Zeger Reyers

Hard Water knowledge

by Zeger Reyers

Is it plates growing in between plants, or plants growing in between plates? Hard Water is an installation that consists of a thousand plates, soil and plants 'growing' on the exterior wall of Mediamatic Biotoop's main building.

Build up in 2015

Renovated in march 2019 and march 2020

 

Against bug : 

take a spray bottle , add 1 little spoon of Neem Oil + add soap: Mix it => ready 

spray all over the plants 

Vergroot

Installation Hard Water by Zeger Reyers - Photo taken just after Zeger finished his installation. Liz Kunst

Watering System

From (month X) to (month X), the installation runs on the automatic mode and gets water just 4 minutes / day (24 hours) inside. The outside can be in between 2 and 3 minutes.

When the weather becomes warmer, the plants need more water. So from (month X) to (month X), the installation runs on the automatic mode and gets water just (?) minutes / day (24 hours) inside. The outside can be in between (?) and (?) minutes.

In case you just renovated the installation, there is also a ‘Manual’ button to give additional water for the time you enter or until you press ‘Manual' again. It is important to  turn on the watering system for 10 minutes once or twice a day, for the first couple of days after renovation.

Reoccurring Problems

  • Rats
    As the installation is next to the kitchen and a good hiding place, rats and sometimes mice make Hard Water into their home. This of course is problematic, due to the hygiene. In 2020 we tried to put metal sponged in between the soil. But as that was quite difficult, we ended up only installing a few.

  • Loose plates
    Every once in a while with storm or hard rain, some plates come down. It depends on how many actually fell, before we call Zeger Reyers to come and renovate again.

  • Mealy Bug
    This bug multiplies like rabbits. It can be cleaned with a mix of cleaning spray and water. To actually get rid of a mealy bug plague, you have to repeat this every month and keep a close eye on the installation.