NOW PEOPLE – THORBEN LINNEBERG & NADINE KELLER
Founders of the Aerospring Garden vertical aeroponic gardening system.
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.