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DIY IKEA Shelf In-Home Aquaponics - Planted Space

DIY IKEA Shelf In-Home Aquaponics - Planted Space
Dubbed "Malthus," this Ikea-hacked project by Conceptual Devices pieces together a 100g fish tank, plastic grow beds, a pump and piping onto an IKEA Broder shelf, with wheels. Malthus is designed to be an in-home unit, and to grow one meal a day, a portion of fish with a side of salad. If you don't know yet, aquaponics is basically hydroponics + fish in a sustainable loop. Forming the width of two small refrigerators, this in-home aquaponics system is designed for "the next generation kitchen or living room," hoping to grow food right next to where you cook it. All elements of the unit can be found in home improvement stores, the shelf and structure are from IKEA, the water pump, LED strips, mechanical timer, and tubing can be found readily in any retail chain. Malthus #01 was built late last year for the Nordic Environmental Social Sciences Conference, and now sits in the Zurich office of Conceptual Devices. Have your own DIY aquaponics setup you'd like to share with us? Related:  GardenAquaponicsHome Improvement

How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden Good news and bad news. I had planned to film a short video showing you how to make a pallet garden, but the weather didn’t cooperate. I was stapling the landscape fabric onto the pallet when it started drizzling and got really windy. So keep reading my pallet loving friends, instructions on how to make your own pallet garden are just a few lines away… Find a Pallet The first thing you need to do is–obviously–find a pallet. Don’t just take the first pallet you find. Collect Your Supplies For this project, you’ll need the pallet you found, 2 large bags of potting soil, 16 six packs of annual flowers (one six pack per opening on the face of the pallet, and two six packs per opening on the top of the completed pallet garden), a small roll of landscape fabric, a staple gun, staples, and sand paper. Get Your Pallet into Shape Once you’ve dragged your pallet home, give it a once over. Let the Stapling Begin! Lay the pallet face down. Now for the sides. Now for the Fun Part–Planting!

Fabriquez votre insecticide maison bio ! Les insecticides répulsifs naturels pour diffuseur et vapo.. Voici les huiles essentielles à mettre dans votre diffuseur ou à vaporiser dans la maison et dans vos placards : action répulsif. Insecticides naturels à pulvériser au jardin.. CONTRE LES PUCERONS : - insecticide à l'ail : faire bouillir 1 litre d'eau, versez-la bouillante sur 4 gousses d'ail broyées. * Pour toutes ces recettes, il est important d'utiliser des produits naturels et bio, pour protéger votre environnement et les plants de votre jardin. 1 MILLION Pounds of Food, 10,000 Fish & 500 yards of Compost on 3 Acres of Land! | Off Grid World | Page 2 Imagine growing your own food on your own land, but also enough food to feed your entire neighborhood. Growing Power does just that. They’re able to grow 1 Million pounds of food, year round. Will Allen came up with the aquaponics system and uses compost to heat the greenhouses. Using Will Allen’s methods, anyone can grow enough food per acre (333,333 pounds per acre) annually that you could not only feed your family, but all your neighbors too! 1 MILLION pounds of organically grown food10,000 fish300-500 yards worm compost3 acres of land in green housesGrow all year using heat from compost piles.Using vertical space

Easy Aquaponics from "mostly" re-purposed materials What really prompted this project was the fact I was getting very tired of the fire ants getting into my raised beds. After losing much of my crops to ants, I decided I was going to grow in water via hydroponics. Then, I learned about Aquaponics and it was on. Thanks to the help of my son, all of the 6" screws were taken out of these timbers, we cut them to size and ultimately built a smaller version for the tank and used some of the pieces for legs and supports on the grow bed. It is worth noting that we were able to reuse most of the screws that came out of the timbers as well so I did not have to buy any. The size of my grow bed and the size of my tank were based on mathematical calculations made by me based on the amount of pond liner I had available to me.

Metal barrel cupboard Beautiful work by the German Team of Lockengeloet (St pauli, Hamburg). They take metal barrels and transform them to make these stunning cupboard they call “Schrank”. Sold here for 399 euros (french) ++ Lockengeloet DIY Vertical Garden | How To Start | Gardening Tips ‘n Ideas A DIY Vertical Garden Example Ever since coming across Patrick Blanc’s vertical garden I’ve been interested to observe how this technology might transform the home gardening scene. I mean, it’s only a matter of time before we begin running out room for gardens to grow on a horizontal plane. For most home gardeners the concept isn’t a new one. The reason: Whereas all our other vertical gardening exploits centred around plants being grounded in the soil, the vertical garden has absolutely no dependency on the ground. But for most home gardeners, Patrick Blanc and his artworks are far beyond the comprehension and resources available to them. However, as we have already experienced with increasing gas prices our conservative views of the world may need to change. So, here’s a challenge for us all – myself included. A few helpful links to get your DIY Vertical Garden started The basics of a DIY Vertical Garden The frame is basically the support for the vertical garden. Conclusion

