Georgia-based company Replantable has released an innovative new planter for home gardeners. The Nanofarm will grow fresh produce without pesticides and with minimum work.
The Nanofarm is a miniature farm made up of a growing cabinet, water tray, plant pad, and harvest light. It has just three controls: the number of weeks needed to grow the plant, a start button, and a harvest button. The frame is made of powder-coated steel and natural wood and the door is corrosion-resistant, marine-grade aluminium so that it won’t break down or rust.
It’s perfect for anyone who wants to grow their own veggies at home but doesn’t have the time or space for a full garden.
At the heart of the system are plant pads, which consist of layers of paper and fabric containing seeds and customised nutrients for each variety of plant. Like soil, they rely on capillary action to wick water from the tray. But unlike soil, plant pads don’t harbour insect eggs or potentially harmful pathogens.
You can grow a large variety of produce in the plant pads – any leafy green, herb, microgreen, or root plant such as radish or beetroot.
The whole system is incredibly easy. You order your plants seeds online and they are mailed to you. When you’ve harvested your produce, just put the old plant pad in your compost heap or garden and put the tray in the dishwasher. The tray and metal grate separate to make cleaning easy. The Nanofarm has no pumps or filters to clean and no light bulbs to change, so there’s zero maintenance.
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