Homegrown plants and vegetables made more accessible by MEG.

Growing plants and vegetables has countless benefits, but it’s not always that straightforward. MEG is a new open-source greenhouse that lets you call on the crowd when you’re not quite sure what to do. Not only does the greenhouse look cool and let you control everything, but it only uses the same amount of power as a flatscreen TV.

Created by engineers in Italy, the greenhouse gives you control of variables such as Light-cycles, Ventilation, Temperature, Irrigation, and Soil PH. What makes it really special though, is the network that it will one day tap into. “We try to standardize and give growth parameters to each plant,” says Carlo D’Alesio, one of the engineers. “All the sensors and programming contributes to this open and shared knowledge vision. We call it growing automation.”

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