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Hello everyone,

I'm a sixth form student currently studying Product Design and I'm looking to make a product that's used for gardeners.

The issue that I've come across is growing plants and produce when you don't actually have a garden. However, many people who don't have gardens only grow during Spring/Summer seasons, and so the product will be able to be "popped-up".

The actual design of the product hasn't yet been finalised as I'm still in the research section, and I'd like to know what you would want from a product a like this.

Feedback can be kept anonymous if you wish!

Thank you

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  • I have to say that the joy of gardening is that it is all year round. However, containers of various sorts might be adapted to be of use in the growing season only, and able to be folded up/put away when the growing's over and done.  It could be pointed out that such containers are called 'pots', new-fangled possibly, but useful nonetheless.

    H-C

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,542

    for me, a pop-up cold-frame would be very useful.

    I've got several 3ft x 2ft woodframed, twin-wall poly and I often wish they would fold-up like a cardboard wine-bottle carrier then I could easily store them when I'm not using them

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  • Sorry, that was a bit belittling, but I couldn't resist the thought!  I suppose you could look at fold away planters, sunk at ground level, with a lid, or folded away into the shed for the winter, then brought out and filled and planted for the spring/summer. Wall containers, perhaps?  This will need some serious innovative thinking for it to be different from anything available on the market to date. With no outdoor space at all, it will be more difficult still. You need to clarify where your garden will be sited, balcony, patio, outside front door.

    H-C

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126

    Are you intending this product to be used by people with balcony space, or perhaps windowsill gardening?

  • Ceres says:

    Are you intending this product to be used by people with balcony space, or perhaps windowsill gardening?

    See original post

     

    Ideally a balcony space will be use. There's one key client I'm using who has a garden but it is not in a state at all the grow anything other than weeds! She has 1m x 4m wooden decking that would be used to sit the product on.

  • Pete8 says:

    for me, a pop-up cold-frame would be very useful.

    I've got several 3ft x 2ft woodframed, twin-wall poly and I often wish they would fold-up like a cardboard wine-bottle carrier then I could easily store them when I'm not using them

    See original post

     Would you be interested just in a frame that can hold plant pots and other storage facilities or a product that also has storage containers built in?

  • Hortum-cretae says:

    Sorry, that was a bit belittling, but I couldn't resist the thought!  I suppose you could look at fold away planters, sunk at ground level, with a lid, or folded away into the shed for the winter, then brought out and filled and planted for the spring/summer. Wall containers, perhaps?  This will need some serious innovative thinking for it to be different from anything available on the market to date. With no outdoor space at all, it will be more difficult still. You need to clarify where your garden will be sited, balcony, patio, outside front door.

    H-C

    See original post

     Would you be interested in having different compartments to grow different things or one storage space?

    The product would ideally sit on a balcony or patio (1m x 4m)

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126

    I merely seek clarification. Not having a garden would suggest a flat dweller, some of whom have balconies and some of whom don't. In the case of a balconyless dwelling, would you be leaning towards the baby cage type of thing whereby infants in tenements could be exposed to fresh air in cages hung from windows? http://www.vintag.es/2015/03/incredible-pictures-of-baby-cages.html

    Such an arrangement could work for plants too providing there was no danger of their falling and causing injury.

    I will leave balcony and decking suggestions to others.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,542
    faithdouglassargeant says:
    Pete8 says:

    for me, a pop-up cold-frame would be very useful.

    I've got several 3ft x 2ft woodframed, twin-wall poly and I often wish they would fold-up like a cardboard wine-bottle carrier then I could easily store them when I'm not using them

    See original post

     Would you be interested just in a frame that can hold plant pots and other storage facilities or a product that also has storage containers built in?

    See original post

     No need for any storage  - just for plants in trays or pots. A removable top and hinges in 2 corners diagonally opposite then it could fold flat and be stored with the top  and the whole lot would only be a few inches thick - albeit about 5ft long

    Last edited: 27 September 2016 18:33:43

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  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    a foldable cold frame for me too as i don't have room for one permanently but these are already on the market, is this the kind of thing you are thinking of?

    http://icreatived.com/2016/02/10-easy-diy-free-greenhouse-plans.html/

    scroll down to fold down greenhouse

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