P.H.E.L.P.S. Mk 1




P.H.E.L.P.S. Mk 1

Originally uploaded by ted_major

After we moved into a new, wooded neighborhood 5 years ago, I’ve finally given up trying to grow a garden. Last summer we planted 3 tomato plants, and got one tomato, which a squirrel ate before it ripened. Now I’m having a go at indoor gardening.

Here’s the first prototype for an indoor garden box. I had some 3/4″ oak plywood leftover from a previous project, so I sized it to fit the materials I had on hand: 24″ wide, 24″ tall, 12″ deep. I’ve since enlarged the vent holes on the front by cutting between each outer pair of holes to create 2 wide ovals instead of 4 round holes. Inside I have 2 computer fans for ventilation. I’ll be using 2 CFL bulbs for lighting. 85-watt bulbs will fit and provide 8400 lumens, and I hope won’t run too hot. For now I’ve got a single basil plant rooting in a small hydroponic unit, but next I’ll be growing lettuce in a single deep-water culture hydroponic unit. For more details, see my Flickr hydroponics set.

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