Windowfarming – doing it ourselves

Inspired by all the awesome videos about windowfarming, we decided to try to build one ourselves. This post will show exactly how we build our windowfarm and what we used to build it. We spend a couple of days researching how to build it, and day shopping and constructing it. Pictured below are all the things we used, a shopping list and a walk-through of our process.All the parts needed to build a windowfarmShopping list:

  • Leca nuts (Clay pellets) from Silvan – 37 kr
  • 2l water bottles from Føtex – 50 kr
  • Nylon string – 40 kr
  • Plumbers tape (Teflon tape) from Silvan – 30 kr
  • Extension cord/outlet from silvan – 29 kr
  • Timer from Silvan – 100 kr
  • Air pump Sera Precision air 275 R plus, including a t-valve and two one-way valves from the local petstore – 249 kr
  • Air tubes 7 meters from the lokal petsore – 56 kr
  • 4 test plants from the local super market – 60 kr
  • Soil for planting seedlings – 15 kr
  • seeds – 180 kr

Other supplies

  • Hooks (bought for another project)
  • Black spray paint (from an earlier project)
  • Scissors
  • A sharpie
  • Knife
  • A tiny greenhouse for growing seedlings, bought earlier

All in all the costs run up to about 850 kr / 140 $

Process

We decided to build a cross between Windowfarm version 1. and Windowfarm version 3. Using an aquarium air pump and a t-valve to raise the water up to the top of the system. Holding the structure up with hooks in the ceiling and the bottles suspended below in nylon string.

  1. We emptied (drank) the contents of the water bottles and cut out holes for the plant and for putting the bottles together. 
  2. We removed the test plants from their pots and tested the pots fit into our water bottle containers
  3. The fitting was a succes, and we then turned the pots into net-cups using scissors, to make sure the water would flow easily around in the system 
  4. We painted the bottles below the hole for the plant on what used to be the top part of the bottle outside on the balcony. The point of painting the bottom part of the bottle, is to ensure that the roots of the plant wont be exposed to sunlight, making them grow leaves and become branches instead of roots.
  5. After the paint job was done, we let the bottle dry thoroughly outside, to minimize the fumes. The bottle on the left is going to be the water reservoir. It is painted all over, except for a line that reveals the water level, in order to minimize algae growth
  6. Then we cut holes in all the bottle caps and inserted small pieces of tube, to lead the water from bottle to the next without making a splashy mess.
  7. Using string and the hooks in the ceiling, we used the bottom bottle, the water reservoir as leverage. The four other bottles would use this as their base.
  8. We cut four holes in the side of the other bottles and wowed the string in and out between the bottles, in order to keep them in place – bottle centipiede!
  9. Then we attached air pump via tubes, the two one-way valves and the t-valve. Ensuring that air could not get into the reservoir and that water could not reach the pump.
  10. Before adding the plants, we rinsed the soil from the roots and washed the leca nuts, so the dirt and soil wouldn’t clog up the system 
  11. And then there was a windowfarm!!
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Windowfarming – research and inspiration

Since reading an article on windowfarming in the danish newspaper Politikken.dk, I’ve been very intrigued by the concept of window farming. The idea is explained in the TED talk below, by Britta Riley of windowfarms.org

The Polikken article featured Jakob Lange of windowfarms.dk and his aesthetically pleasing and slightly advanced windowfarm, as seen in the youtube video below:

The point of the project is that everyone should be able to construct a windowfarm, no matter of budget or skills. The video below, by Mayra Cimet, shows the most basic version and that it is possible to put it together in a matter of hours, using very few resources.

Another point of the project is that it is open-source and community based. Meaning that lots of people from all over the world build their own version, test them, share their experiences and advice, and all in all contribute to the hive-mind of windowfarming. The video below is another one that has greatly inspired me.

To be continued…

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Pas på ma-kasse.dk, de er nye i webtrafikken

Som nyuddannet, uden det første job linet op, møder man dagpengesystemet, jobnet og alle de andre rødder. Dette møde, kan fra et brugervenligheds standpunkt, godt være lidt en blandet fornøjelse.

Nedenfor ses et udsnit fra MAs kontaktformular, hvor man kan uploade dokumenter direkte til Magistrenes A-kasse, i forbindelse med møder og andet. Det største problem med denne boks er at knapperne “nulstil” og “send”, så lige ved siden af hinanden. Man kan spørge sig selv hvornår det nogensinde er nødvendigt at nulstille et enkelt felt? Når det er sagt, hvorfor er den placeret lige ved siden af send, bare at have spredt dem til hver sin side af det lysegrå felt, ville have været en forbedring. Alternativt kunne forskellige farver have hjulpet med at gøre brugeren opmærksom, på de to knappers markandt forskellig funktion. Jævnfør læseretningen i den vestlige verden, vil det være nærliggende at vælge knappen til venstre, hvis man som bruger ikke får set sig ordentligt for.

Min anden anke er knap så problematisk som den første. Hvorfor er der både brug for en “choose file” og en “vedhæft fil” (Og hvorfor har det kun lykkes at gøre noget af systemet dansk og ikke det hele?). En bedre løsning havde været hvis man valgte og vedhæftede filen samtidig, chancen for at brugeren af denne meget specialiserede kontaktboks uploader alle mulige tilfældige filer er meget lille, og så længe der er en “fjern fil” knap, er der jo alligevel ingen ko på isen.

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Efter en mindre slåskamp med denne “tilføj fil” enhed, lykkedes det at sende de rigtige filer afsted og historien endte lykkeligt…. lige indtil kvitteringsskærmbilledet kom frem:

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Stop-motion crochet and knitting!

Chrochet

Knitting

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Everything is a remix

Just yesterday I was made aware of the very interesting video-series “Everything is a remix“! Kirby Ferguson, argues in his video-series that nothing is original, but rather that everything is the product of copying, transformation and combination. The concept is not new, but somehow it is amazing to see it spelled out like this!

part I

Everything is a Remix Part 1 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Part II

Everything is a Remix Part 2 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

part III

Everything is a Remix Part 3 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

part IV – System failure

Everything is a Remix Part 4 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

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