The Ideal Compact Plant Growing Environment
Ponix is proud to introduce the best environment for growing all kinds of herbs and vegetables in small outdoor spaces, especially where plants can be damaged by wind, storms, and pests. The concept design we developed is a rugged, compact plant pod that has been dubbed the "P-Pod" and will be easy to buy, easy to use, and easy to look at.
Best uses for P-Pods:
- Micro-gardening on balconies, terraces, and decks
- Conventional, semi-hydroponic, & fully hydroponic gardening -
- On-site proprietary herbs & greens for restaurants and markets -
- Urban farming and community gardening on rooftops -
- Schools: ecology, biology, & healthful food projects -
- Hospitals, senior facilities -
- Guerrilla gardening (ask us!) -
- Duo & Multi P-Pods
- Heated Irrigation
The Midi P-Pod is 24 x 24 inches at the base and 36 inches high at the back. The front has two flexible 2-way access panels - no swinging doors or lids. Open the top as seasonal plants get tall to allow more sun or high temperature relief, or open the bottom to access lower plants, planters & irrigation.
This low-profile aerodynamic design withstands high winds and storms on balconies and roof tops and the double-wall polycarbonate panels provide excellent insulation and diffuse sunlight to help provide a more uniform growing environment.
The Midi-Pod is light-weight (less than 5 lbs empty) and with only 6 parts, it can be assemble easily in minutes and no tools are required. Disassembly is just as easy, making P-Pods portable and easy to store.
The Mini-Pod is a smaller version of the Midi-Pod.
The base is 24 inches wide, same as the Midi-Pod, but only 18 inches deep. The back of the Mini-Pod is 24 inches.
This size is best for growing smaller plants or starting larger plants in locations where space is very limited.
Attach multiple Midi-Pods or Mini-Pods side-by side with no walls between to economically create larger enclosures.
A convenient configuration for balconies is the Duo. It is made up of 2 P-Pods side-by-side with no wall between the individual P-Pods. This allows more room for larger plants to spread out. The greater volume also helps to keep all the enclosed plants warmer during cold weather.
Larger Multi enclosures can be created by attaching 3 or more P-Pods together. There is no limit to the number of P-Pods that can be attached side-by-side.
P-Pods can also be attached back-to-back to double the size of a Multi enclosure. This configuration is very stable in potentially windy locations such as rooftops.
P-Pods are available with an optional heated irrigation system for year-round growth.
The irrigation system is a water circulation manifold beneath the plants with a diversion valve that switches it to a drip watering system for greater irrigation control and convenience.
A thermostat-controlled heater is incorporated into the circulation system to regulate temperatures inside the P-Pods. Heating through circulated warm water results in more even and reliable temperature control. This system is designed to keep a fully exposed Mono-Pod from freezing at outdoor temperatures of 10 degrees F. Please see more details in FAQ.
The Future of Urban Agriculture
A farmer in California loads 1200 bushels of spinach into a refrigerated truck and sends it off to New York City, burning about 400 gallons of fuel along the way and reaching its destination not long before the spinach reaches the end of its storage life.
In New York, the same amount of spinach can be grown on the roof of a 60,000 square foot warehouse or "big box" retail store. It can reach markets and restaurants within a few hours of being picked, using less than a gallon of gas to get there. Or none, if sold or eaten downstairs.
We love rooftop farms. But sometimes, rooftops are not the most hospitable environments as they are exposed to wind and storms. One solution is to install a hydroponics green house which is productive year round, but is also a big commitment in construction and operating costs. A less expensive, more versatile solution that also provides a protected environment for year-round produce is the Multi Midi-Pod.
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