How to Make Indoor Hydroponic Gardens Using IKEA Boxes

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Hey house and little space residents, here’s a simple DIY compact hydroponic indoor farm system you can make with repurposed off-the-shelf IKEA storage boxes.

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ELIOOO is not a product, it’s architect and designer Antonio Scarponi’s cleverly conceived and created user’s manual that teaches any metropolitan garden enthusiast how to build, run, and keep a choice of six otherwise sized and set up indoor hydroponic farms– from a small windowsill herb planter to a large mobile vertical garden.

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The Zurich-based designer’s interest in new ways of utilizing what we currently have, instead of producing new things, led him to design with readily-available IKEA items, offered nearly throughout the world as well as online, offering simple gain access to and the capability to calculate the cost.

After a successful Indigogo crowdfunding campaign last fall, Scarponi invested several months completing the style handbook which is now available for purchase as an ebook or a book.

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Three sizes of IKEA Trofast covers and containers are available in white and four other colors.

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Why Hydroponics?
Scarponi chose hydroponics for its ecological, practical, and design advantages. Hydroponics (growing plants in water rather of soil) utilizes 90% less water than standard soil systems, needs little area, and makes growing simple by giving users full control of the needed plant nutrients at each growing stage.

Busy on-the-go urbanites can appreciate too not having to stress about watering the plants. Scarponi, nevertheless, makes it clear that ELIOOO is not meant as a how-to guide to hydroponics or city farming, rather a Do It Yourself style handbook for developing basic hydroponic growing systems using IKEA elements.

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Non-Circulating and Distributing Systems
With casual hand-drawn step-by-step illustrations and handwritten text, ELIOOO demonstrates how to combine and adjust a variety of various hydroponics strategies for simple home usage. For growing small aromatic herbs, the non-circulating ELOOO # 4 module can host as much as 4 pots on a windowsill, kitchen counter, or tabletop. The larger non-circulating # 8 module holds up to eight pots and, utilizing IKEA Antonius wall uprights and brackets, can be set up as a green wall for easy vertical farming in any space.

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To accomodate larger leafy greens, cucumbers, eggplants, or tomatoes, the circulating hydroponic ELOOO # 30 can host as much as 30 plants, perfect for larger-scale indoor vertical farming. This particular system includes three connecting grow trays connected to two wall uprights over a 25 liter reservoir whose cover holds a grow tray with another seven pots. Although the circulating designs need electricity to power the pumps, they can instead be operated by photovoltaic panels available at many hardware stores.

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Mobile Vertical Gardens and Desk Farms
As I love multi-functional design, I’m interested with the ELOOO # 30 system’s design possibilities. It’s possible to integrate the elements with kitchen area or other furnishings, or integrate modular systems to form numerous vertical farming columns. Don’t desire to consume a wall? Get some sturdy castors and two boards to create a mobile indoor city farm ready to present of the method or outdoors.

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For the workplace, grow food on a desk farm. Over fout stacked large tanks, place a tabletop, then cut out an opening into which you insert an ELIOOO # 8. You even wind up with some leftover area for stashing little garden tools.

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Veteran IKEA Hacker
ELIOOO is not Scarponi’s first go at creating with IKEA items– he’s a veteran IKEA hacker. For a 2008 design competition, he revealed Rikea, a collapsible trolley and momentary shelter principle for flea market vendors.

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