.

Small Geo Planter: 9.5″ diameter, 8lbs
Large Geo Planter: 15″ diameter, 25lbs

Image via Kelly Lamb

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Kelly Lamb

Woolly Pocket Islands

New Woolly Pocket islands! With the same breathable fabric as the original Wally and Meadow, these islands can live on their own on a table or floor (instead of hanging on a wall like the Wally) plus zippered panels allow for customized plant shapes.

Shown above: Brian Woolly Pocket, $152.00
Height 16″, 12-sided shape, 4 zippers
diameter 18″, volume 1.0 cf
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Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00 and up
Available from: Woolly Pocket

JeffreyJamesModern terrariums

Jeffrey, of JeffreyJamesModern, commented upon the cost prohibitive Ladyslipper Terrarium last week in order to draw attention to his own more affordable line. And what do you know, compared to $9,500.00, the price of $350 seems downright dirt cheap. I’d snap of them up right away if I lived in the US and if I could keep plants alive. There’s also a “You Choose, I Create” terrarium option, where you can choose everything “from the size and shape of the terrarium to a myriad of materials, colors and plants inside”.

To see the entire line, visit JeffreyJamesModern.

Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00
Available from: JeffreyJamesModern

Ladyslipper Terrarium

Oh my, have you seen this? Found while perusing images for the litill terrarium, this glass box is crazy elegant. Finely crafted indeed at $9,500.00. Ouch.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $9,500.00
Available from: Partners & Spade, NYC

Haute Culture Mini Gardens

My boyfriend recently got a wheat grass juicer so I’ve been trying to find cool containers to start a little wheat grass garden in. These nice little planters are a perfect shape for wheat grass and would look cool growing on your dining table or in your kitchen.

Purchase Information:

Price: $28 and up
Availability: Buy Haute Culture Mini Gardens here

Litill Terrariums

I’ve always been drawn to terrariums. Too bad I have little to no luck with plants, otherwise I’d think about getting one of these quirky fellows from litill. They’ve got quite a few shapes and sizes to choose from (starting at $125 for a 5″x6″), so take a look if you’re interested.

phlox (pictured):
$200 s (4.5x8in)
$300 m (5.5x10in)
$400 l (7x12in)

Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Availability: Buy Litill Terrariums here

Off The Wall Mini Flowerpot

$22 isn’t too expensive for these weird yet cool wall hanging mini flowerpots, but you certainly just can’t have one when they come in various colors just begging to be grouped together.

Materials: Powder-coated steel

Size: 3.2″ t x 2.4″ d x 2.4″ w

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00
Availability: Buy Off The Wall Mini Flowerpot here

Swan Watering Bucket

If this watering bucket makes you want to glide around like a ballet dancer while taking care of your plants, go for it. I’m not going to say anything.

Available in black and white.
Measures 13in x 9.5in and made of plastic.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00
Availability: Buy Swan Watering Bucket here

Plant Nanny Stakes

If you ever run into the who’s-going-to-water-my-plants-while-I’m-gone conundrum, check out these Plant Nanny Stakes. Most plastic bottles will fit (reusable points), ensuring that your plants get just the right amount of water while you’re away. There’s also stakes to fit wine bottles if you have more of those to use/reuse. Or, even better, take a look at the Self-Watering Probes (5 pack for $23.95), which sound strange but would work well for long term holidays since they work with a larger water reservoir.

Put those plastic bottles to use, they should do more than just come from an evil plastic factory, hold water, and get tossed into a landfill. Keep it around, and put it to work. Just connect the Plant Nanny Stake to the bottle, shove the stake deep into the soil of your ever thirsty plant, and watch the water level slowly lessen as the the plant takes only the water it needs to be happy.

$4.95 price quoted is for one stake.

Three 4 packs for $41.95 available through Amazon.

Purchase Information:

Price: $4.25
Availability: Buy Plant Nanny Stakes here

Kikku Planter

Incorporating plants into your home would be easy with this ladder planter, especially if you’re short on space. (I can see it working well for herbs maybe in the kitchen…)

A garden for your living room. The Kikku planter cradles four porcelain square pots that step up a walnut ladder. Architecturally elegant, it leans directly on the wall for support to create a vertical indoor greenhouse.

Made by Tonfisk Design, Finland.
Design by Susanna Hoikkala/Tanja Sipilä 2009

Purchase Information:

Price: $298.00
Availability: Buy Kikku Planter here