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.
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.
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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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.
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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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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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.
(via Urban Gardens)
Houseplants, as much as we love them, are major space eaters. Especially the ones that exhibit signs of life. Luckily, this clever and beautiful design by Kawamura Ganjavian allows us to tame our homegrown jungle and organize it into a series of neat vertical structures. Called Parramyd, the system is comprised of modular pyramidal elements that connect to each other intuitively. By weaving branches through these links, we can create a structure that guides the way a plant grows. Parramyd will work with the hanging plants too. Ingenious!.. The elements come in two different sizes to accommodate a large variety of plants.
As the days get warmer, many of us, urban folks, exhibit renewed faith in indoor gardening. I certainly do. And as I was searching for small space friendly options, I have found this brilliant thing – Woolly Pockets. These modular gardening containers are handmade in the USA from an industrial felt made of 100% recycled plastic bottles. This material makes the pockets breathable, allowing soil to refresh its oxygen supply. The indoor/outdoor version is lined with a moisture barrier to protect wall finishes. And being a modular system, you can not only grow your plants but you can grow the plant wall itself by simply adding on more pockets at the sides or top and bottom. Vertically, without cluttering any precious surfaces. When empty, Woolly Pockets fold flat for easy storage. Available at Module R.
We, deprived of nature urban dwellers, love our house plants. But we also kill them. In our crazy heads it always feels that we have just watered them last night, when in fact it’s been weeks… If this sounds familiar – you will appreciate this clever concept by Belgian designer Kenneth Van Steenberge, conceived in collaboration with Brecht Van Kerrebroeck, Michèle Feys and Camille Houyet. Potz is a flowerpot with an internal water tank that visually shows when the plant needs water. It consists of two parts. The internal component floats inside the external component and a wick transports water from the reservoir to the plant. The contrasting color detail makes the hydration state of the plant even clearer (it also looks very refreshing). Another exciting concept I would love to see produced.