Although it hasn’t officially hit the market yet (it’s slated for an early 2010 release), here’s a nifty grow-your-own-food-at-home solution designed for folks who have a few acres of land and for those who have just a few square feet of patio space: Eleanor’s Garden Container Gardening Kit.

The Eleanor's Garden DIY garden-in-a-box system was named after non other than greenthumbed First Lady/Michelle Obama inspirer  Eleanor Roosevelt ... she instituted the American Victory Garden on the White House lawn in 1943. This compact, portable play on Roosevelt’s victory garden comes with everything you need to start out in less than an hour: a 24” x 24” x 7” gardening bed with legs, a proprietary drainage system, dividers, soil, veggie seeds, and a watering cup. All you need to supply is the water.

 Here’s what the folks behind this perfect-for-beginners-with-minimal-space gardening solution have to say about EG:

Eleanor’s Garden container gardening system is the perfect solution to the barriers of community gardening. You can configure the garden beds to fit with your garden décor and plant your favorite varieties of flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables.
As families get busy and large row gardens become impractical for most people, container gardening provides people of all ages the opportunity to grow their own healthy fruits and vegetables. Imagine, coming home from work and preparing your own fresh dinner salad right from your patio.
Eleanor’s Garden lets you take your children or grandchildren by the hand and engage them in the miracles of plant growth. Many elderly people are saddened to lose their row gardens when downsizing to condos or apartments. Eleanor’s Garden provides an excellent solution, so that downsizing does not mean giving up the hobby you love. In fact, you will be surprised at how much you can grow in such a small space.
I’m intrigued. As an urban apartment dweller with minimal outdoor space (fire escapes and a roof) I’m always on the lookout for gardening systems that are small, efficient, and hassle-free. Eleanor’s Garden seems to totally fit the bill. What do you think? Although I can't find an estimated cost, do you think Eleanor's Garden would be a good investment?
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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

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Inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt's White House Victory Garden, Eleanor's Garden is an easy, breezy DIY container gardening system. Just add water.