In the next few days, I’ll be starting my own window farm with a TWIST, courtesy of all you Window Farm
I’ll be uploading photos and videos on what I’m doing and how to do it and where to get materials cheap(er).
I have seen a few variations on Window Farms and one of them REALLY got my attention.
The person who wrote the article said that he used his fish tank as the fertiliser. As I already have a fish tank in my room, I thought I’d adapt the instructions on here to incorporate the waste products from the fish to fertilise the plants in the Window Farm.
Fish waste is high in nutrients and as it’s a waste material, would be perfect for the plants, PLUS by using the waste material from the tank, also acts as a filter for the tank, so WIN WIN!
Fertliser for the plants and clean water for the fish!
Solar Powered Pump
I decided to use a solar powered pump for 2 reasons, firstly, it’s environmentally friendly as it doesn’t use mains electricity and doesn’t need timers and secondly it won’t run at night when it’s not needed and won’t create any additional noise when you’re trying to sleep.
So, without further ado, here goes….
My Plans / To Do:
1) To install a Window Farm in my bedroom
2) To use natural and endless fertilser to feed the plants
3) To upload photos and videos of progress, do’s and don’ts etc.
Materials So Far:
(Photo of Item – Item – Where From – Cost)
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(Image) 1 x Solar Powered pump – ebay – £12
(Image) 1 x Drip Irrigation System – Aldi – £8
(Image) 1 x Fish Tank
(Image) 4 x Empty drinks bottles – Tesco – £1.50
Various Paints – (Can’t remember, old tins of paint)
(Image) Planting Materials
5 x Plant Baskets – Holland Hydroponics – £0.50p
5 x Planting Media – Holland Hydroponics – £0.50p
1 x Bag of clay beads – Holland Hydroponics – £3.50
Materials To Get:
Return pipe for water
Supports for bottles
Cable ties or string to hang bottles
Issues so far
Well, the typical British weather has really emphasised the problem 10 fold and has screwed my plans up for using renewable energy to power the pumps.
The sheer lack of sunshine has pretty much rendered the solar powered pumps completely useless.
I’m partly glad it happened now as I was going to adapt the system to include either an electric pump or the airlift solution which would enable the system to continue working over the winter when there is absolutely not enough sunshine to power the pumps.
So, I’m going to have to adapt the system to include solar powered pumps and airlife or powered pumps.
Watch this space!