I’m currently attending college at the University of Colorado Boulder and I am in cahoots with the environmental committee chair for the dorm I live in. I proposed that we should use all of the awesome windows we have to build a community window farm. If we get enough involvement we could easily split the cost among residents and so forth.
I have a few questions though. For starters – how much is the “maintenance cost” of a window farm supporting 16 or 20 plants? You have to add nutrients to the water at various intervals. Is this an expensive ongoing cost, or something that can easily be found that is a minimal expense? Also, the majority of people I spoke to so far are interested in growing primary fruit and vegetables. Strawberries are a big hit, so we will most likely try them. How about tomatoes? Are they very easy to grow, or do they take a lot of effort?
I am really hoping to get the wheels turning on this project in the next week or two, so any input would be appreciated. If I end up building it for the dorm I’ll be sure to post lots of pictures and follow up with success stories.