No Dirt, No Problem: Gardening without a plot

Water culture is an ancient growing method, and because of its no-dirt setup, it’s just right for today’s smaller indoor spaces.

Photo courtesy of Aero Garden
Photo courtesy of Aero Garden

Growing vegetables and herbs has become much easier, even if you lack space, a green thumb or the ability to remember to water plants.

Water culture is an ancient growing method, and because of its no-dirt setup, it’s just right for today’s smaller indoor spaces.

The different techniques include hydroponic, where the roots are exposed to a nutrient-rich water solution; aeroponic, which allows the roots exposure to air and a solution misted from above; and aquaponic, a cyclical system in which the waste from live fish provides nutrients to the plants, which then filter out the water for the fish.

Aeroponic

AeroGarden Harvest Touch

Height-adjustable LED lights help optimize photosynthesis for plants to grow, and an easy-to-use touch screen prompts for more water and nutrients when needed. // $229.95

Photo courtesy of Tower Garden
Photo courtesy of Tower Garden

Tower Garden Growing System

Create a stunning edible arrangement that grows all the components of a leafy salad. // $45.25/month

Photo courtesy of Vertical Home Gardens
Photo courtesy of Vertical Home Gardens

Hydroponic

Phytopod-2 Hydro Vertical Hydroponic Garden

With just 1 square foot of space, there’s 9 feet of growing surface for up to 60 plants. // $225

Photo courtesy of Getniwa
Photo courtesy of Getniwa

Niwa Standard

Niwa connects to an app that controls the growing environment, including finding the right temperature, humidity and light. // $375, preorder only

Photo courtesy of Back to the Roots
Photo courtesy of Back to the Roots

Aquaponic

Water Garden 2.0

The circle of life on your countertop: Feed the fish, and the fish’s waste feeds the plants. Clean water returns to the tank. // $99.99, comes with coupon to purchase fish

(May 2017)

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