Category Archives: Week Fourteen

Week Fourteen – Detail Drawings

Here are my detail drawings that I submitted along with my SolidWorks model on CD:

A1 Detail Drawings

I also created a drawings file containing each part to ensure thoroughness throughout my FYP:

A3 Full Drawings

Please note that the submitted versions did not contain the watermark.

Week Fourteen – Research Report (Digital Copy)

I was debating whether or not to upload my final Research Report as it is merely a summary of the first half of this Blog with some iterations, but it would be a great place to keep a copy of it for safekeeping:

FYDP_Research_Report_final

Week Fourteen – Proof of Concept

I have some very good news in relation to the actual growing abilities of my product. When the environment is recreated for testing purposes, it works!

As you can see, the pot depths and space are the same here as in my final model:

I planted seeds and watered them regularly and set them against the window, exactly as my product would be used, and the seeds began to germinate. After the first few weeks, here is the result:

After some time, there came a lull in the growing speed, and some plants began to wither. But this is perfectly normal according to my research, so I had to go and separate the weak plants from the stronger ones. Once I had completed this, I left the stronger ones grow in the same plant pot.

Now, week fourteen, the plants are thriving:


I also took it upon myself to grow some turnips in a deeper pot, which would also be part of my product, and they are growing very healthy.

The plants grown are lettuce, radish and turnip.

Overall, I’m very pleased with these results, as it means the space allocated to them is perfectly adequate. I was debating whether or not to shrink them down in order to give myself more freedom with the aesthetic, but in the end, I need to design something that will give the users what the want. A functional product is, according to my research, what the users wanted. I had to keep costs low, and in doing so, the overall functional aesthetic was maintained almost more as a necessity than a choice. However in the end, it works, and it works well.

Week Fourteen – Useful Links Throughout FYP

As the project is nearing completion, I thought it best to submit a post containing some of the links that I found to be very useful during my FYP:

http://www.allotment.org.uk/grow-your-own

http://www.gardenstew.com/about7799.html

https://www.quickcrop.ie/

http://www.home-vegetablegarden.com/

http://www.plantingvegetables.net/starting-a-home-vegetable-garden.html

https://www2.ucar.edu/atmosnews/news/2937/plants-play-larger-role-thought-cleaning-air-pollution

http://www.mongabay.com/reference/environment/Air_Cleaning.html

http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/air-cleaning-plants

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dypsis_lutescens

http://www.productdesignforums.com/topic/5742-my-dissertationfinal-year-project/page__p__35512__hl__gardening__fromsearch__1#entry35512

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeroponics

http://www.sacredearth.com/ethnobotany/plantsnpeople.php

http://www.northerngardening.com/images2007/potager.jpg

http://www.frenchgardening.com/p/PCp1.jpg

http://www.anntorrence.com/blog-images/at-images/potager_0990.jpg

http://www.gardenvisit.com/assets/madge/miromesnil_garden_potager/original/miromesnil_garden_potager_original.jpg

http://stonegate-gardens.com/images/potager/10potagergarden.jpg

http://www.gardeningtalk.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/gardening1.jpg

http://www.french-country-decor-guide.com/images/Potager-garden.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84zh7XL15n8&feature=player_embedded#!

http://lifehacker.com/5839068/turn-a-lamp-timer-into-an-aeroponichydroponic-gardening-controller

http://www.compostguy.com/indoor-gardening/aerogarden-hydroponics-for-dummies/

http://www.hydroponics.ie/

http://iofga.org/

http://progressivegardening.com/pgtaresourcesmediakits.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jun/04/nhs-depression-gardening

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1275

http://www.organic-trust.org/members/detail/organic_herb_company_martin_and_pritchard_ltd

http://www.youtube.com/user/hydroponicsgrowshop?v=LJlHjUOqBwA&feature=pyv&ad=6250692292&kw=hydroponics

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/memphis-teacher-ordered-to-dismantle-urban-garden.html

http://www.treehugger.com/slideshows/green-food/sustainable-garden-starter-kit-10-must-have-products-for-the-new-green-grower/

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20071116/BLOG15/71116001

http://www.jasons-indoor-guide-to-organic-and-hydroponics-gardening.com/hydroponic-system.html

http://www.simplyhydro.com/nutrient_problems.htm

http://organicgardening.about.com/od/vegetablesherbs/p/tomatocompanion.htm

http://www.jasons-indoor-guide-to-organic-and-hydroponics-gardening.com/homemade-hydroponics-2.html

http://www.gizmodiva.com/other_stuff/gabriela_mombachs_broto_aeroponic_plant_pot_is_a_great_concept.php

http://www.ecomposter.net/Lang1/products.aspx

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY-4Ly0_LXc&feature=related

http://greenhandsofaloha.com/product_info.php?products_id=975

http://harvesttotable.com/2009/05/common_vegetable_garden_proble/

http://www.smallkitchengarden.net/

http://www.timesplus.co.uk/tto/news/?login=false&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thetimes.co.uk%2Ftto%2Flife%2Fproperty%2Fgardens%2F

