Starting a Smart Indoor Garden

What’s at stake?  Are you providing life support or inadvertently executing a death sentence?  Are you improving the system, or adding more dependencies?

Bigger than a window herb garden but smaller than a greenhouse?

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A basic, low-cost, reliable, indoor garden is a controlled environment typically in the form of a tent inside a room, inside a garage.  You have one or two AC-powered ventilation fans, recirculating and/or one is the intake and the other is the exhaust.  You have two super bright fluorescent lamps connected to a mechanical/digital timer controlled AC outlet providing the plants with their appropriate light-cycle.  Your plants are contained in soil, or a basic deep water culture hydroponics system. A large plastic reservoir with multiple grow baskets containing clay pellets partially submerged in the nutrient solution being aerated by an aquarium-style air-pump that’s connected to an air-stone, creating bubbles, preventing stagnation, keeping the culture healthy. 

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small hydro garden setup

 

temp humidity display

 

An inexpensive household digital temperature and humidity gauge provides daily readouts including minimums and maximums.

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The next “smart” enhancement can be to use a temperature controlled AC outlet for at least one of the fans helping to keep the temperature and humidity in range while reducing the power consumption being used by a continuously operating fan motor.

 

 

Next Up:  Digging Deeper into Indoor Gardening

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