Giving The Gift Of Green

November 29, 2016

Winter has finally arrived for those of us here in the Twin Cities. Well, maybe not the type of winter you might expect with steady sub-zero temperatures and rampant use of the “-pocalypse” suffix, but it’s here nonetheless. The landscape is covered in a grey shroud, sundown comes with the evening commute and it can be difficult to keep spirits high, even in the most festive of seasons. If you’re on the lookout for ways to beat the winter blues, there are few solutions more accessible than filling your days with a bit more green; not with cash, but plants!

With the holiday season upon us, here are a few inexpensive ideas that can help brighten up the days:

While it’s currently only a Kickstarter campaign, the Natural Balance planter by Netherlands-based Studio Lorier offers an elegant solution for those concerned about remembering to water their photosynthetic friends. An internal reservoir is filled and supplies a steady supply of water for up to 28 days, and it’s got an elegantly designed exterior to boot. Check out the campaign here and maybe even show your excitement by backing it!

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The Natural Balance from Studio Lorier comes with an integrated water reservoir and counterbalance to take the headache out of watering your plant

Another Kickstarter product, this one fully funded and available for purchase: the Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden offers a simple and self-sustaining solution for a family of plants that can certainly prove more difficult to raise than their more domesticated counterparts. The planter itself houses 3 plant cartridges and relies on an integrated grow lamp to provide a steady source of energy. With a wide variety of cartridge options like basil, chives, oregano and peppermint you’ll be able to harvest and replenish your stores with ease.

The Click and Grow Planter from Studio Lorier comes with its own integrated grow light and plenty of plant options.

The Click and Grow Planter comes with its own integrated grow light and plenty of plant options.

Similar to the Click and Grow planter, the Cloud Farms Amphora provides a hydroponic solution for herb growing. The soil-less planter takes the mess out of transplanting plants to larger containers once they’ve outgrown their welcome in more modestly sized vessels. The roots are afforded a generous 10+ inches of water to draw from, accommodating tremendous root growth and allowing the grower to leave the plant to its own devices for 5-6 weeks before returning to harvest.

A taller form allows for the hydroponic Amphora planter to accommodate a larger supply of water and eliminates the need for soils or transplanting

A taller form allows for the hydroponic Amphora planter to accommodate a larger supply of water and eliminates the need for soils or transplanting

There are many more options out there, from smart to simple and everything in between; there are myriad ways to chase away the winter gray with a splash of green. Happy holidays and even happier planting!