What is CGARDEN®?
CGARDEN® is a revolutionary vegetable garden solution.
It is a unique urban garden, patented, developed and manufactured in Portugal.
It is an organic garden that allows you to grow organic, healthy and tasty fruits and vegetables.
The CGARDEN® concept is based on nature's cycles and processes, integrating water collection and storage, composting, fertilisation and automatic irrigation using solar energy, allowing you to turn a small space into a virtually autonomous garden. Basically, it is a combination of the processes that nature has taken millennia to perfect with the technology that is available today.
It is the perfect solution to create a vegetable garden in your balcony, terrace or garden, allowing you to grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in a healthy, ecological and convenient way.
It is extremely easy to assemble and maintain, has an expected durability of over 30 years and will be like a new member of your family, who will be there for you in good times and bad.
How does it work?
Advantages of CGARDEN®
It reduces energy consumption by eliminating all consumption related to the production, packaging, transport and refrigeration of food, contributing decisively to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It considerably reduces waste production because it disposes of packaging and allows the use of organic waste for the production of biological fertilisers, which would otherwise have to be sent for treatment. It improves the air quality, contributing to the purification of the atmosphere of the areas where it is integrated. It reduces water consumption because it collects and stores rainwater, which also positively impacts the need to channel rainwater.
It keeps us informed about what we are eating and ensures that, in the event of a food shortage, for whatever reason, we will always be able to meet part of our food needs with complete autonomy.
In addition to being recyclable, it is highly durable; i.e., it is not a disposable product that starts by being beautiful and exciting, but ends up in the trash shortly afterwards. CGARDEN® is a friend for life, who will be with you in good times and bad, which in our opinion, is the first and most important condition for sustainability.
Physical health - Allows the cultivation of a large quantity and variety of organic, natural and healthy foods, without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilisers. It ensures diversity in the diet and the possibility of harvesting directly to your table, i.e., extremely fresh, with the highest nutritional value.
Emotional health - Provides an extremely healthy therapeutic activity of relaxation and relief, connecting us to the cycles of nature, which allows us to disconnect from the rush and virtualised world in which we live.
It is a very durable piece of equipment that has a very high productive potential and allows generating continuous dividends in the form of fresh and healthy food products, which, regardless of the state of the economy, are always priceless.
It is an ergonomic garden. The plants are placed at a specific height from the ground, which allow for all the tasks related to their cultivation to be performed in an extremely convenient position, even for people with limited mobility. It is a "clean" garden where there is no need to get dirty in order to take care of the plants and which does not generate waste, because even by-products, such as weeds, are placed in integrated composting. This garden is right at hand, which eliminates the need to visit the supermarket, allowing, for example, to pick a delicious lettuce for dinner when you are already wearing slippers and pyjamas. It is an autonomous garden that takes care of the plants for us, allowing us to be absent for personal or professional reasons, while watering and fertilising them according to their needs, using solar energy, stored water and a composting kit.
It provides us with quality time with the younger generation. Whether it is planting, caring or harvesting the plants, it allows them to convey knowledge and experiences about nature. It helps us teach them that nothing can be achieved without a little dedication and patience, and that the moments of greatest happiness cannot be bought, they must be cultivated. It promotes healthy lifestyles by encouraging outdoor activities and a more balanced diet. It is easier to motivate them to eat vegetables when they become responsible for planting and caring for them.
In addition to being extremely functional and practical, it is a decorative element that improves the elegance of the space in which it is installed, due to its aesthetic care, the high-quality materials and the beauty that both nature and plants add to any space.
CGARDEN® is a way of life, a statement. It means that you consciously assume that our planet needs help and that we, as a society, need to change, that we need to play our role to guarantee a future for the next generations. Having a CGARDEN® is to become aware of this reality, to become part of the solution instead of being part of the problem.
What can I grow
CGARDEN® urban gardens, depending on the version, Pura, Essência ou Natureza consist of 3, 5 or 11 planting boxes with a depth of 32 cm and 2 plantig boxes with a depth of 12 cm.
Our 32-cm-deep boxes are the perfect solution for a home garden, because they have a capacity of almost 70 litres and allow planting "any" vegetable, from aromatic herbs to lettuce, chard, spinach, garlic, onions, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, broad beans, peas, peppers, potatoes, blueberries, strawberries, etc. Our smaller boxes, which are 12 cm deep, are more suitable for smaller plants, such as aromatic herbs, chard, lettuce, etc.
The capacity of these planting boxes, together with the other unique features of CGARDEN®, which promote rapid and healthy plant growth, allows high-density planting; i.e., they allow having many plants per box, while enabling them to grow fast and healthy.
Over the several years it took us to develop this concept, we noticed something extraordinary, which is the fact that plants love to be mixed, i.e., just as in nature, plants are averse to monoculture and develop much better in diversity. It is true that some plants don't like to be together, but in general, the greater the diversity, the greater the productivity and resistance to diseases and pests. With regard to these compatibilities and incompatibilities, there is a lot of information available online that can help you when it comes to deciding what to mix, or what you can experiment with and discover.
Next, we show you some examples so you can learn more about the planting capacity of the CGARDEN® boxes.
chard, tomatoes and broad bean
leek and lettuce
garlic and carrot
cabbage and lettuce
tomatoes, leek and brussels sprouts
lettuce, parsley and broad bean
chives, lemon grass and vietnamese coriander
kale, marigolds and broad bean
leek, onions, garlic and brussels sprouts
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