Archive for the ‘Soy Test Field, West Lafayette’ Category

Field I: Lighting Tests

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

The lighting tests continue in West Lafayette, this time we tried to illuminate the whole field with solar LED lights – this is the result, already very close to what we imagine in terms of making the field look artificial and unreal/hyper-real at night:

Field I: Plant Growth & Flowers

Monday, July 18th, 2011

This is an update on the plant growth after almost 3 weeks of no rain (the plants were watered by hand every day though). The first flowers are coming out – some are white, some are purple:

Field I: More Lighting Tests

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Tonight we also tested more lights, this time, just with a bare LED at the bottom of the plant. The LED is part of a solar night light and has a solar panel attached to it, so it recharges during the day. This is already much closer to what we are trying to achieve visually:

Field I: lighting test

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Tonight we lit the field from the top with a 500W theater spot. Eventually the light would come from individual solar powered light sources embedded in the field, illuminating the soy plants from unederneath (see: NSG_expose_Juli2011.pdf, not from the top like here). Also the soy plants would be bigger and thus denser in the field (we are still probably a couple of months away from this stage of the garden).

Field I: Update July 4

Monday, July 4th, 2011

The soy seedlings have taken off – after torrential rainfalls a couple of nights ago and hot and humid temperatures…

NSG Experiment: Field I

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

June 26, 2011.  Prepared field for National Security Garden at 710 Hillcrest (above)

June 27, 2011. Prepared and planted (below).

June 22: Seedlings ready for test field

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

These are the seedlings 12 days after planting the seeds – a little more than half of them made it because the soil got too dry at times due to our hot temperatures…

June 10: Starting a new batch of seedlings

Friday, June 10th, 2011

12 egg cartons/12 seeds each:

covered with plastic wrap to keep the soil moist: