September 4, 2012

Who can resist a clever compact indoor garden? Definitely, not me. Auxano hydroponic system by Cardiff based designer Philip Houiellebecq incorporates all essentials of a full-cycle setup in one sleek low-maintenance package. The Auxano garden is window mounted, so that every bit of sunlight is used for growing herbs and veggies.

In the designer’s words: “Auxano was designed to enable the ever increasing amount of city dwellers to grow their own produce effectively and efficiently within the space constraints of city living. Auxano provides very economical vegetable and herb growth rates through maximising exposure to the commonly ignored natural resource in many city flats; sunlight. Its innovative oxygenating pump system further enhances its green credentials in that no electricity is needed for the product to operate.”

Sounds promising. Follow Auxano on Facebook for latest developments and purchasing information.

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July 25, 2012

Hydroponic herb gardens are a perfect solution for cramped apartment living. There’s one problem – they are not always compact and often take too much of the valuable counter real estate. This design concept by François-Xavier Martouzet combines all pleasures of indoor gardening in a smart tiny package. The system includes a C-shaped frame with LED lamp and three containers for herbs. Looking a lot like an appliance, BB Little Garden won’t be out of place in the kitchen. And the fresh herbs it produces can be grown year round. Clever.

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July 10, 2012

There is a lot to love about this railing planter by Greenbo – it is functional, durable, easy on the eye, space-saving and compatible with the large variety of railings. It does not require any adjustments. Simply place it on your railing, deck or fence and its design assures that it will stay fit and stable. Beautiful. And because it is made out of strong heavy duty plastic, it will withstand the weather. The planter comes in eight vibrant colors, which, thanks to the UV protection components, will not fade. It also includes two built-in draining trays, that are removable, cleanable and replaceable. The product is available for purchase at the Yanko store.

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June 26, 2012

Here is a great gardening idea from designer Joey Roth – a self-watering planter. Made from naturally porous unglazed earthenware, the piece retains water in its clever central chamber. This water then seeps into the surrounding soil and hidrates the plant. The designer claims that the concept has been inspired by the Olla, an ancient irrigation tool that farmers still use to conserve water in arid climates. Although the item is not particularly compact, it is capacious and can fit up to three herbs or six succulents. An excellent contender for an indoor/outdoor garden in a pot.

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June 19, 2012

Paris based designer Patrick Nadeau created this hip and flexible planter for the German brand Authentics. Aptly called Urban Garden Bag, the piece offers a modern way to create an indoor garden when space is tight. Made of black coated polyester fabric, the Urban Garden Bag is lined with an inner sack of watertight PVC geomembrane. Each bag has a water retaining clay granulate drainage system in the bottom along with three water-level gauges. The bags are available in three sizes: small (1 liter), medium (2,5 liters) and large (9 liters). Available for purchase here.

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June 6, 2012

This innovative flower pot from Psychic Factory is a great idea for forgetful urban gardeners and those who travel a lot. The piece, called iGrow, conserves a week’s supply of water that gets automatically absorbed by the soil. The design prevents spills and allows to avoid access water (a breeding ground for insects). Beautiful, simple and straightforward concept.

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May 24, 2012

These cardboard box inspired planters by Flora made me look. Produced from zinc plated sheet metal, the items turn this seemingly temporary design into the permanent and iconic one. The planters range from a container for large plants, such as shrubs and bushes used in landscape design, to the smallest box for a cactus or table-top candle. So, you can choose the size, suitable for your unique space requirements. They can also be equipped with wheels and optional plastic insert for indoor gardening. The Box planters come in light grey, black or Corten steel.

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May 21, 2012

This beautiful minimalist panter, called hanabunko made me look. Produced by Japanese company 224porcelain, the piece dicguises itself as a book. It even comes with its own book cover… A beautiful way to add greenery to any shelf and save space.

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April 23, 2012

Good Erdle was launched in 2012 by Andrew and Richard Erdle, father and son design duo. Their first product is a real eye candy for any urban gardener. The series of modular stoneware clay planters can fit beautifully in small apartments. Place them separately around the room or gather them into various shapes, depending on your counter space situation. There are no drainage holes in the legs, so you never have to worry about water leaking out. You can fill those with sand, stones or charcoal to absorb water. The legs also allow you to run cables and cords underneath - perfect for desks and kitchen counters. Cood Erdle planter collection is on sale at Fab for the next two days.

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April 9, 2012

Urban gardening is a romantic endeavor, it requires more faith than virtually any other aspect of city life. Some citi dwellers, author included, bravely line up their little plantations on fire escapes. But as charming as it is, the idea is exposed to two dangerous elements – squirrels and superintendents… Thankfully, Paris based company Barreau&Charbonnet had a better solution. Their innovative window planter, called Volet Végétal, uses the air space outside a window. This drawbridge-like construction is mounted against a windowsill and, with a pulley system, extends out about five feet. The planter easily moves back to a vertical position for watering, maintenance and, if you’re lucky, harvest. Integrated planter boxes fit into pivoting frames to prevent plants from falling out. The entire system is easily removed from the window and brought inside to become a free standing garden – perfect for winter. Volet Végétal is on view at the Paris urban garden show, Jardins Jardin, till June 3.

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