MYPODlife:Hydroponice Systems dec 07, 2006 MYPODlife:Hydroponice Systems by Freya Bardell from usa designer's own words: MYPODlife is a living wall kit. Heat formed Corian pods connect together to form a customizable wall using a simple pin mechanism. Pods can be stand alone or attached to existing walls. MYPODlife: Hydroponic System MYPODlife: Mechanics MYPODlife: Surface Styles Freya Bardell 5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants As the outdoor season approaches, many homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts look for ways to control mosquitoes. With all the publicity about the West Nile virus, mosquito repelling products are gaining in popularity. But many commercial insect repellents contain from 5% to 25% DEET. There are new DEET-free mosquito repellents on the market today which offer some relief to those venturing outdoors in mosquito season. Here are five of the most effective mosquito repelling plants which are easy to grow in most regions of the US: 1. Citronella is the most common natural ingredient used in formulating mosquito repellents. Citronella is a perennial ‘clumping’ grass which grows to a height of 5 – 6 feet. Gardening centers usually sell citronella as small plants in pots, ready to transplant to a larger pot or into raised garden beds on the ground. When purchasing citronella, look for the true varieties, Cybopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Aquaponics A small, portable aquaponics system. The term aquaponics is a blend of the terms aquaculture and hydroponic agriculture. Aquaponics (/ˈækwəˈpɒnɪks/) refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In normal aquaculture, excretions from the animals being raised can accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity. As existing hydroponic and aquaculture farming techniques form the basis for all aquaponic systems, the size, complexity, and types of foods grown in an aquaponic system can vary as much as any system found in either distinct farming discipline. History Woodcut from the 13th century Chinese agricultural manual Wang Zhen's Book on Farming (王禎農書) showing rice grown in a floating raft planter system (架田, lit "framed paddy") in a pond Aquaponics has ancient roots, although there is some debate on its first occurrence:
Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life (9781617230028): Marcus Wohlsen How to Build a Homemade Hydroponics System: 17 steps Different plants prefer different concentration of nutrients. Growing different plants with similar requirements will help ensure the best growth. The concentration of nutrients is measured as Conductivity Factor (CF). The more nutrients dissolved in the solution, the more conductive it becomes. Beans - CF 18-25Beetroot - CF 18-22Broccoli - CF 18-24Brussels Sprouts - CF 18-24Cabbages - CF 18-24Capsicum - CF 20-27Carrots - CF 17-22Cauliflower - CF 18-24Celery - CF 18-24Cucumbers - CF 16-20Leeks - CF 16-20Lettuce - CF 8-12Marrows - CF 10-20Onions - CF 18-22Peas - CF 14-18Potatoes - CF 16-24Pumpkin - CF 18-24Radish - CF 16-22Spinach - CF 18-23Silverbeet - CF 18-24Sweetcorn - CF 16-22Tomatoes - CF 22-28
colorful d-i-y shipping pallet planters (w safe paints info) photo: stacy k floral Innovative uses for shipping pallets continue: here a play on shipping pallet gardens, painted bright colors and hung on a wall. In a post we wrote about how-to transform a shipping pallet into a vertical, layered garden, some readers brought up the question of food-safe paints for pallets that will house herbs, greens, nasturtiums and other edible plants. Here’s what she found out: Milk paint is fine to use on raised beds. …like these strawberry plants nestled into a blue-painted pallet. mynjgarden.com Thanks Kate! Via Unconsumption Related posts: d-i-y shipping pallet vertical gardenportable milk crate farm (d-i-y), for roof, terrace, lotpallet love: 150+ shipping pallet d-i-y’s (in 3:20 secs)windowfarms for apartment farmers: opensource brilliancethe scoop on safe shipping pallets (shipping pallets 101)book giveaway: the hip girl’s guide to homemaking
10 Plants That Repel Garden Insect Pests 10 Plants That Repel Garden Insect Pests Please be sure to Join our email list and receive all our latest and best tutorials daily – free! Background photo – Yummifruitbat (Wikipedia) lic. under CC 2.5 We’ve been doing some research into plants that repel pests and have compiled a list of 10 plants that can be planted together with other plants as a simple form of insect control. The idea of selecting plants for insect control is not a new one – and is part of the overall subject of companion planting. As time passes by, it seems that more and more people are getting concerned (rightly!) Another of the ironies of the use of insecticides is that not only do they kill the “bad insects” (the ones that eat crops), but they also wipe out “good insects” – the ones that feed on the bad insects! Companion planting for insect control can work in two ways a) plants that deter the pests and b) plants that attract the “good insects” that eat the ones that harm the plants. Marigold Borage Carrots Dill Sage
DWC (Deep Water Culture) Questions and Answers - Just For Growers Hydroponics, in its purest form, is also referred to as Deep Water Culture or DWC for short. No substrate growing media is required. The plants' roots literally dangle straight into water. What is DWC / Water Culture? DWC is the practice of growing plants in aerated water. Single vs. Single stand-alone systems are fairly cheap to buy and even more popular for DIY enthusiasts. However, get it right and the growth rates and yields possible are astounding. Roots exploding out of a net pot, lifted out of this DWC hydroponics system just a few weeks after installation. Q: What types of nutrients and additives work in DWC? A: Mineral based nutrients. Q: Can I use beneficial biology in DWC systems? A: This question divides DWC growers. Check out the bubbles in this central bucket - called an "epicenter" - it's the perfect place to make pH adjustments without having to disturb plants. Q: Are there any specific pH and EC / TDS requirements for DWC? Keep EC / TDS on the low side. A: 62-68°F (17-20°C).
