The Aqua Oasis at the Farmers’ Market Annex.

The Aqua Oasis at the Farmers’ Market Annex.

Keep the soil moist all week, without over-watering? Yep.

Ensure that your lawn fertilizer and herbicide don’t leech into your tomatoes? Yep.

Harvest your tomatoes while you’re at work, and have them waiting on your kitchen counter when you arrive home?

Well, the Aqua Oasis won’t do that, but did I mention it keeps the soil moist all week, without over-watering?

A hydroponic system for the home gardener, the Aqua Oasis features several improvements over other systems. The patented design releases trapped water and prevents occasional over-watering from harming your plants’ roots. The flush-out system allows freshening up the water in the reservoir without removing the plants. The durable, reusable bucket acts as a natural barrier to pests, yet you can dress it up easily by slipping the entire set-up into a larger decorative pot.

I set my Aqua Oasis* on the deck, filled it with potting soil, and planted my favorite Thai chili pepper seedlings from the Hmongtown Marketplace. The planter easily handled half a dozen plants, providing hot peppers all summer long with minimal care.

After I purchase a second oasis, I’ll load it with chives, parsley, mint, and oregano and have my own self-maintaining herb garden.

*Disclosure: Although I was not financially compensated for this post, I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.