Garden Paste Artificial Soil
Utility technology that is used in place of, or in combination with, soil.

At first used for gardens and horticultural displays, the technology expanded to include a wide range of artificial soils for cultivating otherwise unfertile soils. When colonising a new planet, very often the introduction of some form of self-replicating artificial soil technology is one of the first stages in the preparation of the land surface for agriculture.

Garden Paste datasheet

Sophisticated Garden Paste can be "dialled in" to match the optimal soil composition requirements for each and every plant you have. It will change according to each plant's needs for water, nutrients, and soil density. It will also form shade when and where needed, automatically, or upon request. Further, it will keep out moles and gophers by forming instant temporary barriers; store sunlight via solar cells, for use on overcast days; detect and drive off harmful insects, perhaps via insect-specific pheromones; retain water and minimize evaporation (sophisticated networks of Garden Paste could include an irrigation system), and even identify and remove plants started via airborne propagation [sometimes referred to as "weeds"]. [uhf]

Garden Paste V 3.2 Release Notes

- Fixed roundworm/earthworm differentiation algorithm - Corrected temperature/moisture mix for sub-zero weather
- Increased discretion on pollen access to selected airspace
- Increased listings of beneficial microbes allowed into contact with various crops

Garden Paste V 3.1 Release Notes

- Generated Roundworm detection (thanks, GreenThumb!)

Garden Paste V 3.0 Release Notes

- Enabled MoleBlock subassemblies' sensors to differentiate between
harmful (mole-ish) and helpful (worm-ish) subterranean access to
growing space.

Garden Paste V 1.1

- Water handling routines patched to prevent drawing water from inside

Garden Paste V 1.0.1

- GAIA terran standards patched to allow access to growing area for
baseline and augmented humans.

Garden Paste V 1.0

- Created MoleBlock subassemblies to prevent dangerous subterranean
access to growing area
- Heat generation and reduction tech borrowed from SeleniaServices'
CozyRoom Paste
- Water handling protocols from DaSqueeGee
- Primary computronium node uses GAIA terran standards for maximal plant growth, threat ratings of biologic intrusions, etc
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Text by John B
Initially published on 20 June 2003.

page uploaded 20 June 2003, last modified 2 January 2008

Original idea from the TransTech mailing lists, posted on the OA mail list Dec 2002 by Ben Higginbottom