Eco-conscious folks who like growing their own food but don’t actually have room to plant an outdoor garden will absolutely love this invention. The Patch Planter, from Let’s Patch, is a self-watering, compact herb planter that will turn you into a real gardener.

Not that you will have to do too much to gain that title. The Patch Planter needs very little to grow your plants: all you have to do is supply with it water and sunlight and it will take care of the rest. And unlike other similar products, the Patch does not need any kind of power supply to work.

Patch Planter for Self-Watering Urban Gardens

Patch Planters are designed to be user-friendly and make growing any herb very easy. They measure 12x6x6 inches and can hold one gallon of soil and 0.5 gallons of water in their reservoir.

Every Patch Planter is made of a high-density, durable material called Tyvek. This material is recyclable, stain resistant and washable, having all the properties of film, paper and fabric. The planters can even be folded down into a 12x6x1 flat package that allows easy storage and shipping.

The self-watering technique Let’s Patch used in developing the planters is called sub-irrigation. All you have to do is pour water in the reservoir, the water will moisten the soil and this will keep the plant roots growing healthy and strong.

According to the manufacturers, users will need to add water once a week, at least in the early stages of the plant’s growth. Later on, the planter will require fresh water every two or three days. This is not exactly self-watering, but it’s still preferable to having to remember to water your flowers every day.

Let’s Patch started a Kickstarter campaign for the planters, with a $50,000 goal. The company is planning to use the funds to develop a stronger, more durable reservoir and to start shipping beyond US borders as well. Backers can get their very own Patch Planter for as little as $38.

Check out the Patch Planter’s Kickstarter pitch video below:

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