Dirt free and portable. That's how Modern Sprout describes their new hydroponic windowsill planter box. While most hydroponic setups are an unattractive display of plastic bottles, buckets, and tubes, Modern Sprout's version is pretty stylish. And because it automatically waters and feeds your plants for you, it's also perfect for black thumbs. (Not that I have that problem, of course. Ahem.)
The Modern Sprout planter comes in four finishes — weathered grey pine, high gloss white, chalkboard, and reclaimed wood — and arrives assembled and ready to go. Just put it near a sunny window, set the timer, add your herbs and plants of choice, some organic fertilizer (3-6 months supply included!), and plug it in.
How does hydroponics work exactly? In Modern Sprout's planter, a hidden top-feed hydroponics system is connected to a timer and an air pump, located on the underside of the planter. The timer then triggers the air pump to push water from the reservoir into the planter baskets, providing water and nutrients to the plants. Their standard planter runs on electricity (it'll cost around $5 - $7 a year to run), but they also have a solar version.
The only choice now is... what should you grow? Any and all herbs will work, as well as a variety of fruits and vegetables, including strawberries, kale, and arugula. Or, forget produce altogether and grow flowers instead! (I love how they've used the chalkboard planter option here as a both a centerpiece and a menu!)
Modern Sprout is currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign. Read more about the planter and see a video of how it works below:
(Images: Modern Sprout)