Published on October 2nd, 2012 | by Jules Yap


ELIOOO. Grow your food. How to go to Ikea and grow food in your apartment.


Description: Ever wondered if you could grow vegetables in your apartment? It may not be as far-fetched as it seems. Antonio has a created a hydroponic set up using the Trofast and Antonius.

You can find more information on the book he is trying to fund in this link.

He is also the creator of this other project called Malthus, a device to grow fish and salad using Broder.

~ Jules

WHAT: ELIOOO is an instruction book about how to build a hydroponic system to grow plants, herbs, or vegetables in your apartment, using IKEA components.

WHY HYDROPONICS: Hydroponics is a clean, sustainable, and efficient way to grow vegetables using water instead of soil. Hydroponics has enormous advantages compared to traditional agricultural methods. It uses only 10% of the water needed with traditional agriculture, allowing for higher production in smaller spaces. Plants get nourishment directly from a nutrient solution mixed into the water. Consequently, the risk of pests present in the soil is avoided and plants receive the exact nourishment needed for optimal growth. With hydroponics you do not have to water your plants; you can maintain ideal conditions for growth, without worrying about watering and getting dirty

See more of the IKEA Hydroponic set-up.

~ Antonio, Scarpo

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

8 Responses to ELIOOO. Grow your food. How to go to Ikea and grow food in your apartment.

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s a start to creating the change we want to see in the world. Keep inventing!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Whoops, I meant translucent not opaque!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Clear/white/opaque tubs and tubes aren’t the best for this application. It’ll look very dirty and unpleasant in no time as the light will promote algae growth.

    • Pricia says:

      That’s right. You can clean them with bleach but it’s a huge waste of time.
      That structure is great but your plants will grow and you’ll have to move them – you can always leave you letuces there; they’ll be as confortable as a size 38 foot in a size 28 shoe.

  4. Anonymous says:

    What a wonderfull idea! He has different designs, some use powers, others dont.

  5. Anonymous says:

    to much space wasted in the construction.
    It uses to much power over the year for the pumps and maybe for lightning, the manufacturing of the syntheic material consumes power and oil and so on.

    -> spare the money and go to the next organic store and buy there to help the local farmers to get their income.
    It’s easy as 1,2,3 -> buy local, buy organic, buy seasonal, stay healthy, help the local economy
    If you have a garden -> yeah go ahead! self grown stuff is great! :-)

    • Anonymous says:

      Some people want to grow their own herbs and small veggies but can’t because they live in an apartment in the city. This gives them the chance to, so I don’t see anything wrong with it. Organic farmers aren’t the kind of people that rely on everyone’s support anyway, they’re doing really fine thanks to their EXORBITANT prices and government subsidies.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I just donated money… this is awsome…

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