Urban Alchemy

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

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And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.

-Chris Orbach: Jane

I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings

I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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This wacky looking thing is an Aerogarden.(linky) A long time ago, my partner in crime, Kikuchan, sent me a link to this site, because she, like me, lives in an apartment that's painfully underlit(though she has a terrace and I don't...), so growing plants is often a problem (I do it anyway, but it's not without its challenges.)

Both of us oohed and aahed over this fantastic little piece of technology at the time, and decided that we wanted these things because aside from being dead cool, they do perform several wonderful functions, like being able to grow your own herbs, veggies and flowers in painfully underlit apartments in London and NYC.

So a while ago, I showed the site to the Monster, who very kindly decided to get me one as a present.

It is awesome. I now want to put them all over my house, since they provide tasty full spectrum light for 16 hours a day.

He is awesome too, for getting it for me. Thank you.

(and Kikuchan is also awesome, for showing it to me in the first place.) Awesomesauce all around!

So, my new hobby is watching grass grow. I have such an exciting life.
28th Aug 2007, 08:58   | tags:,,,,,

kikuchan says:

Wow. That looks so space age and high tech in real life! OMG I want one even more than I thought now. Keep me updated on herby progress. That is MADE of awesome.

28th Aug 2007, 10:34

nige says:

i'm going to go with "wicked" instead of awesome, but that is way cool.

28th Aug 2007, 10:37

bronxelf says:

I will totally keep you updated on herby progress. I'm telling you, I want to put these things everywhere. Think of all the stuff that could be grown!


28th Aug 2007, 11:01

Rich says:

peas need far more room than that, townie.

28th Aug 2007, 11:31

bronxelf says:

I've grown peas on my windowsill before, country boy. This would be easy, comparatively.

28th Aug 2007, 11:32

mat says:

Phwoar. That's purty. Home hydroponics bay with controllable full-spectrum lights?

I wouldn't be growing peas. :)

28th Aug 2007, 12:06

bronxelf says:

Your idea has already been noted.

(but... I LIKE peas...)

Basically it's got a pump inside (I can photograph it for you if you want) If the water ever gets low, a light goes on. If it needs nutrients, (which come in convenient tablet form) a light goes on. The lights are on a timer- 16 hours on, 8 hours off. Basically? You do nothing save watch it grow and harvest what you get. It comes with little kits, which you can see on the site. Also, you can get a "blank" kit, which gives you all the tools (the little pods, and the nutrient tabs and the little labels) so you can grow whatever you want.

What's in there now is the "gourmet herb" kit, which comes with the thing. I also have "cherry tomato" here. I'm telling you, were it not for the pricetag, I'd be all about getting about another 5 of these things for my living room alone so I could grow chili peppers, peas, green beans, strawberries...

They also put out a lot of light, which in my house is always welcome.

28th Aug 2007, 12:13

mat says:

apparently lettuce does very well in hydroponics - from seed to eating in about three weeks. fresh lettuce is somewhat underrated, imo.

28th Aug 2007, 12:21

bronxelf says:

Oh yes, the salad greens kit. that looked interesting too.

They have Mexican and Japanese herbs, but I wish they'd get a Thai collection going. I'd be all over that.

28th Aug 2007, 12:23

silar31 says:

That's really cool, well done Monster!

28th Aug 2007, 13:51

Stacy says:

I caught these on TV once flipping through channels looking for something that wouldn't make my eyes bleed. They're fascinating. I did think of you. Hell, I thought of me. no going outside in the hot, no weeds, beauteous. But my cats, they are not kind to indoor vegetation. I'm not into cleaning up that much cat puke, especially at those prices. Le sigh.

28th Aug 2007, 15:26

unrooly says:

I am insanely jealous!

28th Aug 2007, 17:18

Xochizlan says:

On rare occassions I do still manage to surprise and do something right. :)

28th Aug 2007, 19:31

ookiine says:

Go green thumb!

28th Aug 2007, 22:38

bronxelf says:


So far, the cats have not expressed an interest. However, there's also nothing that's sprouted yet. It's up quite high (I can take a photo from farther away..) so it would be difficult for them to reach.

The biggest worry would be Buggy, because my cats in general can't be bothered with that sort of thing. However, I would love to put these all over the tops of bookcases.

We'll see how it goes. It's only day two, today. If it works out really well, maybe I will get more eventually.

28th Aug 2007, 22:47

Tori says:

I have grown the salad pods and I'm currently making a run at the gourmet herb pods.

That photo of it is great. I took photos the other day, but they don't look that cool.

29th Aug 2007, 11:50

FilbertFox says:

would it help with SAD, if it is full spectrum? Not that i get SAD, but i know someone who doea, and they growt their own grub at the same time. Cool or what!

29th Aug 2007, 21:50

540air says:

Looks like an alien encounter, but a cool idea :)

30th Aug 2007, 11:37