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Products We Love – Apartment Gardening


We’ve got lots of friends who live in apartments and they tell us they can’t wait to have a house so they can start their own urban farm and eating fresh food from their own backyard.  But we tell them there are lots of options for apartment gardeners and just because you live in an apartment or don’t have a backyard doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own food or get started with a smaller farm.  In an earlier post, we featured some wine crates that make for great mini-garden boxes for growing herbs, lettuce and other vegetables with shallower root systems.  In fact, it’s easier to maintain a garden in an apartment because your needs, in terms of space requirements and maintenance are significantly less than an entire backyard.  So consider your apartment garden your official starter kit urban farm.  And when you do finally get that house…

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A Brief History of Floral Design, or, How Angiosperms Ended Up in Our Vases

The Stay-at-home Scientist

Floral design is an art form like any other. It takes into account a full range of artistic principles, where compositions are thought of in terms of balance, proportion, harmony, and even rhythm. Color, texture, lines and space are all aspects one can contemplate when viewing or creating an arrangement, and like all art, personal taste and school of thought determine its success.

Instead of starting our journey into floral design with the Europeans or the Japanese, we will begin with an interesting, and perhaps unexpected, cast of characters – the ancient “fern allies”. To meet them, we have to go back in time, back to before flowering plants even existed, to the Carboniferous period.

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“BOTANICUS INTERACTICUS”: Interactive Plant Technology



For more information on the Botanicus Interacticus, see: http://botanicus-interactic.us

Botanicus Interacticus is a technology for designing highly expressive interactive plants, both living and artificial. The technology is driven by the rapid fusion of our computing and living spaces. Botanicus Interacticus an interaction platform that takes interaction from computing devices and places it anywhere in the physical environment. In particular we are targeting living plants.

Botanicus Interacticus has a number of unique properties. This instrumentation of plants is simple, non-invasive, and does not damage the plants. It requires only a single wire placed anywhere in the soil. The interaction with plants goes beyond simple touch and allows rich gestural interaction. Examples include: sliding fingers on the stem of the orchid, detecting touch and grasp location, tracking proximity, and estimating the amount of touch contact between user and a plant.

Botanicus Interacticus also deconstructs the electrical properties of plants and replicates…

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How iPads, phones & sensors will redefine our homes


Last week while on my travels through the Internet, I came across Biome Smart Terrarium. A terrarium, by the way, is a miniature landscape with plants (and animals). I am fascinated by these micro worlds. Typically, I would look at the beautiful pictures and move on.

But what got my attention was the fact that this Terrarium was controlled by an iPad (s AAPL) or a smartphone. It was a sensor-based micro world, connected to the network. An artful marriage of physical living and digital worlds, the terrarium could be a precursor for what home and gardens could become in the age of connectedness.

Tony Fadell with his thermostat and his startup Nest have already kicked off the ultimate home makeover. It is only a matter of time before we start to see a rush of devices that marry the physical and the digital worlds and thus bring about a…

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Technology Controlled Plants…


This is one hi-tech terrarium. Designed by interior designer Samuel Wilkinson, it works as an enclosed planter and it is controlled via iPad or smartphone on an app that manages temperature and light. Check it out here.

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