Comment élever des poules ? Peu contraignant, rentable, ludique et écologique, l’élevage des poules est sans doute l’un des premiers pas vers le retour à la nature. Traditionnel s’il en est puisque 70 % des familles françaises avaient un poulailler avant l’exode rural, cet élevage vous apportera d’énormes satisfactions pour bien peu d’investissements en temps ou en argent. Aubonsens se propose de donner les fondamentaux pour conduire un petit élevage familial avec succès. Pourquoi élever des poules ? Pour l’économie Les oeufs Un œuf de qualité acceptable se vend 30 centimes pièce [1]. La viande Du poulet industriel « élevé hors UE » au poulet de plein air certifié agriculture biologique, le prix varie entre 3 et 12 € par kilo. Pour l’écologie Les déchets En une année, chaque français produit 400 kilos de déchets qui seront apparemment taxés d’ici 2014. Les conditions d’élevage des animaux de l’industrie Plus de 8 œufs sur 10 sont produits par des élevages d’intérieur en batteries ou en volières. Pour la qualité de vie

Simple Aquaponics System for Growing Your Own Food & Fish At Home This aquaponics system is different than most. It’s a scaled down version of the system Will Allen over at Growing Power Inc uses to grow 1 Million pounds of food on his 3 acre farm in Milwaukee, WI. The whole system uses just a single pump and uses very little energy to pump nutrient rich water up to the gravel bed on top for filtration. The upper bed is slightly angled so the water can slowly drain down to the second bed below. This system is scalable and will produce a large amount of food in a very small space when compared with traditional row cropping. This system has almost unlimited potential yield, and scalability. Also, this system can be housed in a greenhouse for year-round growing. So, what are you waiting for? Image: Comments comments

Micro Aquaponics Plans Aquaponics is becoming more and more popular and many people want to build their own system. Aquaponics integrates fish, plants and microbes into a sustainable and ecologically balanced food production system. This project will show you how to build your very own system using commonly available components from IKEA and your local hardware store. Anyone can set up their own system in an afternoon and start experiencing the pleasure of building their own little ecosystem! This is a basic set-up so please do make sure that you follow up with learning how to manage your new system and to look after the fish, the plants and the bacteria. Japan Aquaponics offers a growing amount of informational guides for anyone who is interested in aquaponics. Japan Aquaponics is a social enterprise set up to develop aquaponics, and particularly to promote its use in Tohoku - one of the areas worst affected by the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan in March of 2011. Step 1 Notes: Continued on Page 2

10 DIY Sinks and Vanities (and a Tub and Shower Too!) posted Categories: DIY Turning bowls into vessel sinks, and dressers into vanities aren't new ideas, but the difference is that the people that are in this article did it right. Also in our list are some ideas that might serve as inspiration for the next big thing in bathroom fixture re-purposing. Jill bought a bamboo $20 bowl at World Market and turned it into a lovely vessel sink. She wrote up a how-to 5 months after its installation, just to make sure it held up. Ginger used a resin bowl to make her vessel sink. An IKEA Hacker turned a $15 BLANDA BLANK salad bowl into a vessel sink. From industrial to farmhouse, this galvanized steel turned laundry tub is so charming it hurts. Instructabler CaptainJester tells us how he turned this dresser... into this bathroom vanity:

Learn to Grow Plants and Food With Beginner Garden Projects @Scott Gardner: Head over to Cornell university's web site for everything you need to know about specific plants. They'll give you the soil requirements, optimum amounts of light, soil temperatures, watering schedule etc for most of your basic garden plants. Next, review your soil condition. Soil consistency is also very important. There are a million gardening books on BitTorrent and NewsGroups, ranging from the Idiot's guides, to the required texts for doctoral studies in agriculture and biochemistry. YouTube, Instructables, HowCast and other how-to sites will walk you through pretty much everything. Contact your extension office, they'll give you tips relative to your geographic location. Remember, you don't need to stop at Vegetables. Good luck.

66 Things You Can Grow At Home: In Containers, Without a Garden" Growing your own food is exciting, not only because you get to see things grow from nothing into ready-to-eat fruits and veggies, but you also don't have to worry about the pesticides they might contain, and you definitely cut down on the miles they—and you—have to travel. As it turns out, with pretty minimal effort, anyone can be a gardener. My boyfriend and I are essentially first-timers this season and so far have the beginnings of strawberries peeking out, tomatoes are on their way, the basil's about ready for a big batch of pesto, and once the last frost hits, the peppers, kale, spinach, chard, and mesclun will be on their way, too. WATCH VIDEO: World's Greenest Homes: Rooftop Garden If you're up to the challenge—and it really isn't much of one—growing your own food can be so rewarding. Here's a starter list of all the crazy things even urban gardeners, without space for a garden, can grow at home. Tree fruits - including apples 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Citrus fruits 10. 11. 12. 13.

Simple DIY Aquaponic System Made With Barrels Setting up a decent-sized aquaponic system does not have to be complicated or expensive. Using a few easily-attainable materials, you can build a barrel system similar to this one built in China. The builders had to get creative in implementing this design due to lack of materials in the area, but the end result is an extremely efficient, highly productive system. The plants are grown in a clay aggregate in barrels cut in half. The fish are in a barrel at the bottom of the system. This system can easily be expanded upon, as seen in this beautiful, larger setup installed at an area school. The system is extremely low maintenance, requiring only daily feeding of the fish.

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