When I first stared window farming over a year ago, I knew nothing about gardening or hydroponics. I did know that the idea of free, fresh, 100% organic food sounded awesome! After some research and lots of trail and error, I learned how to turn a handful of seeds and a few recycled bottles into a thriving garden. Friends marveled at the garden when they saw it for the first time. It made my living room smell great and the tomatoes were out of this world, no seriously. I also learned how to grow plants from seeds and what plants were best suited for window farms (herbs and leafy greens).
A few months ago I began working on a way to convert my window farm from plastic to glass. I wanted to use a medium that was more ascetic (blue glass). Also plastic has many known carcinogens such as BPA’s, Phthalates, and Vinyl Chloride. And of course I wanted to use as much recycled material as possible. The final product was more than half recycled, looked great and was easier to maintain than the original.
Here are a few helpful tips I learned the hard way.
- Keep your pH between 5 and 5.5
- Lights help a lot, 6-8 hours per day. 6500k for vegetative and 2700k for flowering
- Plants like tomatoes can get big so grow them in the bottom row
If you are interested in starting your own window farm, I have kits available on my site or feel free to email me if you would like to build you own and have a few questions. – Green on!
Nick Conrad – firstname.lastname@example.org