http://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/low-light-house-plants.html

http://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/10-house-plants-you-cant-kill.html

http://www.ivillage.com/top-10-indoor-plants/7-a-258925

http://herbgardens.about.com/od/indoorgardenbasics/a/GrowingIndoors.htm

http://herbgardens.about.com/od/troubleshooting/tp/10Mostcommonmistakes.htm

http://bob-ewing.hubpages.com/hub/Growing-Vegetables-Indoors

http://vegetablog.wordpress.com/2008/05/22/strawberry-pollination/

http://www.cigireland.com/index.aspx

http://www.instructables.com/id/Grow-vegetables-indoors-over-winter/

http://www.ehow.com/how_5797080_pollinate-strawberry-plants.html

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070130121339AAK6rOI

http://dornob.com/space-saving-pod-home-design-with-rotating-rooms/

http://www.bbg.org/gardening/article/potager/

http://sustainable.tamu.edu/newsletters/hortupdate/2010/may/potager.html

http://www.psychology.com/shop/index.php?crn=601&rn=205222&action=show_detail

http://www.bbg.org/gardening/category/kitchen_gardening/

http://lifehacker.com/5847512/can-i-move-my-garden-indoors-for-the-cold-season

http://www.hydroponics-at-home.com/

http://www.seedsavers.org/

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150317301692056.346104.14994122055&type=3

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=194794077218702&set=a.147444958620281.21930.100000643325507&type=1&ref=nf

http://www.bdgrowing.com/

http://guerrillagardening.org/community/index.php?board=25.0

http://www.core77.com/blog/architecture/an_empty_lot_becomes_a_riverpark_farm_in_nyc_20795.asp

http://www.wwuk.co.uk/grow.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_machines

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reed_bed

http://www.facebook.com/TuvieDesign

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/02/0227_030227_lotusmaterial.html

http://www.reading.ac.uk/Biomim/projects.htm

http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/msese/earthsysflr/desertP.html

http://www.discoverlife.org/nh/

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/04/biomimetics/tom-mueller-text/3

http://www.desertusa.com/du_plantsurv.html

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/03/pollinators/moffett-photography

http://inspirationgreen.com/green-roofs.html

http://www.biotech.ntnu.no/files/naeringsmiddelkjemi_E/

http://thewere42.wordpress.com/2009/08/04/greenroofs-can-save-cities-millions-of-gallons-of-water/

http://www.greenroof.se/?pid=32

http://www.advancednutrients.com/articles.php?articleID=108

http://gardening.about.com/od/gardenprimer/ss/Cuttings_3.htm

http://www.ecovillagefindhorn.com/findhornecovillage/biological.php

http://www.dpiw.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/webpages/bhan-54a8ca?open

http://www.vandanashiva.org/

http://content.cat.org.uk/index.php/woodland-low-carbon-land-use

http://www.bordnamona.ie/products/garden-care/

http://bluegrasscarnivores.com/

http://www.ipcc.ie/infosphagnum.html

http://www.irishwildflowers.ie/habitats/heath.html

http://www.irelandcalls.com/sphagnum-moss.html

http://www.articlesbase.com/gardening-articles/

http://bettergardeningtips.com/hydroponics-gardening

http://www.hydroponicsonline.com/blog/self-sustaining-hydroponics-syste

http://www.carbon.org/

http://www.progressivegardening.com/

http://www.ehow.com/hydroponic-gardens/

http://blogs.sweden.se/sustainability/

http://www.carbon-innovation.com/discussion/viewtopic.php?t=459&highlight=gardening

http://www.hydroponics.com/howtoinfo/hydroponics%20articles/index.html

http://www.odec.ca/projects/2005/lees5s0/public_html/

http://moringaoleifera.multiply.com/

http://www.cultivate.ie/learning-cultivatecentre-88889030/powerdown-cultivatecentre-88889124

http://esaiweb.org/

http://www.eco-web.com/cat/index.html

http://www.dfid.gov.uk/What-we-do/Research-and-evidence/case-studies/research-case-studies/2007/Gardens-for-life/

http://environmentalpillar.ie/?s=gardening

http://www.cityfarmer.org/roofttopmicrofarm.html

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/AikEZt/inhabitat.com/bosco-verticale-in-milan-will-be-the-worlds-first-vertical-forest/

http://scialert.net/fulltext/?doi=ajps.2009.375.379

http://www.motherearthnews.com/city-farming/six-ideas-for-small-space-gardening.aspx

http://www.mastergardenproducts.com/gardenerscorner/smallspacevegetablegardening.htm

http://www.idsketching.com/

http://www.dbcourt.co.uk/hydroponics/System%20_types.html

http://www.growingedge.com/basics/tutorial/03_water_culture.html

http://www.growingedge.com/basics/tutorial/05_lighting.html

http://www.led-grow-master.com/Hobby.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_ballast

http://www.growingedge.com/basics/growingtips.html

http://www.weedfarmer.com/cannabis/hydroponics_guide.php

https://www.google.ie/search?gcx=w&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=germinate+seeds+hydroponically

