Check out Aerospring Gardens’ vertical greenery system
Aerospring Gardens is the manufacturer of a patentpending vertical aeroponic gardening system, designed for urban home gardeners who want to grow their own herbs, leafy greens, and vegetables in limited space.
This garden employs water rather than soil to cultivate a diverse range of vegetables and greens, thus growing upwards instead of outwards, explains Nadine Keller, co-founder of Aerospring Gardens.
Designed and manufactured in Toa Payoh, Singapore, this vertical gardening system allows you to grow up to 36 different edible plants and vegetables in limited space, says Keller. “It self-waters and requires little maintenance. It’s easy to set up and every pole includes little plant seedlings so that there is a garden from day one,” she says. The system includes everything one needs to start growing hydroponically. One just needs a balcony or outdoor space that enjoys a few hours of sunshine and a power plug.
From hobby to business
Aerospring Gardens was founded by couple Keller, 40, and Thorben linneberg, 46, both having originally come from corporate backgrounds. Keller left a promising corporate career to join Linneberg in setting up Singapore’s first urban growstore. “The business was borne out of the desire to grow our own food at home and it started out purely as a hobby, there wasn’t any intention to start a business,” says Keller, adding that gardening was a surprising stress buster for her, whilst Linneberg enjoyed inventing and building his own hydroponic system.
“As more and more of our friends and acquaintances saw and tasted what we were harvesting on weekends, they egged us on to develop the product further and turn it into a business,” says Keller. She says that because they supply seedlings with every system, they have provided over 20,000 herb, vegetable, and fruit seedlings to all of Aerospring Gardens’ customers. “For the first 6 months, this was done in our living room and the grow lights we had to use for the nursery illuminated our apartment purple. We could spot our unit from afar,” she shares. Aerospring Gardens has commenced exports to selected countries and plans to launch an indoor system with lights in the next 12 months.
The future of food is at stake and conventional approaches to agriculture need to be addressed, says Keller. “There is nothing fresher than homegrown and teaching someone how to grow their own is a gift we feel keeps on giving,” she adds.