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« on: July 02, 2011, 09:20:09 PM »

Link: Window farming

Since the wabbits ate my crop last year this seems like the perfect thing for me. It will be an all year round thing with LED lights in the winter. Recycled bottles.

I have "adjusted" the idea to fit me (no electric pump) and have one column with three grow spots as a start.
Didn't have any sprouts ready besides Calendula so that had to do for first test. Will plant some seeds of tomatoes and herbs. Will also make another three columns when I know what I'm doing.  Grin

Pic 1. The whole column hanging in the window. One container bottle at top with a hole in the closure enough to drip every third second. Nutrient solution.
Pic 2. The calendula guinea pig. The plastic hanging in the middle is a home made tube leading the water.


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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2011, 09:21:20 PM »

Naughty wabbits!

That is such a good idea, and look at the space saved.
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2011, 09:58:55 PM »


That's so ingenious..............naughty wabbits you say....   I'm afraid my two would have been the first to plunder your goodies...... :mwaha:
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2011, 02:56:09 AM »

That is so cool!  :buttrf:
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2011, 07:46:35 AM »

Day 2. It survived the night and has grown a little.  Happy Bounce

Best of this is that OH didn't freak out when I told him about it last night. He is in Stockholm working again. He suggested I go check if the bottles we threw away last week is still there (in plastic recycle container nearby) so I can make more columns. Yeeeaaah!


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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2011, 08:34:21 AM »

Very clever! It's so cool.

I'm puzzled by:

- What's wabbits? I only know rabbits!  Grin

- What you use in place of soil, they look like soap nuts...  Undecided
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2011, 08:52:20 AM »

- What you use in place of soil, they look like soap nuts...  Undecided
They're called lecakulor in Swedish and google translates it to Leca balls. It's made from clay (I think) that's heated up and the result becomes "puffed" clay pebbles.

I'm refining the design so it'll be easier to control the water flow and take the construction apart.
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2011, 11:34:06 AM »

What a good idea (I love the name of the project).  They all look rather space-agey - you sure it's veggies your growing  Cool  :mwaha:
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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2011, 11:51:41 AM »

What a good idea (I love the name of the project).  They all look rather space-agey - you sure it's veggies your growing  Cool  :mwaha:
Not totally sure there H.  :mwaha:

The Window farming concept is not mine as you can see at the link. I have only adjusted it to what I had to work with.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2011, 05:51:24 PM »

Love it!
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« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2011, 07:57:39 PM »

Pesky wabbits!  Grin

Do you suppose they are now lining up outside the house, looking in longingly at your window farm?

Very clever idea, Eva!
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« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2011, 08:35:37 PM »

how exciting! Is it hydroponics? I had a brief look at the link you shared but not properly yet. I must admit I find hydroponics a bit 'creepy', growing things that usually need soil without soil feels a bit weird and that it is not a proper cyclical cycle (if you see what I mean) that extra nutrients have to be added. Now if it was connected up to an aquarium or something....

I'm going to have a proper look in a bit. I really like the use of the window space, filling the window with jungle  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2011, 06:55:41 PM »

Those LECA balls are what we are having under our limecrete floor for insulation - they are clay so actually quite "natural" and have been used in gardening for ages...very intersting Eva!
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« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2011, 07:25:35 PM »

@ lyndsayfink, yes it's hydroponic. WIKI-link and info

The best thing is that the plant don't need to grow loads of roots since it's easier for it to get the nutrition thus it'll grow faster.
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« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2011, 09:19:21 AM »

After the first test I didn't think it was efficient or using the space ultimately so I've created a new one.
Have also learned the proportions of the nutrients (I hope).
Here are pics of latest set up.

Pic 1. At topleft of pic you see a dark area. this is the sturdy bag holding 10,5 litre water. It'll be covered by the curtain later.
Pic 2. The special pots for tomato plants, bigger and stronger.
Pic 3. The herb and smaller plant set up.

The green plastic thingies are where I set the drip speed. It's very good.

I use kling film to lead the water from one pot to the other on the vertical set up.


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