recently we’ve been working on hydroponic systems to build a indoor greenhouse. to test the system, we decided to build a beta version in the office. we received our aeroponic garden kit from http://www.idroponica.it/, and finally today we founded some time to mount a first prototype of an aeroponic indoor garden, which we called hydro-pod (version beta 1.0).
the idea is to produce a new appliance for domestic use. fridges keep food for long… washing machines keep clean dishes and clothes… televisions keep minds asleep… hydro-pods keep the air clean, absorb CO2, and even produce vegetable food… of course a single hydro-pod doesn’t make much, but if they were diffused in every family like tv sets are…
we mounted the hydro system in a 70x80x100 cm wooden box with a hole in the front (like a vintage tv monitor). the system is composed by a black abs basin (69x57cm), a little pump, pipes and little spinklers to bring water to the rooths. a LED panel (blu+orange+red) enlighten the growing room for 18 hours a day. the plants are irrigated every 2/3 hours automatically with water mixed with special nutrition solution. you have to take care of water ph and ec values, and to control light, humidity and ventilation.
purple LED light is cool, and… ok, we have to work on the design of the box… but, first of all, we want to understand how to make the system work properly!
we planted today three plants of basilic, three of myosotis and three of spinach… the cycle should last ten weeks… we’re monitoring!
“Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil or an aggregate medium (known as geoponics). The word “aeroponic” is derived from the Greek meanings of “aero” (air) and “ponos” (labour). Aeroponic culture differs from both conventional hydroponics and in-vitro (plant tissue culture) growing. Unlike hydroponics, which uses water as a growing medium and essential minerals to sustain plant growth, aeroponics is conducted without a growing medium. Because water is used in aeroponics to transmit nutrients, it is sometimes considered a type of hydroponics.” (wikipedia)