Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. In gardens, ornamental plants are often grown for their flowers, foliage, or overall appearance; useful plants, such as root vegetables, leaf vegetables, fruits, and herbs, are grown for consumption, for use as dyes, or for medicinal or cosmetic use. Gardening is considered to be a relaxing activity for many people.
A three year study has determined that using venting and fogging fans is a far superior way to control the temperature and humidity of a greenhouse as opposed to using the standard evaporative cooling wall. The benefits to using this system are many. Primarily less electricity and water are used in the process of cooling the space. Additionally more consistent temperatures throughout the greenhouse are maintained and there is huge redundancy built into the system.
If something goes wrong with your evaporative cooling wall, the whole greenhouse is in danger. If a single fogging fan fails you still have many others that can simply be run a bit longer and keep your plants healthy until a replacement fan can be installed.
This Fair Companies interview is fantastic. They visit Rik Kretzinger and get a great tour of his revolutionary garden design. He has managed to create an inexpensive, highly efficient and configurable aquaponics system that is controlled by an Arduino .
This large scale Aquaponic system is designed from the A-Frame Deep Water Culture Column (ADWCC) Prototype designed by Nelson Mmbando, 256 square feet foot print capable of producing approximately 400 heads of lettuce every two weeks. This system also incorporates vermiculture to break down food waste and introduces the nutrients back into the system.
Nelson utilizes the concepts he fine tuned during his thesis project and is a great example of a well thought out aquaponics system the expands the standard model into vermiculture.