(First post as member!)
No under construction pictures, yet, but pictures of the space I have to work with. The plan is to work with the narrow window set on the far left to start.
- There is a curtain rod that never gets used above the windows – I can use this to suspend the columns from.
- It gets full LIGHT for 80% of the day or more – there is no obstruction as we look over a harbour (Boston where the cruise ships dock/seaport) and we are the tallest point we can see.
- I can’t use the wider section because these are french doors that open to a balcony and the other small window area is a dedicated cat-viewing/perch area. (I’m amazed there wasn’t a cat there when I took this picture)
- I already have full spectrum CFLs, conveniently, which partially factored into doing the second setup.
- I have two red and two blue LED grow lights from LED Wholesalers (12W, PAR38), already.
- The curtain rod above the windows wil be used for suspension. (I can hang from it and I’m about 130# – I wouldn’t want to do kipping pullups repeatedly on it, but is more than stable for this)
- Assorted kitchen herbs (chervil, thyme, lemon thyme, etc.) Rationale: Anything that comes in a plastic blister pack that has to be transported. I never use the entirety of these, they are $4USD per. Between plastic, the waste, the cost this is an ongoing pet peeve of mine.
- Specifically NOT doing: Parsley, Cilantro, Basil. (These come in bulk and local)
- I have 15 citrus trees (there are some in another room and some out of frame) and most aren’t doing too well (kaffir lime and calomondin orange are thriving, however). They used to be on the roofdeck of my previous place for the late spring->early fall and thrived. Wintering was always hit-miss, but this move was particularly bad. They’ve been yellowing leaves and have dropped between 50%->80% of their foliage. I suspect it is because this condo is so much moister/the soil doesn’t dry out fast enough and I’m seeing root rot. I’ve repotted them in fresh soil, but this has had very limited success.
- I’m looking at doing hydroponic citrus trees (marginally related to this community?) in the windows. Some of the trees have successfully fruited in the past. Since I’m acquiring the hydroton (per the materials sheet) for the columnar setup
- Advice needed: ANY experience anyone has doing this would be appreciated. I’m looking for setup thoughts (I’ve sketched out PVC exoskeletons for light rigging and water feeding on one end, to simple drip hoses on the other), nutrient thoughts (looking at Hoagland solutions as suggested by a few blogs – is there something better? One area I don’t have interest in is formulating my own nutrients for citrus trees)