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Old June 7, 2016   #1
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Default IKEA launching hydroponic kitchen garden kits

★IKEA launching hydroponic kitchen garden kits

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http://www.dezeen.com/2016/05/03/ike...-krydda-vaxer/

LAST YEAR, IKEA surveyed 8,500 people in eight cities around the world, to better understand their kitchen habits. The results of that survey are published in the company’s second annual Life at Home Report. Among the more interesting findings was the fact that 60 percent of survey participants grew plants indoors, be they vegetables or flowers. Gardening was more common in Shanghai, where the number is 75 percent.

It’s no surprise, then, that Shanghai is where Ronnie Runesson, a senior product developer at Ikea, came up with the company’s new line of indoor gardening kits. Runesson, who is Swedish and has worked at Ikea for 33 years, recently spent three years in the company’s Shanghai office. While in Shanghai★he visited with other product suppliers, and saw several small, indoor units where office workers grew★their own lettuces and herbs. Runesson, whose parents were farmers, was intrigued. He did some market research and found similar products in Japan and China, but none for purchase in countries like Sweden or the United States. So he brought the idea to Ikea. Ikea adapted the concept, and the Krydda/Växer line of small-scale hydroponic gardening kits was born. It’s available now in the UK, and will make its way stateside early next year.

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The Krydda/Växer kits include a handful of parts: seeds, a frame, an LED light that mimics the sun, and two trays. The first houses moistened, stone wool plugs; the second, water-retaining pumice stones. Seeds implanted in the stone wool plugs eventually sprout. After that, the seeds and plugs get repotted into new vessels, along with the pumice stones. Users water the plants evenly with a small irrigation system. Seven months later, the newly grown herbs, lettuce, bok choy, and chard—Ikea’s initial offering—can go directly from planter to plate.

Runesson wanted the system to be as simple as possible. He also wanted to ensure that people around the world could grow plants successfully at any time of year. He and his team consulted with scientists at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences to create a universally viable growing kit, which, in this case, means a starter pack of 12 seeds and some appropriate fertilizer. The LED lighting, too, needed to work for all kinds of climates, kitchen sizes, and sun exposure.

Ikea is paying special attention to the idea that, in the future, people will have to adapt to living in smaller apartments in urban environments. To explore that idea, last year Ikea partnered with Ideo to create a concept kitchen for the year 2025. The prototypes for near-future living included a smart table that uses augmented reality to assist cooking, inductive cooling containers, and a composting system that siphons off nutrients from waste to feed indoor plants. The Krydda/Växer kits aren’t that high-tech, but they are a step in the direction of sustainable city living. Besides, it’s only 2016. We’ve still got nine years to get to that AR kitchen table.
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Did you see this Ikea Grow Kit on MSN?

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Did you see this Ikea Grow Kit on MSN?

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/money/techn...cid=spartandhp

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Did you see this Ikea Grow Kit on MSN?

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/money/techn...cid=spartandhp
I like it but where would you put it?
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Old February 24, 2017   #5
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In an exhibition, of course.

Seriously, I know of several groups in town that would love to have one of these in their small outdoor areas--until the plywood delaminated and the whole thing was destroyed by weather...
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Oh dear...well...i could use the extra self space

17 sheets of plywood. Marine grade would hold up for a bit. Might be a nice school
project. Under a skylight and maybe on casters to rotate and move around.

A few elementary schools in NY/NJ have grow walls full of herbs and salad.
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Well, let's see, I actually have quotes for marine grade plywood here for other laser and CNC projects I'm doing, so at $60/8x4 sheet x 17 sheets = $1020 + hardware and cutting costs--it'll run $1500 or so, unassembled, before you add media, lights (you caught that it needed lights for the shaded shelves, right?), power accessories, and plant material. Watering it without making a mess would be an issue indoors, though.

It might be in someone's budget. If someone actually did this, I'd love to see pictures and hear about their experience with it.

Maybe they'll make a mark II version that combines the hydroponics of the original post...
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This looks like a great product.
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You could likely get a local craftsman to build something similar of much better quality for the same price. Cool that people have another option though.
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