By: Evan, Judy, Jackie, Sonnie
Creating a easy and versatile way to garden. This is made for starting gardeners, for those who does not have enough time, is forgetful, or is not able to dpi any heavy lifting. Verdiden is a self watering system that helps you keep your plants alive, healthy, and beautiful.
To solve the problem of not having enough space for a garden, we decided to create a vertical garden. This vertical garden is very versatile and useful for many different types of people and for beginners.
Technology & Modules Utilized
list 3 modules here and your reasons for using them
Water Pump- This will pump the water to go up into the tube, which will water the plants.
Shop bot – To cut the wood
Moisture sensor- Sense the amount of moister inside the soil. This will indicate us and the pump when to water the plants and when not to.
Concepts & Design
- Soil Hygrometer Humidity Detection Module Moisture Sensor For Arduino
- 12mm, (1/2 in), 4ft x 8ft, Sandeply Hardwood Plywood
4″ PVC pipe
30 degree router bit
The Audience / Consumer
Verdiden’s goal is to attract people who are just starting to garden, those who loves to garden but often forgets to water their plants, or those who are not capable to do heavy lifting, but still wants a nice garden. This product is able to water itself without much effort and can help you store your gardening tools. Also because this product is very versatile you are able to create a pond of fishes in the middle layer of the three. This will create more dynamic and lively garden, and really make your garden “pop”.
July 8, 2014 – Today we started to plan out our project and made a quick model of it. We started off wanting to make it into a pyramid and then a staircase shape. We also explained our project. This product had a bucket on the top stair case to collect rainwater and for gravity to pull it down into each tube and then staircase. We had the problem of trying to figuring how to control the water and open and close the tubes/bucket to release a certain amount of water to each section. We also faced the question of where is it going to be, against a wall or just there?
July 9, 2014 – After tons of feedback from the day before, we decided to change our project almost completely. We decided to change the shape and the way the product looks. We were still unsure about the water system and how big the whole entire project would be overall. We soon decided the shape of the project, which would be a hexagon. We also decided the garden would have three layers to it. At this point we have two ideas for the water system. One being like a straw, when filled with water and covered on top the water is trapped, but when the cover is released water flows through the tubes. The problem with this is even with the smallest hole, it can release the water, causing many issues. Another water system we thought of was an air pump. We wanted to do an air pump with tubes connected, going to each level. We also decided to make Verdiden much more versatile and unique by adding a pond to the bottom layer of the whole system. This would work as a way to catch extra water and could make the product much more different from other gardening products.
July 10, 2014 – We have decided to go with the the pump idea, except we will be using a water pump, in which would be inside the tube of water and instead of a bunch of tubes, we will be having one hose called a soil soaker, which is a sponge like tube which has plenty of holes throughout the hose to release water and it will run through the bottom layer, then middle, then to the top. This will make the soil be watered much more evenly and have very little to no complications for the builder and user. We also worked on cutting out, on cardboard, our model to see the issues and etc. We decided to make the entire product largest width be 4′ and the height to be 4′.
July 14, 2014 – Today we worked on the wiki for our product, we also worked on solving the problem of the hole on the outside edge of the hexagon when you connect the walls together. This task took a very long time, and does not seem so complicated, but it is, and well worth the time. This creates a much cleaner look, along with that, it helps prevent the the layer from leaking. We also created a list of materials needed to make this product. Today we also did our product review and it went by quite smoothly. One of the main suggestion(s) we were looking for ways on how to make Verdiden much more sturdy. With many different responses we started to put it into consideration and going over different comments and going over the concerns everyone had. At the end of the day we worked on the amount of hours it took to do each task.
July 15, 2014 – Today we worked on figuring out the size of the door for the storage area. We also worked updating the wiki and making up work we did not finish for the wiki. We also went out to get the pump for our water system. Although we still have many materials we need to get, the water pump was much needed for us to be able to put everything else together. We looked at the prices for the fishes and decided on what type of water we will be using for the pond. We started to create a materials/budget list for the products as well. Because we bought the water pump today, we also tested it and it worked out perfectly. We also decided to change the height to be three feet instead of four and the width to stay at four feet.
July 16, 2014 – Today we started to find and add up all the prices for the materials needed to create Verdiden. We also finished creating/updating the wiki. We figured officially the size of the doors for the two storage spaces and got the hinges for the doors. We also started to look around SETC for materials that we already have and do not need to buy.
July 17, 2014 – Today we continued to get materials. We went to home depot to get plywood and two sealing sprays. We bought a water seal and leak seal. The water seal will be sprayed on the wood to prevent the wood from absorbing any water. The leak seal will stop any leakage such as cracks between each piece of wood. We also found a way for the water pump to turn on and off using a moisture sensor. We went to home depot bought the PVC tube ( 4″), which is a little too small for the water pump, so what we have to do is decide if the piece that does not fit stick out of the tube which would be fine OR just not put the pump in the tube at all. A huge problem we had was the budgeting. We were way over the budget and as of right now it has still not been solved.
July 21, 2014 – We dug deeper into finding out how to make the moisture sensor and the water pump would work together. While we were doing this research, we found a place that would potentially have the materials needed to do what we need to do. So later Brad and Evan went out to find the materials. While they were out, we worked on making the wiki look more nice and updating it. Later in the day Brad and Evan came back with most of the materials we need to build this project.
July 22, 2014 – Today we worked on making the moisture sensor working. In the beginning it did not work at all and then in the end only one of the lights turned on, and as the amount of moisture increases more light is turned on. Although it sounds like it works, we tested it out and it wasn’t increasing as we added moisture to the sensor. We also started cutting the wood with the shop bot which turned out amazing.
- July 23, 2014 – Today we worked on gluing and cutting the walls of the structure. We also came up with a way to make the boards of each layer more stable and attached with each other. We also finished sanding down the sides of the boards for each other triangles to be able to attach to each other smoothly and nicely. One problem we faced today was gluing the wood with one another. It was difficult because one, only one person was doing because everyone else in the group had practice teaching and the other thing is that the glue dries very slow and makes the base seem very unstable.
- July 29, 2014 – Today we worked on adding glue (glue gun glue) to the nails sticking out of the board. This made the board more safe and sturdy.
July 30, 2014 – We worked on figuring out if we should spray the water seal first or stain the wood first. What we did was on a piece of wood was divide it into three sections. One section was just the spray, another was the spray THEN stain and the last was stain THEN spray. We found out that staining the wood and then spraying it made it much more waterproof than the other two. So what we started to do was stain the wood first and letting it dry over night. We did about two layers of stain on each of the bases.
July 31, 2014 – Because the stain was not really dry last night, a lot go dust went on the bases. So what we decided to do was sand it down so that it would be nice and clean and of course this ruined the stain job from the day before, we decided to re-stain the wood and we also finished up cutting the last wall that connects to the bases.