NOW PEO­PLE – THORBEN LINNEBERG & NA­DINE KELLER

Founders of the Aerospring Gar­den ver­ti­cal aero­ponic gar­den­ing sys­tem.

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The Aerospring Gar­den ver­ti­cal aero­ponic gar­den­ing sys­tem, the brain­child of Thorben Linneberg and Na­dine Keller, was born from the cou­ple’s de­sire to grow de­li­cious heir­loom toma­toes on their bal­cony. It had a hum­ble start­ing point — with home­made pro­to­types that were first made out of PVC pipes, and later, 3D-printed ones — be­fore Thorben and Na­dine even­tu­ally turned their ur­ban gar­den­ing hobby into a busi­ness.

What is Aerospring Gar­den and how does it work?

It’s an aero­ponic gar­den­ing sys­tem with a 75-litre bucket base that you fill up with wa­ter, and a pump that chan­nels the wa­ter to the top through a cen­tral pipe in the hexag­o­nal col­umn. The wa­ter is show­ered back, rain­ing down on the roots of plants that are grow­ing within the hol­low col­umn. Wa­ter is con­stantly cir­cu­lat­ing, and you’re prob­a­bly us­ing only about 10 per cent of the wa­ter you would use in con­ven­tional gar­den­ing.

What are the ben­e­fits of hav­ing one?

You get up to 36 herbs and veg­eta­bles on your bal­cony, on tap! And since you har­vest only what you need, the plant will re­gen­er­ate new leaves and pro­duce so you can con­tin­u­ally har­vest it for up to a year, de­pend­ing on the plant. You can grow any­thing that can sur­vive in Sin­ga­pore’s tem­per­ate climate, as long as it’s not a root veg­etable. The Aerospring Gar­den is meant to make a dif­fer­ence in your food bud­get – while tak­ing up only about 5.4sqf of floor area and us­ing only around $3.50 worth of elec­tric­ity, when left run­ning con­stantly. By grow­ing your own food, you are also ac­tively be­ing more sus­tain­able and re­duc­ing your car­bon foot­print.

How do you see Sin­ga­pore­ans us­ing it at home?

We’d love to see ev­ery bal­cony have one! It’s easy to op­er­ate and main­tain, and doesn’t get your hands dirty. Not only does it save you money, but it im­proves your health, too, as the pro­duce is har­vested fresh and are full of nu­tri­ents. It also teaches your chil­dren where food comes from. Your kids may eat veg­eta­bles they may not have liked be­fore, be­cause they grew it! AEROSPRING GAR­DEN IS AVAIL­ABLE AT # 01- 01 THE CLUB­HOUSE, 120 SUN­SET WAY, TEL: 8112- 0067, WWW. AEROSPRINGGARDENS. COM.

ABOVE & BOT­TOM LEFT The Aerospring Gar­den sys­tem, founded by Thorben and Na­dine, has a mod­u­lar de­sign that can be eas­ily as­sem­bled and al­lows it to fit into one box for easy transportation.

LEFT The Aerospring Gar­den Pro (196cm) and Stan­dard (165cm) houses 36 and 27 plants re­spec­tively, which are grown out of “cups” placed into the slots of the col­umns.

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