Droponic system pairs soil-free planters with a smartphone app to help urban gardeners cultivate fresh herbs

Nourishing a garden might not seem like a possibility in an urban environment, but Droponic hopes to change that. The kitchen garden system makes it possible for city dwellers to grow fresh herbs in their homes without even venturing outside, using “smart planters” in conjunction with a smartphone app that will track the plants' progress.

The system uses hydroponic technology, a method of growing plants in water without soil—for aspiring indoor gardeners, that means no trail of dirt on the kitchen floor to clean up and guarantees pesticide-free herbs. Instead of being planted in soil, Droponic plant roots are suspended in water with nutrients, and the accompanying app sends gardeners reminders to add water and nutrients to the planters as needed. The system is low-maintenance—most herbs will only need a fresh supply every two weeks.

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