A minimal, economical design for growing herbs at home

London-based startup Bottle Farm has designed a simple and economical way to grow herbs at home. Instead of selling you a comprehensive kit that includes containers that require soil and/or grow lights, they figure you can save money by using sunlight and an existing jar, can, or beverage container.

“Our mission is simple. Help more people grow and make a positive environmental impact. Bottle Farm products allow you to upgrade everyday items and use them to grow food at home. By making growing fun and easy, we aim to encourage more people to grow food at home. start growing their own food. Supermarket produce, often wrapped in plastic and transported by plane, has a huge environmental impact. The more we grow at home, the better.”

Their mini kit contains only five items:

The base is a small, thin laser cut piece of (reclaimed) wood with a hole in it. This is what straddles the opening of your vessel.

The Grow Basket is made of recycled plastic and is located at the bottom.

Grow Pods (three are included in each set) are compressed pieces of recycled coconut shells that expand in water. These serve as the substrate.

Also included are the seeds and a nutrient powder that serves as plant fuel. Once all of this is dropped into a tub and filled with water, the herbs grow hydroponically and don’t need to be watered constantly.

Each mini set costs £5 (US$6). Currently offered arugula, basil, chilli, chives, coriander, lettuce, mint, tomato, parsley and arugula.

Here is their demo video from an already successful crowdfunding campaign:

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