Have you ever tasted vegetables or herbs grown in water using a hydroponics system?  No? Then you are missing out on a special treat.  If you answered yes, you know what I am talking about.

Hydroponic Window Gardening is quickly becoming the rage for people living in apartments and urban communities.   This technique has turned into a large, growing International community of like minded folks sharing ideas and methods to perfect the Vertical Hydroponic Window Garden.

Window Garden Design

The Window garden uses 1.5 liter plastic water bottles, preferably with a waist.  The bottles are painted white to protect the roots from the light.  After drilling holes in each bottle for them to attach to each other, then cut out a larger hole to place your plastic net cup.  The net cup is filled with hydroponic clay pellets which supports your plant.

An aquarium air pump is used to circulate the liquid nutrient water solution to the top plant bottle.  The solution then trickles down through the plant, bathing the compact root system and then continuing down through all the vertical plants, reaching the bottom, where it is recirculated back up to the top.

Indoor Garden Plants to Grow

The window farm system allows you to grow fresh food in very limited space year round, inside windows of your home.  You can grow almost any type of plant except root plants like carrots.  Some successful plant crops include:

  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Collards
  • Cress
  • Dill
  • Kale
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lettuce
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Salvia
  • Peas
  • Stevia
  • Swiss Chard
  • Thyme
  • Tomato
  • Peppers
  • Strawberries

The Hydroponic Window Farm Gardening System is a clever concept and has all kinds of possibilities.  I think I will put a Vertical Window Garden on my Winter Project list.  You can learn more about it at The Windowfarms Project.

 

 

 

 

 

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