Sleek hydroponic unit lets you grow a garden in your kitchen

© Nano Garden

Indoor gardening solutions come in a range of possibilities -- from do-it-yourself windowfarming kits to more high-tech fare. The futuristic, hydroponic Nano Garden fits in the latter category, allowing urban dwellers who have a bit more space in their homes to grow trays of veggies, herbs and greens right in their kitchen.

© Nano Garden

Dreamed up by a team of designers from Hyundai's engineering and construction division and South Korean design firm Gromo, the Nano Kitchen concept is a home-scaled, tiered unit for urban dwellers, say the creators on FastCo.Design:

Nano Garden is a vegetable garden for the apartment kitchen, using hydroponics, so users don't need to worry about pesticides or fertilizers. Instead of the sunlight, Nano Garden has lighting which promotes the growth of plants. The amount of light, water and nutrient supply is also controllable, so users can decide the growth speed. It lets users know when to provide water or nutrients to the plants, and Nano Garden functions as a natural air purifier, eliminating unpleasant smells.

© Nano Garden

A user-controllable, local-at-arm's-length home garden like this would win points on ease and convenience -- though it would probably cost you an arm and a leg to purchase and maintain in terms of energy consumption. Nevertheless, shiny gadgets like these shouldn't replace, but rather complement, more hands-on and soul-satisfying alternatives like the good ol' community garden. More over at FastCo.Design.

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