DIY Self-Sustained Solo Cup Hydroponic Kit for AeroGarden Seed Pods

It all started out as part of a proposal for a science grant…but the ball kept rolling even after ANDesign Lab’s drought-adaptive garden sensor proposal was submitted.

Just like that–the next idea struck–a DIY Self-Sustained Hydroponic Kit for AeroGarden Seed Pods.

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List of tools: 

Plastic Cups

Clear Tubes

Elastic String

Hot Glue

Sticks

Plastic Bottle

3D Printed Seed Pod

Clay Balls

Root Riot

Zip Ties

8v Water Pump

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Concept sketches are a must! There can be no proper execution without a proper foundation.

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By stacking the pods and running a tube through the cups, water was able to be pumped and filtered into the entire hydroponic set up.

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Aside from creating the hydroponic kit from scratch, ANDesign designers also designed gardening pod prototypes for this experiment. Check out early concepts!

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Not only did they conceptualize the gardening pods, but 3D-printed them all in-house as well.

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The gardening pods are used to keep the Root Riot fertilizer squares afloat absorbent balls while damp, keeping the seed hydrated but never overflown.

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Well played, well played.

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The water pump filters water thru the clear tubing which drips water into every pod, which then re-filters the excess and collected water back into the water supply.

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It’s quite nice having a hanging garden…something about it just manifests the right amount of tranquility.

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Until this happens…quick! Clean this up before the dogs get here.
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Lets try this again…One drop at a time.

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No place to hang your gardening pods? No problem. Lets 3D some hangers!

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Which hanging technique is your favorite?

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Damn. Nice car.

Check back in to see what comes of this Instructable session!

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