Thousands of conflicts in human history have been spawned by a quest for land. It has started wars and has caused pain across the centuries. But here’s a secret about land: it’s just dirt. And this incredible garden by Kettal and Tectum Garden proves that, actually, you don’t need dirt to grow delicious food.

Fresh vegetables growing in the hydroponic garden

Everything in this garden is grown without soil. It is also drip watered and 30% of the excess water is reused. Further, all the materials used to build it are 75% recycled and 100% recyclable. The design is compact, simple and it can be put literally anywhere you want to put it, whether it’s indoors or out. You have the option to put it near windows or far from natural light.

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The hydroponic garden in a lobby area

The implications of such a garden are clear. Growing edible plants without a need for soil, using drip watering techniques, harvesting food from plants in small spaces both indoors and outdoors — the possibilities are stunning. This garden then whispers of a world where food shortage is only a memory.

A view of the garden in a tight space

Meanwhile, a team of environmentalists, architects, designers, engineers, agronomists and scientists came together to create this garden. It took a lot of people because there are a lot of goals this project hopes to accomplish: improving quality of life in cities, transforming work environments, addressing and mitigating climate change, and helping foster a circular, green economy.

Freshly picked scallions

The simple, minimalistic design doesn’t take up much space but it does provide space for many different types of edible plants. Lettuce, cabbage, greens, onions, herbs, the list of edible plants you can grow here goes on and on. The list of applications for such a garden goes on and on, too.

This compact, practical design is perfect for apartments, workspaces, businesses and homes of all kinds. This hydroponic garden could be one step toward changing the way food is grown around the world.

+ Kettal, Tectum Garden

Images via Kettal; header image, final image via Pexels