In case of emergency (gear for this one or the next) We made sure we had most things on FEMA’s general list, except for things you’d already have like canned food and plastic bags. You should really check out FEMA’s website, because it’s not just about having a bunch of gear ready—it’s about preparing buildings and knowing how to get a hold of your loved ones and planning ahead of problems. (People in flood areas should have materials to construct sandbags, while people in earthquake zones should add braces to their foundations to resist seismic activity, for example.) Table of Contents 12V to 110V car inverter (plus USB) — $22 This 150 watt inverter has two USB ports (one is high-powered) and an AC plug. Athena Soladyne 7-inch mini solar lantern — $21 The Eton FRX3 above includes a solar panel, hand crank and an LED flashlight among its many other functions, but if you’re stuck without electricity, you’ll want another light to provide ambient illumination. Bear Grylls survival tool pack — $50 Cheap batteries — $12 Update: I hate these!
The Urban Aquaculture Manual The Urban Aquaculture Manual by Jonathan Woods Sponsored by Heifer Project Internationalwith assistance from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Table Of Contents Chapter One: Urban Aquaculture Chapter Two: Simple Recirculuation System Chapter Three: An Aquaponic System Chapter Four: Resources Chapter One Aquaculture is a type of animal-based agriculture that can be practiced in small spaces. This manual provides some basic knowledge about aquaculture. Raising fish in the city is not for everyone. Advantages 1. 2. 3. 4. Disadvantages 1. 2. 3. 4. There are two types of costs to think about when you decide to build a system, construction costs and maintenance costs. Note that some of the materials that you need can be obtained for free or at a low price. The reason that you are thinking about building a system is because of the benefits you will get. The value of the fish and plants that you grow is higher if you eat them yourself. The first thing you should do is read this manual through.
Waste Not Want Not: An adaptable green wall made using recycled materials Green walls do make it easy to add a touch of greenery to an urban setting which is equally beautiful as well. However, creating a green wall isn’t necessarily a green affair with all sorts of harmful and sometimes toxic materials going into the building process. Designer Blake Chamberlain has made sure that his grow wall is just as green on the inside as it is on the outside. Chamberlain’s grow wall project, called the “Waste Not Want Not”, is made using discarded plastic water bottles and wooden pallets salvaged from the installation’s abandoned site in Ontario. Aiming to make a powerful statement that demonstrates the importance of recycling and reuse, the project sees the creation of a dynamic green wall from scrap. Via: Inhabitat
Innovative New Irrigation System Could Help Solve Problems for Isolated Communities Permaculture Research Institute - Permaculture Forums, Courses, Information & News Measured irrigation at Prospect Community Garden In developed nations, at least in the cities and most towns, we take it for granted that when we turn on a tap, water will flow…. When we flip a switch, electricity springs to our command. However this is not the reality for many communities around the world, where water is from non-mains sources and electricity may be non-existent. Conventional automatic irrigation systems are designed to operate with pressurised water from the mains, and are run by mains electricity, and because of this are not suited to implementation in areas where these are not available, whether due to being in an isolated location, or one without the financial ability to install such infrastructure as mains water and power. Dr. Measured Irrigation pump is operated by solar panels Measured irrigation operates on the principle of evaporation, and activates in direct response to weather conditions. Birdbath controller Introduction to Measured Irrigation Video Dr.
GENERAL HYDROPONICS: pH Dynamics And Adjustment Answer: pH is the measure of acidity/alkalinity of a solution. Answer: Specifically, pH is a measure of the hydronium ion H3O+. It is based on a logarithmic scale from 0 to 14. Answer: The ideal pH range for most hydroponic crops is between 5.5 and 6.5. Answer: pH is important because it affects availability and absorption of several of the 16 atomic elements needed for plant growth. Answer: pH is adjusted by using an acid to lower it or an alkali to raise it. Answer: Short-term solutions include citric acid (which degrades in solution) or sulfuric acid made for car batteries. Answer: When first starting out it is a good idea to measure the pH of your water every day, until you get a feel for your system. Answer: Start out with one milliliter per gallon. Answer: The easiest way is to continue adding pH Up.