Hang a Balcony Farm Outside Your Apartment Kitchen

February 19, 2012 by

SkyFarm is cool a vertical gardening concept from German designer Manuel Dreesman that reduces the distance food travels from miles to right outside the kitchen window. One can farm in minimal urban space with this system consisting of a suspended acrylic planter inside which you grow vegetables and herbs on a balcony or terrace.

Even if your outside space lacks a ceiling, it would simple to attach the spheres to to any overhead structure or beam. With a gentle pull on the SkyPot’s retractable handle, you easily bring your harvest down to planting and harvesting level, then with a light tug, hoist the planter back overhead.


The SkyFarm concept arose out of the designer’s awareness that, with the growth of urban areas, the height of the buildings is rising to accommodate increased populations, leaving us with fewer gardening spaces but more balconies. His design follows many others in the trend to offer city dwellers an opportunity to capitalize on the airspace above or wall space on their small balconies, leaving valuable floor area free for lounging and entertaining.

The SkyPot’s handles offer space for labeling the plant–from seed to arugula.

SkyFarm is in the concept stage and actively seeking producers to “hang out” with.

  • What a cool idea! My husband and I are in the process of moving and while I had hoped I could have a backyard for gardening, it doesn’t look likely. This could actually be a solution though! Thank you for sharing!

  • Gives new meaning the the term, “Pull down menu”.

  • robin francisco

    I would luv to be 1 of the first ones to test this out. I have a small balcony and luv to cook with fresh herbs… plus it would keep my grandson out of it … Thank you, Robin

  • alison

    Perfect idea……I have a balcony but need the floor space to get around as disabled, these look ideal…..Please let me know if possible to try them out.

  • Is this unit a sub-irrigated pot like a Lechuza planter? It would make perfect sense if it was.

    You have to add Bob Hyland’s blog http://www.insideurbangreen.org to the list of blogs that you like. Bob’s blog (out of Brooklyn) is an excellent resource for all things sub-irrigated.


  • Robin Plaskoff Horton

    Alison, they are just a concept at the moment, check back to see if they go into production.

  • Kimberly

    This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen! If it goes into production, I totally plan on getting one!

  • Mika

    I think this would definitely works out for crowded city like Tokyo, or Taipei,
    because space saving is everything for these cities.
    I would absolutely want to have them on my balcony!!!:)

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  • franky

    this idea is so cool!If and when I have a balcony this will look super awesome:) thanks for this great idea and post!! Here are some suggestions on how to plan a fantastic herb garden. Check it out 🙂

  • franky

    Is there an easier alternative to make something similar and more afforable? It’d be fun to have children to be involved with this project!

  • John

    These are extremely intriguing to me. Are they still “just a concept?” I will check to see if they go into production. But, are you looking for capital or other resources to bring them to market? I’d be interested in knowing more about them if you are.

  • Thanks for Sharing!!

    Amazing apartment Kitchen……

  • Love this idea

  • Morgan

    If you do have a ceiling on your balcony, which you must have in order to hang these, and you must hang these high enough towards the ceiling that you can walk under them, how on earth will they get any sun? Won’t they be right up underneath the ceiling? Who are these balcony gardeners in small urbans spaces that have twelve feet of head space that would allow for these to be six feet off the ground and still be getting light from above?

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