Petomato: My Garden in a Bottle
As soon as I saw Petomato on television one morning, I knew I had to have one. The idea is simple: grow a plant in a PET bottle. It's container gardening for anyone. I don't drink soda anymore but I knew I could dig up a PET bottle. Let's see how this goes!
Look to the right and you'll see what it's all about. Once the bottle is empty and clean, the green top of the Petomato replaces the cap. In several weeks a tomato plant grows from the top. The roots grow out of the red bottom, drinking water from the bottle. Keep the bottle full and you're in good shape!
Petomato is distributed in the United States by Kagan Unlimited but was originally developed in Japan by Takuya Hasegawa. He came to Osaka seeking fame and fortune as a musician but soon found himself working in a garden shop and plant nursery called Market of Green.
One day, his boss encouraged Hasegawa to get creative: make something new. Hasegawa hoped to introduce gardening to people who are not interested in it. (That's me!) He wanted to show us that gardening is fun. Also, Hasegawa wanted to educate children. He wanted to show them plants in action: leaves, stems and roots. Petomato was born.
What's so great about Petomato?
The reasons to love Petomato are endless. First, it's cheap. Everything you need comes in the package (well, except for the bottle). Gardening can get expensive very quickly, especially in the beginning. Also, Petomato is easy. There's no sweating, no dirt under the fingernails and no gardening tools. What makes it great for me is that it doesn't take up a lot of space. I live in a small apartment but I can make room for a bottle.
Don't like tomatoes? No problem! For now there are only three plants: tomato, basil and habanero. In Japan you'll find even more that grow just as easily. These are peppermint, lemon balm, basil, strawberry, perilla, arugula, parsley, edamame, habanero and, of course, tomato. Oh, don't worry, I'll keep you posted when new ones come!
Petomato has something for everyone.
In the last few years, when Westerners think of Japan, they think weird and crazy. This video milks that while introducing the Petomato. Take a look. It's only two minutes but hold on to your seats!