Day 152: Green Machine

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May 31, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra

Gardening is not for wimps.  I spent this afternoon prepping a patch of dirt to bring some victory veggies back to my backyard, after having my first good harvest last summer.  I’m going at it with a bit more confidence this year, thanks to last season’s success, but I’m still reminded of what a labor (of love) gardening is.  I, as I presume many aspiring green thumbs do, tend to over-think my garden.  I worry about over- and under-watering, soil pH, composition and nutrient density, sun exposure and cloudy days, earthworms and aphids, heat waves and cold fronts, pretty much everything except power-outages.  Growing things isn’t really all that difficult – it takes patience, a bit of know-how, and a good deal of confidence, which is where most would-be gardeners fall short and wind up foregoing the whole endeavor for fear of failed flora.  Luckily, today’s project is one that will inspire even the most skittish of urban- and suburbanites to start a little victory garden of their own, with the knowledge that they too can sustain thumbs tinted green.

Bitponics is more than an indoor garden – it’s a networked, automated, botanical bot here to help any room in your house become a slice of the farmers’ market.  Developed to integrate environmental variables in hydroponic (soil-free) gardens, Bitponics connects indoor growers through a network of gardening knowledge, experience, success stories and wisdom from hydroponic gardens across the world.

Our goal with Bitponics is to allow more people to grow plants, no matter where they are or how much experience they have. We want to make hydroponic gardening easy for everyone.

Bitponics has two distinct components: the array of sensors monitoring your plants, and an online account used to record, share and connect with other gardens on the grid.  Knowing what you’re hoping to sprout, the sensors will develop a schematic for the optimal growing conditions so you can make the most of your seedlings.  Hydroponic gardening is definitely neat, and with a resource like Bitponics to make the process of getting your garden green and growing as easy as planting and plugging in, I have reason to hope that more and more would-be gardeners start to see their thumbs turn a little greener.  The first season is often the hardest, so anything to help lower the barrier to entry into the gardening game is good in my book.  Help plant the seeds of hundreds of new gardens by backing Bitponics on Kickstarter before June 11.


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