The Project

Looking for participants

The Common Roots project helps you and your community care for each other’s plants between households, by watering your neighbours plants via the internet! When someone presses the button to water a plant in their home it will trigger the watering of a plant, selected randomly, in someone else’s home. All you need to do is care for your plant too. At the press of a button, the system also lets you invite your neighbours to meet in the garden over a cup of tea, if you would like to. I have been running the research project with Wrayburn residents …

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What’s involved

There is lots of kit involved in making 12 plants talk to each other. Participants Kit The kits in participants homes are compact, and comprise of a small box with the watering button and disconnect button on, a water reservoir with a water pump in it, and a tube from the water reservoir to a water spout that sits on the plant pot, where the water comes out to water the plant. Inside the box is a Rasberry Pi  , which is a small computer designed for building small projects that have inputs (buttons) and outputs (water pump).  The computer …

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Let me know what you think

I’m really interested in what the community at Wrayburn House think of their pared plant watering system. Do you like using a button to water plants? How do you feel about watering someone else’s plant at the same time? There is a box on the communal garden table with postcards in that have 4 questions on, and a post box to put them in when you’re done.  Please let me know what you think. 🙂

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Plants in the home

The plant watering boxes have been placed in participants homes, we’re nearly up and running! The plant hosts have a small box installed in their home, that houses the small computer (a Raspberry Pi) that runs the system. It has a water pump coming from it that sits in a water reservoir, and from that, a tube that takes the water up a spout to the plant pot. Paula is testing the watering. It works!

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Planting

You may notice some plants appear on the communal garden table soon. They have buttons on the plant pots that, when pressed, water the plants via a spout. Each plant is linked via wi-fi to a plant in someones flat, and when you water one, the linked plant in the flat will be watered. And vice versa, if a neighbour waters their plant at home, you will see its paired plant being watered by the system in the communal garden. Please get involved, join in, have a go! I hope you enjoy playing with the installation. It will be installed …

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You’re invited to the launch party

All residents of Wrayburn House are warmly invited to the Common Roots Launch Party in Wrayburn Communal Garden 3rd September, 2pm   Come and find out what this is all about! Learn more about the project, find out who is involved, and how you can get involved if you like. There will be refreshments, and Sophie’s Wrayburn Bake Off  award winning carrot cake!    

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