Here’s an Innovative Little Grip That Helps You Easily Sprout Avocado Seeds

If you’ve seen enough food and craft videos on Facebook, you know that the correct way to sprout an avocado (or most seeds, tubers, roots, or shoots for that matter) is to submerge it halfway in a glass of water. The usual trick is to prod the avocado seed with four toothpicks, and precariously balance it on the rim of a glass filled with water. Once the sapling starts sprouting, you can transfer it to a planter with soil. Noga Toren’s solution ditches the toothpicks for something more elegant, and versatile.

The Planty cleverly relies on a flexible form and the springing property of metal. It comes with an outer metal rim, four triggers, and inner arms that flex open in an aperture-ish style when you press the triggers. Use it to grip an avocado seed, a potato, onion, half a cabbage, pineapple, or anything you’d like to sprout. The six arms gently grip the plant without damaging it, and the outer rim allows it to sit on top of a glass of water till the sprouting is done. Once you see tiny roots and stems developing, transfer it into the soil and watch as it sprouts into a healthy plant!

Designer: Noga Toren

Playable, stackable terrarium blocks that bring mother nature to your desk!

Just about the size of a matchbox, these acrylic cuboids contain a living, breathing, self-sustaining terrarium. Designed to be conveniently compact enough to be placed anywhere, the Level Scapes are a great way to bring a bit of nature with you anywhere. Not just a simple plant but a real natural floral habitat. Terrariums are wonderful micro-habitats that have a knack for surviving on their own, replenishing their needs, living in harmony, like a miniature forest. Just a touch of water and a few beams of sunlight and the terrarium is capable of self-sustaining. When stacked together, they’re a great alternative to potted plants, as they’re compact, resilient, and easy to maintain.

Terrariums often occupy a couple of square-feet of space… Level Scapes manages to fit them into palm-sized boxes that you can easily place on your table. Housed inside an openable acrylic box, which acts as a greenhouse, these tiny ecosystems can be placed singularly, or even in groups, stacked one upon the other like play-blocks. Unlike plants that require care (because they’re being made to exist outside their natural forest-habitat), terrariums are, in fact, habitats in themselves. Made up of a variety of mosses and ferns that can live and sustain well within their closed environments, taking care of terrariums is incredibly easy. The Level Scapes just require a moderate amount of sunlight per day, and a few drops of water every few days or so. The closed-acrylic setup is almost like a greenhouse, retaining moisture to create the perfect temperature and humidity needed for the plant to grow.

In their compact form, the Level Scapes are a wonderful way to give yourself (or even someone else!) the gift of nature. Great to cherish and easy to maintain, these tiny, playable, stackable blocks add a touch of living greenery to your desk that beats a bonsai or succulent as they are way more interactive and fun!

Designer: Level Scapes

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A lamp with a herb-garden? Yes please!

Providing a lovely dim light to your space as well as photons for a tiny kitchen-garden, the Brot is a lamp and planter combined into one slick, terracotta package. The lamp provides nourishment to a tiny kitchen-garden that you can literally pick from and use in your meals. The upper half of the Brot lamp houses the light, while the lower half acts as a torus-shaped vessel for growing plants. A stainless steel tray sits inside the lower half, acting as a holder for the plant. You can sow a variety of seeds in the Brot, and the process is pretty standard. The seeds need to be soaked in advance before being planted, and can then be placed in the Brot’s lower half. They need to be moistened (probably using a spray/spritzer) 2-3 times a day, and within a week you’ve got yourself a perfectly healthy, homegrown set of herbs or sprouts to use in your meals. Oh, and let’s not forget, the Brot can be used for ambient dim lighting too, because after all, it’s also a lamp!

The dual functioning lamp and garden made its inaugural appearance at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February in the “Greenhouse” category. The Brot is not yet for sale, but the company hopes to find a production facility soon.

Designer: Benditas Studio

Super Mario Goomba Garden Statue: Watch Your Step!

If you need something to stomp on in your garden, this Super Mario Goomba Garden Statue is perfect. It looks just like a little Goomba from Super Mario Bros. except it stands still. Actually, don’t stomp this thing. You’ll probably break your foot since it is made of resin. And it isn’t worth any points anyway.

I don’t know about you, but I know that I’ve been saddened that I can’t grow actual fire flowers in my garden, but this Goomba will make it all better, adding just a touch of the Mushroom Kingdom to your yard. I think garden critters are much more likely to be scared by this guy than a garden gnome. I mean this looks like something that could actually eat them if they get too close. It’s those two fangs that make it look deadly. The eyebrows don’t help either. Dude just looks mean and hungry. He needs a Snickers. Thank God they get stomped easily by humans.

