Don't want to get dirt under your nails?
Young Enterprise Scheme team GrowHydro unveiled the prototype of their hydroponic garden wall last week, pitching it as perfect for those green thumbs who do not want to get dirt under their fingernails.
Christy Tate came up with the idea and said the plants grow in gravel, so there is no soil required.
“To replace the nutrients plants normally receive from soil, we add a hydroponic liquid nutrient to the water.”
Water is pumped from the bottom up into the top planting box and filters down into a second box below.
It is solar powered, so works only during daylight hours and holds three litres of water.
The team, made up of students from Gisborne Girls’ and Gisborne Boys’ High Schools, received a perfect score in the first research and development stage of YES and did well at the business pitch evening held at Electric Village last week.
This puts them in a good position as they go into the final stages, which are advertising and promotion and sales.
GrowHydro is suited to apartments and council houses where garden space is limited.
“It is perfect for older people who love gardening but cannot get down on their knees any more,” said the team’s CEO Maddie Wilson.
It could also be an architectural feature in kitchens, or placed on patios or decks, she said.
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