gardening

How To Get Your Garden Ready For Spring Planting

It’s the first day of glorious spring here in Australia, and we’re wasting no time getting ready for spring planting season. Here’s how to thaw your garden out of its winter funk ready for a fantastic season of blooms.


Seed-Filled Caps Turn Plastic Bottles Into Tiny Gardens

If you’re looking for a more profitable way to recycle your empty plastic water bottles, forget about taking them to the kerb every week. As long as your home gets a few drops of sunshine every day, you can turn them into tiny productive gardens with these Petomato bottle caps.


Gardener Claims He Hasn't Watered This Flourishing Biosphere Since 1972

If you can’t raise a plant to save your life you know the appeal of terrariums, which can sustain themselves for months on end without being watered. But a retiree in the UK says he sealed up his bottle garden in 1972 — and hasn’t watered it since.


The New Click & Grow Herb Garden Does Everything But Harvest Itself

Click and Grow’s second generation home hydroponic system launches today that, like its predecessor, provides urban gardeners an organic, pesticide-free, and nearly autonomous herb garden. Except the new Smart Herb Garden doesn’t need a bright window spot — it includes its own miniature sun.


A Sniping Sprinkler That Only Targets Your Plants When They Need Water

A built-in sprinkler system is a better way to water a garden than just standing there randomly blasting plants with a hose. And taking that idea one step further, the Droplet turns your sprinklers into intelligent snipers that only water the plants you tell them to using a focused stream — except when rainy weather already has.


A Fold-Flat Watering Can Designed For Your Cramped Balcony Garden

If you live in an apartment in a big city, and you’ve managed to find a little room on your tiny balcony for a modest garden, you probably don’t have much space left for the tools needed to toil over your cramped crops. So inventor Marc R. came up with this rather clever soft-sided watering can called the Squish that’s thin and easy to store when it’s empty.


Plant Your Next Garden With A Boom Using Repurposed Shotgun Shells

For all the hubbub about California banning the use of lead in ammunition, there’s been less of a focus on safer alternatives. Designer Per Crowell has taken this to perhaps its most tongue-in-cheek extreme, proposing shotgun shells filled with seeds.


Grow A Garden In A Clothing Box

Cultivating an indoor garden is surprisingly easy these days, even if your studio apartment is only slightly bigger than a shoe box. And with a bit of resourcefulness and some minor MacGyvering, you can grow fresh produce year-round without sacrificing precious closet-space.


Backyard Maintenance Is A Breeze With This Leaf-Smooshing Rake

You might think the cheap plastic rake you grabbed at the hardware store is more than adequate given you really only use it for about one month out of the year. But that’s only because you haven’t been introduced to Quirky’s wonderful new Rake ‘n’ Tamp, which not only wrangles leaves, it also tamps them down so you can squeeze as much as possible into every bag.


Pack Your Entire Balcony With Garden

Look, you’re already stuffing your entire life into a 10sqm box, you might as well maximise your balcony’s utility as well. With some minor augmentations, you can turn even the tiniest outdoor space into a personal Babylonian Garden.