Growing food right at your kitchen wall

Many city dwellers don't have access to an outdoor garden but would still like to grow their own greens. HydroArtPod is the latest in a long line of indoor gardening devices looking to automate the cultivation of fresh greens in the home.

Many of the smart indoor gardening setups we've seen over the years have used crowdfunding platforms to raise production funds – though there are exceptions – and startup HydroArtPod is walking its device down that path too, having launched on Indiegogo last week.

"My mission was to feed my family fresh food and make it look like beautiful art in the home," said HydroArtPod's Aline Pate, who has spent three years bringing the idea to life. "I came up with a product that solves the three main issues of growing at home; space, time, and not knowing how."

So, the idea here is to have the system itself do most of the work, with users just adding water now and again and harvesting fresh greens without getting their hands dirty. Users will need 10.7 sq ft (1 sq m) of free wallspace near a wall outlet to mount the device though. Once up on a wall, the user loads the shelves with self-contained organic seed pods for herbs, leafy greens and vegetables like bell peppers and small tomatoes that include a growing medium, fills the 2.7-gal (10-L) water tank and powers the unit on.

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