You can display this guy inside or outside, wherever you need a little Goomba action. He stands 8″ tall, so that’s probably about life-sized if Goombas were real. He’s the perfect addition to your Super Mario statue collection. Grab one at ThinkGeek today for $24.99.

Produce Fresh Vegetables in The Comfort of Your Home!

When we think of growing plants, phrases such as ‘High maintenance’, ‘Unreliable’ and ‘Time consuming’ spring to mind. But this doesn’t always have to be the case… and Aspara proves this!

Aspara is a smart indoor garden that encourages the growth and consumption of fresh, healthy vegetables and herbs! Remembering to water the plants is a thing of the past; a scaled-down hydroponics farm system has been neatly integrated into the design, allowing for a reduced amount of wasted water, a faster plant growth, and perhaps most importantly, the elimination of the need for regular watering!

It’s not just watering that Aspara simplifies… it removes complexity from the start with its dedicated seed kits; the organic and/or non-GMO capsules plug straight into tray, removing the need for getting your hands dirty! The conditions of the plant’s environment can be monitored remotely from the mobile app, where you can also enter into a community of fellow gardeners, and share tips, tricks and advice on how to get the most out of your indoor garden!

Designer: Julian Bowerman

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The aspara™ smart indoor grow box is a miniaturized hydroponics farm system. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil by using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent.

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aspara™’s smart built-in sensors monitor, detect, report and record growth conditions based on nutrient concentration, air temperature, humidity, water temperature and overall water content in the system.

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The sensors will adjust lighting, water flow and planting modes based on your plant’s needs. Precise monitoring of the growth conditions provides accurate instruction on the amount of water and nutrients required to be refilled into the system.

The adjustable grow light provides a full spectrum of intensity that caters to the needs of different plants at different growth stages, as well as your personal preference. Control growth through specific programs and replicate nature with sunrise and sunset scenery.

The reservoir water system automatically waters your seeds and plants based on their nutrient levels and stage of life. The automatic ebb-and-flow-design circulates the water so that nothing is wasted.

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The aspara™ seed kits start with 15+ different organic and/or non-GMO seed capsules (selected) with nutrients that guarantee a 100% germination rate by just plugging the capsules into the specialty grow tray. It’s that simple!

The aspara™ IoT-connected app provides necessities, such as your plant’s light, water, temperature, and nutrient information, and it tracks your plant’s activities and conditions, but it does so much more…

The aspara™ app is a community platform for support, as well as a space to share your plants’ growth with people who share a similar passion. You can even share your progress through photos and videos on social media!

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The World’s First Strawberry Tree?!

Successfully growing strawberries is notoriously challenging… pests love them just as much as we do! The team at Gusta Gardens identified this, and their solution came in the form of the wonderful SISSI STRAWBERRY, the world’s first strawberry tree!

The vertical planting system allows the product to be versatile; the height of the planter can be adjusted by adding or removing the pots, this can be increased further by elevating it, adding to its tree-like form! Or, if you’re after something a little more unusual, it can be suspended from the ceiling… there is an option for everyone!

Water is perfectly distributed throughout with help from the integrated system that ensures perfect irrigation conditions through each level, leading to consistently perfect growth. Most importantly of all, SISSI STRAWBERRY allows for strawberries to be made at home, meaning no more pesticides or lengthy journeys across the globe, just the sweet taste of satisfaction… and strawberry!

Designer: Lucas Burger of Gusta Garden

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Handsome Hydroponics

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If someone told you that every home in the future would have its own farm smack dab in the middle of the living room, that’d be a hard sell, wouldn’t it?! When you see this design called Aeva, however, it becomes a little easier to believe. Designed to blend in with your existing home atmosphere, this is what happens when Scandinavian design values meet modern hydroponics.

Elegantly crafted from fine wood, chrome, and other premium materials, it nudges our preconceptions about how hydroponic systems should look scientific. The traditional credenza-style bottom looks familiar while the upper portion looks entirely contemporary. All of the working components are neatly tucked away and efficiently organized while the user’s favorite herbs and veggies add a touch of green to their living space.

Designer: Inertia

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I Can’t Even With How Cozy This Is

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There’s something crazy comfy about this design from Studio Rem and it’s purely intentional! Called Nebl, this thoughtfully designed planter represents the snugness, calmness, and grey quietness of a foggy day.

A minimalistic material blend, its ceramic base and frosted glass top create a safe cocoon for houseplants. The semitranslucent material teases the contents to the viewer, encouraging the use of their imagination while recalling the familiar feeling of being wrapped in a hazy cloud. In two varying sizes, and with the option to switch between two opening sizes that raise the glass, you can pair them up to put your favorite houseplants on display. DO want!

Designer: Studio Rem

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