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Planters that water themselves – for months!

When you imagine growing your own greens, you may think of a number of obstacles that keep you from starting. We’ve all heard the excuses. Things like “I live in a condo,” “I don’t have a backyard,” even “I forget to water my plants, so they just die.”

So when we discovered self-watering containers, we had to learn more. Turns out you can now grow in condos and other indoor spaces with nothing but a windowsill. Turns out you can water your plants once in a blue moon (as minimally as every twelve weeks)—and they don’t have to die. Turns out you can enjoy flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruits in beautiful planters that complement your space and enable you to #growyourown.

We understand the desire to add greenery to your indoor and outdoor spaces, and we understand the desire to eat some of said greens. (Perhaps your dog already does?) When we lived in a condo, we loved having flowers throughout our home and herbs in the kitchen. Small tomato plants thrived on the balcony, enhancing our salads and other homemade dishes from early summer to fall. We had a few lettuce plants as well, to help round out fresh homegrown salads.

Self-watering planters make all of this easier, and they are simple enough to operate. The first (or outside) layer is filled with water while the second (or inside) layer holds the soil (or small rocks called pon) as well as the plant itself, allowing the roots to grow down through the layer to the water. A small water-level metre indicates when the planter needs a refill. Depending on what you grow, watering can happen as infrequently as four times a year!

A wide selection of planters ranging from windowsill and tabletop designs to larger patio and deck designs are available in a variety of finishes and colours, for both indoor and outdoor use.

What you want to grow will dictate your planter size. Delta windowsill planters are small and sleek and ideal for indoor use, fitting two average basil or parsley plants, whereas the Trio Cottage planter works well outside and can fit multiple hearty tomato plants.

We are happy to consult with you on planter choices and can also offer you a variety of different flowers, herbs, vegetables, or fruits to fill your living space with beautiful plants that you (and your dog) can enjoy.

Happy Growing
At Home Organic Farms

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Plants that don’t need watering? Yes please!

When you think about growing plants or vegetables maybe you have specific obstacles that keep you from gardening.  We hear it often.  Things like “I live in a condo and I don’t have a backyard,” or “I have a brown thumb and forget to water my plants so they just die.”

We feel your strife! That’s why when we discovered self-watering containers we had to learn more.  Turns out you can grow indoors, with as little space as your windowsill.  Turns out you can enjoy organic vegetables that require watering as little as every couple of months.

We are so excited about being able to bring gardening to condo owners as well as homeowners, brown thumbs as well as green thumbs that we decided to join forces with a local organization that supports green living, LiveGreen Toronto, to make self-watering containers available to everyone looking to enjoy fresh, local and organic produce (or maybe just some lovely flowering plants) regardless of their abode.

To learn more about our exclusive offer for LiveGreen Toronto Members please visit www.toronto.ca/livegreen/e-blasts/exclusiveoffer_ahof.htm

To learn more about the wide selection of self-watering containers that are available please visit the At Home Organic Farms General Store

Why you might want a self-watering container instead of a more traditional garden:

  • How it works. In a nutshell, each self-watering containers feature a sub-irrigation system that holds a reservoir of water, and a water-level-indicator which tells you when water levels are low
  • What colours or sizes do the containers come in?  A very wide selection of choices ranging from windowsill and table top designs to larger patio and deck designs are available.  To see a full range of options please visit AHOF’s Green General Store.
  • What can I grow in my container? Virtually any plant that grows in soil can be grown in these self-watering containers.  You can choose to add soil and seeds/seedlings to any planter.  A full selection of what 100% certified organic veggies available can be found here.
  • Can I use my container inside or outside? Yes! These models feature a plug that easily and quickly converts containers from indoor to outdoor use.
  • How often do I need to water? Depending on the size of your container, watering may be required as little as every few months

We hope you’ll be as excited about this breakthrough as we are!

Happy Growing
At Home Organic Farms

@homeorganicfarm
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