http://growingplantsindoors.com/grow-lights-for-indoor-plants/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutrient_film_technique

http://www.rollitup.org/hydroponics-aeroponics/35975-hydroponic-watering.html

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e0/2009-03-07_Rix_Dobbs%27_NFT_hydro_set-up.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hydroponic_onions_nasa.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydroponics

http://www.plantlightinghydroponics.com/hydroponics-drip-watering-c-35.html

http://io9.com/5858645/now-you-can-control-plants-with-your-iphone

http://www.easyhydroponics.net/

http://hydroponics123123.multiply.com/journal/item/21

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=G3QPo7lThXsC&lpg=PP1&dq=The%20forest-garden%20farms%20of%20Kandy%2C%20Sri%20Lanka.&pg=PA1#v=onepage&q&f=false

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_wall

http://www.instructables.com/id/Vertical-Garden-1/

http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/mauisoil/images/a_factor_ts02_clip_image001.gif

http://ohshub.com/five-ways-ergonomics-have-changed-our-lives/

http://hfesnem.org/articles_files/Ergonomics_for_the_aging_population.pdf

http://www.fastcodesign.com/

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/windowfarms/learn-to-grow-and-share-with-new-windowfarms

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/

http://www.neonica.eu/index.php?products=product&prod_id=125

http://organicgardening.about.com/od/vegetablesherbs/a/shadeveggies.htm

http://encyclopediahydroponica.wordpress.com/2008/05/17/diy-earth-box/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjY3C81zSZM&feature=youtu.be

http://askville.amazon.com/easiest-vegetables-grow-indoors/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=6833769

https://www.google.ie/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=capturing+rain+water

http://www.home-designing.com/2010/09/beautiful-shelf-designs-by-maria-yasko

http://inhabitots-v1.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/woodland-happy-tree-bookshelf-537×402.jpg

http://growfoodslowfood.blogspot.com/2012/01/finger-limes-citrus-caviar.html

http://www.wimp.com/saintbernards/

http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/Push-to-Connect-EMT-Conduit-Fittings-install-in-seconds-602383

http://www.westonbodyhardware.com/a16-push-button-lock-with-slam-action

http://www.hafele.co.uk/Hafele35a1/Templates/Hafele/Products.asp?param=5240&ig_id=30087

http://www.designassemblies.co.uk/product_detail_springsteel_031.htm

http://www.filmtools.com/veslsh.html

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/pull-down-shelves-12416/

http://www.loghome.com/modern-conveniences-built-into-refrigerators/

http://io9.com/5886280/lo+tech-designs-for-keeping-food-fresh-in-the-post+apocalypse

http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/greenbuilding/materials/

http://www.uie.com/articles/chak_interview/

http://appslabs.com.au/nutrients%20in%20soils.htm

http://gizmodo.com/5379661/flowereye-pot-examines-the-lightning-bolts-under-the-soil

http://www.designbuzz.com/indoor-garden-design-ideas-green-interiors.html

http://www.via.fr/fr/index.php

http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/80141708/

http://www.dlight.ie/leucos-vittoria-p2-c-wall-sconce-leucos-vittoriap2-cwallsconce.html

http://zainteriora.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/design-modern-radiators.jpg

http://www.furnitureclue.com/blog/even-more-cool-shelving.html

http://www.unstage.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/joryroth_sorapot_factory-620×465.jpg

http://www.designboom.com/contest/slideshow.php?contest_pk=40&item_pk=47290&p=1&KeepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=920&width=1035

https://dl.boxcloud.com/bc/1/12af8fd17f180fdfe187961c00d6f84e/JolueqOGpciD6dgYhecNBoVpYxkvmYe1ZLheZor6BF4DUBIelMQTkFwYIys3nIibNIIEHUp447tBZLaXDzIbNQ,,/cb6d25cc0349ec36a98f261a781999b8/

http://blog.ponoko.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/flosion2.jpg

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/when-to-water-plants.htm

http://www.seedsandmore.net/informationandtips.html

http://books.google.ie/books?id=DJiPPLMf_IMC&pg=PA214&lpg=PA214&dq=list+of+seeds+and+depths&source=bl&ots=FoNvaZiqie&sig=bUgBzqqWL31sXDXRLs-a6Twnsp4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OoBsT9P3G5OBhQfetoSgBw&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=list%20of%20seeds%20and%20depths&f=false

http://wheatdoctor.cimmyt.org/en/production-problems/list/50-planting-depth-and-method

http://depositphotos.com/2867400/stock-illustration-Collection-of-floral-banners.html

http://depositphotos.com/3575921/stock-illustration-Floral-banner-with-clover-leaves.html

http://static4.depositphotos.com/1020091/377/v/950/depositphotos_3777877-Autumn-leaves.jpg

http://depositphotos.com/3771864/stock-illustration-Autumn-leaves.html

http://depositphotos.com/6847543/stock-illustration-Autumn-leaves-background.-vector-banner.html

http://logos.co/designs/eco

 

These links too a very long time to gather and I hope that they may also serve as a base for those who may also be considering undertaking a project in this area.