March 1, 2016 | ProgressTH This garden project is quickly expanding. We still have the indoor system, but we're also working on a rooftop garden that will use exactly the same monitoring and automation systems the indoor system will use.
We're also working on ferrocement raised beds, and possibly some aquaponic systems as well. This could be applied to the indoor or rooftop systems.
In this picture you can see the first of 4 panels planned for rooftop raised beds. They will be modular so you can pick them up and reconfigure them to make small square beds, or larger rectangular beds.
We have some experience (see our old project here) with ferrocement. Projects get heavy very quickly, so you have to really gain some experience in building in sections and thinking ahead in case you ever need to move something after it is assembled. For the indoor system, the forms will be much, much smaller.
The advantage of using ferrocement is that you can make wire meshes into almost any shape, then apply the cement mixture (2:1 sand/cement) to it, giving you a high level of customization.
It is approximately 20mm thick, using art board with packing tape over it to make the forms, with wire mesh picked up from the local hardware store serving as the "ferro" component. We'll
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