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I’m no expert on plant nutrition or hydroponics, so I can’t vouch for the effectiveness of this idea or of the particular system, but aesthetically I really like these rotating hydroponic gardens with the plants growing inward. The idea is to minimize radiant losses from the bulb, which is the expensive part of an indoor garden to operate, and hence to maximize cost efficiency. The design saves on floor space, too.

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.


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  1. Rich says:

    “The idea is to minimize radiant losses from the bulb, which is the expensive part of an indoor garden to operate, and hence to maximize cost efficiency.”

    I think that you can buy a lot of electricity with the $2K it would cost to buy this unit.

    I like the idea though and can picture a DIY version pretty easily.

  2. jambre says:

    would be a good use for an old tire reinforced with some steel hoops

  3. salsa says:

    and it doesn’t even come with lights? Should be ~$400, and anyway, you can use mirrors if you want to get the most from your lights. Oh wait– they already come with reflectors:
    http://www.plantitearth.com/grow-lights/daystar-ac-nextgen-digital-hps-systems.aspx

  4. Red Icculus says:

    I think the Foodle would be a bit more economical to clone on a MAKE basis:
    https://www.omegagarden.com/index.php?content_id=175&product_id=1149

    I do tons of experiments like this at:
    http://red-icculus.com

  5. Jesse says:

    There are compact grow rooms that are similar, only they’re upright cylinders with the lights in the middle instead of this ferris wheels style.

    I could see this working with aquaponics and seems like it would be pretty simple to DIY. Really you just need a ring to drill holes in and then use neoprene collars to hold your stems in place, then a trough for nutrients that the ring can constantly spin thru. Whether or not it would work as good or better than traditional methods, who knows. May be good for small plants like cooking herbs and the like, but I wouldn’t try and grow tomatoes or anything like that.

    really you could just use light harvesting(sunlight + artificial) or paint the inside if your grow box/room white or line with foil.

  6. Ted Marchildon says:

    We have grown medium size tomatoes called
    ‘tumblers’, medium size peppers, eggplant, peas, beans, flowers, chard, herbs, etc, and we will be coming out with a root vegetable growing unit shortly, and others that are specific to growing grains, and micro greens.

    It takes 6 times as many lighting fixtures to achieve the same light saturation if this system was laid out flat. If you are at 15 cents per KwH, and you run 600 watt lamp vs the 3600 watts needed to make up the difference for flat growing, that can save you close to 50 cent per hour, or $6 to $9 per day depending on your photo period. At $6 per day the system saves you over $2,100 per year in power usage. The constant rotation increases growth rates substancially, and the stress from the rotation also increases bioflavonoid production for better taste.

    We have been making rotary gardens now for over ten years, and I have yet to see one DIY unit built by anyone. People think its easy to do, but find out that it just looks easy, and so obvious once it’s presented.

    In closed environments, condensing plant transpiration, we will produce foods with less then a single digit percentage of the water used to grow field crops. This food will be the cleanest, healthiest, and tastiest foods available anywhere. It will make ‘certified organic’ look like toxic waste disguised as food.

    We will soon be launching community supported farming projects based on this technology and bringing it to an urban neighborhood near you.

    1. Sean Michael Ragan says:

      Great comment, Ted. Thanks for chiming in!

      1. Ted Marchildon says:

        Hi Sean,

        Thanks for blogging about the Volksgarden.

        All the best.

  7. gold says:

    We have been making rotary gardens now for over ten years, and I have yet to see one DIY unit built by anyone. People think its easy to do, but find out that it just looks easy, and so obvious once it’s presented.

    hydroponics

  8. hydroponics says:

    We have been making rotary gardens now for over ten years, and I have yet to see one DIY unit built by anyone. People think its easy to do, but find out that it just looks easy, and so obvious once it’s presented.
    Thanks for the great reading
    on
    hydroponics.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ohhhh…… Wow, this one is really looking just best of post about hydroponics. As the existing post really shows just incredible hydroponics ferris wheel. This one is truly looking just fabulous. Thanks for sharing some awesome thing about hydroponics.
     

  10. Anonymous says:

    Wow…… this one is really looking just superb. As the existing picture of hydroponics ferris wheel is really looking promising and it really shows the incredibility of this biological gardening. It’s really looking just magnificent. Thanks for sharing some awesome thing about hydroponics.
     

  11. Anonymous says:

    hydroponic has really proved to be cost effecient. Have attracted lots of business. 

  12. Anonymous says:

    hydroponic has proved be really successful in satisfying the demand of it customers

  13. Anonymous says:

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  14. Anonymous says:

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  15. Anonymous says:

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Your article is really blissful.. I have made my basement as half garden by growing new and new plants. Last week, i have planted peppers under hydroponics lights.
    Grow Light

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