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Patch Herb Planters

Grow your own food with a simple system designed for urban dwellers

by Kat Herriman in Food + Drink on 06 December 2012

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Greens find a new home in the city with self-watering windowsill planters from Patch. The brainchild of founder and CEO Kent Houston, the planters are just one part of Patch's solution for bringing agriculture into personal living spaces. The environmentally and community driven start-up focuses on educating people about the benefits of urban agriculture efforts and the little ways they can make a difference. By offering simple solutions like the Patch herb planter, Houston hopes to empower city dwellers to reap the rewards of growing their own food.

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Designed with the urbanite in mind, Patch's herb planter is built around a self-watering system called "sub-irrigation" that relies on capillary action in an easy-to-install, perforated grid fed through a small reservoir. As long as the reservoir is filled the plant will remain properly nourished with minimal effort from its owner. Houston's ingenious water reserve enables one to not only grow herbs at home but vegetables as well. The Tyvek planters are simple to set up and alternatively fold flat for easy storage. The planters require about six hours of sunlight a day, and are sized to fit standard city windowsills.

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Patch has partnered with Vancouver's branch of the food education non-profit, Growing Chefs with the hope of spreading its message even further. As a platform for food education, Growing Chefs provides the perfect channel for Patch's educational mantra and methods.

The Patch's kits range from $40 to $60 and can be purchased through their website.

Images courtesy of Patch

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