Urban Leaf

Growth Opportunity

If you want to grow a kitchen window herb garden, but think you don’t have the time, the skills, or the space, the folks at Urban Leaf have come up with a creative solution. All it takes is their smart soil inserts and seeds, a recycled dark glass bottle, and a window to get growing. Makers Nate Littlewood and Rob Elliott share a passion for urban gardening and reconnecting people with food. They want to make it easy and fun for people to start growing their own herbs, even in the smallest spaces, like their own New York City apartments. These inserts are about as low-maintenance as you can get, because they give the herbs all the nutrients they need to keep growing for up to six months. They even water themselves for the first 30 days—how easy is that?

Urban Leaf

Self-Watering Windowsill Herb Garden

Growth Opportunity

If you want to grow a kitchen window herb garden, but think you don’t have the time, the skills, or the space, the folks at Urban Leaf have come up with a creative solution. All it takes is their smart soil inserts and seeds, a recycled dark glass bottle, and a window to get growing. Makers Nate Littlewood and Rob Elliott share a passion for urban gardening and reconnecting people with food. They want to make it easy and fun for people to start growing their own herbs, even in the smallest spaces, like their own New York City apartments. These inserts are about as low-maintenance as you can get, because they give the herbs all the nutrients they need to keep growing for up to six months. They even water themselves for the first 30 days—how easy is that?
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Quick Questions

How long does it take to grow?

Most herbs should sprout between 1 and 2 weeks after planting. Once your plant has sprouted it will take between 30 and 100 days to reach maturity, however with most plants you can prune them and enjoy “mini harvests” over the course of their life (and to help extend their lives). The speed of growth largely depends on how much light it gets, so if the days are getting shorter or your plant is in an area without much natural light, you may want to consider a grow lamp to help it along.

How often do I need to water my plant?

The frequency that you need to refill the bottle all depends on the size of your plant and the size of your bottle. At first, the initial fill should last about a month but once your plant is bigger you should check the level every week.

Are bottles included? What kind of bottle should I use?

No, “upcycle” a used bottle and give it second life as a hydroponics reservoir. The garden is sized to fit in 95% of bottlenecks, so most any bottle should work.
The ideal bottle is a 750 ml dark brown or green bottle. A red wine bottle works great to repurpose for your garden. The 750 ml size is perfect for the amount of nutrients that are in the soil, and doesn’t require frequent refilling. The dark color will block out red and blue light from getting through, keeping your water clean and algae-free. Former beverage bottles are best because they are least likely to leave residue in the bottle that creates a problem for plant growth. Oil residue in the bottle can cause a fungus on the plants roots. If you’re going to use a bottle that formerly contained a food substance, first wash out the bottle with warm soapy water, then wash again with a small amount of household bleach, before a final rinse with fresh water. This will get the bottle as clean as possible.

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Self-Watering Windowsill Herb Garden see details

Urban Leaf

Self-Watering Windowsill Herb Garden

Growth Opportunity

If you want to grow a kitchen window herb garden, but think you don’t have the time, the skills, or the space, the folks at Urban Leaf have come up with a creative solution. All it takes is their smart soil inserts and seeds, a recycled dark glass bottle, and a window to get growing.

Makers Nate Littlewood and Rob Elliott share
a passion for urban gardening and reconnecting people with food. They want to make it easy and fun for people to start growing their own herbs, even in the smallest spaces, like their own New York City apartments. These inserts are about as low-maintenance as you can get, because they give the herbs all the nutrients they need to keep growing for up to six months. They even water themselves for the first 30 days—how easy is that? Read More Read Less
 

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Quick Questions

How long does it take to grow?

Most herbs should sprout between 1 and 2 weeks after planting. Once your plant has sprouted it will take between 30 and 100 days to reach maturity, however with most plants you can prune them and enjoy “mini harvests” over the course of their life (and to help extend their lives). The speed of growth largely depends on how much light it gets, so if the days are getting shorter or your plant is in an area without much natural light, you may want to consider a grow lamp to help it along.

How often do I need to water my plant?

The frequency that you need to refill the bottle all depends on the size of your plant and the size of your bottle. At first, the initial fill should last about a month but once your plant is bigger you should check the level every week.

Are bottles included? What kind of bottle should I use?

No, “upcycle” a used bottle and give it second life as a hydroponics reservoir. The garden is sized to fit in 95% of bottlenecks, so most any bottle should work.
The ideal bottle is a 750 ml dark brown or green bottle. A red wine bottle works great to repurpose for your garden. The 750 ml size is perfect for the amount of nutrients that are in the soil, and doesn’t require frequent refilling. The dark color will block out red and blue light from getting through, keeping your water clean and algae-free. Former beverage bottles are best because they are least likely to leave residue in the bottle that creates a problem for plant growth. Oil residue in the bottle can cause a fungus on the plants roots. If you’re going to use a bottle that formerly contained a food substance, first wash out the bottle with warm soapy water, then wash again with a small amount of household bleach, before a final rinse with fresh water. This will get the bottle as clean as possible.

Learn more about the product

Self-Watering Windowsill Herb Garden see details