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Noocity Growbed – self-sufficient urban gardening system


Many more people are nowadays trying to grow their own food in whatever way they can, spurred on by a growing distrust in the quality of the mass produced food available in most shops. However it can be hard work, especially if you live in a city, as anyone who’s ever tried growing any edibles on their balcony will tell you. Now a new system designed in Portugal may provide an easier solution.

The Noocity Growbed is a self-contained growing plot, which offers a low maintenance, easy assembly method of growing fresh produce in a small space. The secret to the unit lies in a self-watering system which sits at the bottom of the growbed, which means that you don’t have to worry about watering your plants for up to 3 weeks at a time. Perfect for stressed out urbanites.


You need to add your own soil and seeds of course. The units hold around 200 liters of soil and 45 liters of water at a time, but the makers claim they consumes up to 80% less water and grow up to 50% more produce than a conventional vegetable patch. Whatever that is. We’re not told how the Growbeds cope with nasty little insects and critters anxious to feast off your lovely veggies, but we suspect it’s just more of the usual war story.


One other exciting feature of the new system, which might also help with parasitic invaders, is a plan to introduce a self-fertilizing system, where you can throw suitable food waste from your kitchen into a special central container along with some earthworms, and the result will be a nicely composted patch over time. Sounds like a great idea. Each 125 x 65 x 35 cm flat packed plot costs $140 / €130, with shipping extra.

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