Hot or Not: The Garden Patch

With its self-contained growing space and guaranteed results, the Garden Patch container growing system seems like a dream come true for apartment dwellers who are hungry for some green space of their own.

Then again, it could be the no-knead bread of the gardening world -- does it take too much of gardening out of the garden? Take our survey and see more info about the Garden Patch below.

Apart from a small-space solution, the Garden Patch also sounds like a low-key way for newbie gardeners to get some gardening experience before jumping into a backyard overhaul. There's nothing more disheartening than getting excited about growing your own food only to watch plants shrivel up after producing one or two hard fruits. (We know! We've been there!)

The Garden Patch website promises to take the guesswork out of growing fruits and veggies by regulating the moisture in the soil for you. The water is held in a tank under the planter, where it's gradually absorbed by the roots. A layer of fertilizer called "The Nutrient Patch" releases nutrients into the soil and also acts like mulch to keep the soil-temperature steady.

We're a little suspicious of this "Nutrient Patch," especially since the site doesn't tell us exactly what nutrients and fertilizers are being released into the soil and our food. We wonder if we could use our own fertilizers and compost for a little more control and mental security.

No-knead bread stood up to individual adaptation and ended up helping a whole lot of us over our fear of baking--perhaps the Garden Patch is the same? What do you think?

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(Photo Credit: The Garden Patch)