My plan for this project as of a couple of days ago was to make an automated mixed-drink dispenser. Unfortunately, considering unforeseen events I have made the decision to pivot. Many of the parts that I had ordered and was expecting to receive weeks ago, have been further delayed or canceled, and I also don’t think I am going to have the ability to accomplish the large-scale project I was anticipating.
My focus has instead pivoted to hydroponics. Hydroponics is a farming technique in which no soil is used. Plants can grow up to 100% faster and use about 1/10th the amount of water as normal plants. The technology has been around for decades, but is just now growing in popularity due to Elon Musk’s brother starting his company in Boston; Square Roots.
I grew up gardening with my family, and I’ve always wanted to start a garden here in Boulder. Unfortunately the seasons here are a lot less forgiving than those back in California. So with this project, I plan on constructing a hydroponics system that I can put in my living room.
Ive researched a number of DIY hydroponics systems, but I wouldn’t want any of these contraptions in my house.
One design that I found aesthetically pleasing was this one:
But that wouldn’t fit in my living room, so I plan on making a modified version. I like the simplicity of the PVC tubes, and aligning them vertically allows more plants to grow in a smaller floor space. Therefore, Im going to flatten this design and make it able to be mounted on my wall. Here is the plan:
There will be 4 4″ PVC tubes that are mounted horizontally on my wall. The tubes will have 3″ holes drilled in the top at 4″ spacing, and in those holes we will put cups that contain the plants. The water will be in a basin at the bottom, and will be pumped up to the top and trickle down, back into the basin.
Schedule wise, I don’t think this project will be incredibly complicated, and I think it is very reasonable to complete in less than a month. Here is what I currently plan:
I don’t expect most of these to take more than an hour or two.
The benefit of this project is that I can get everything I need from either Home Depot or amazon, and I don’t have to wait on 3rd party providers. I can complete this entire project from my home and without too much help. I am much more hopeful about completing this project than I was about the drink maker, and I’m ready to get going on it.