It features automated watering and supplementary LED lights for better plant growing
For those who want to grow their organic vegetables at home but they lack space, the Taiga Tower might be the solution, as it offers the benefits of a backyard garden but in much smaller dimensions. This smart garden tower is structured in an upright design in order to save space, and has a diameter of just less than 38 inches. It is approximately 4.5 ft tall and can stretch out to a maximum of 5.5 ft to allow more growing space. Levels can also be completely removed from the standard three-tier system, to reduce size. The tower offers an amount of growing space equivalent to that of an 80 ft2 garden in its 9 removable pots of 0.6 ft3 each. The system claims to have a capacity for 50 plants and can rotate 360 degrees for easy access to all of them. The tower is suited for both indoor and outdoor use, and it can be easily relocated due to its built-in wheels.
Its creators, Sural and Daya Ranamukha, had been working on improving the design of the prototype for over one year to optimize the Taiga Tower features. This indoor, lower-maintenance garden is equipped with an automated watering system. Internal sensors monitor the moisture levels of the soil in each pod and when needed, water is being pushed from the bottom reservoir to each of the trays. The base of the tower holds the water basin, which only needs to be filled every 7 to 10 days –this is easily done by connecting a standard garden hose-. There is also self-rotation to enable even sunlight distribution as well as a LED spectrum light at the top of the tower that facilitates indoor growth. Moreover, the system can be controlled via the Taiga mobile app, as all its functions are fully automated. While using the app, you can design a watering schedule for your plants and can switch it on and off depending on your schedule.
The tower was available for purchase during its crowdfunding campaign at a cost starting at $149. The campaign ended last November and the first shipments are estimated to begin in June 2017.