I have had a request to add close up photos of the strawberry farm in my kitchen window. There is probably a way to add a photo to the post I have already submitted, but I am having trouble figuring out how to do that. So, I am just making a new post. I hope this is acceptable.
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Hi. My name is Sue and I live in north Georgia. This is my first post. Today I completed my setup, added the strawberries and got the system up and running. Although the instructions suggested using plastic water bottles, I noticed someone had posted a system on Youtube that was made of hummingbird feeders that he found at the Dollar Store. I really liked the aesthetic appearance of his system, but the hummingbird feeders at my local Dollar store were so thin and flimsy that the plastic had already caved in while they were still on the shelves at the store. So I started searching and found a website (I think it was birdfeeders.com) that had a teardrop shaped bird feeder that I really liked. I removed the bottom part (the red part where the birds actually eat) and then used my Dremel tool to cut out a hole in the top for the net pots. I then attached some plastic tubing at the end for the water to run down into the next pot and finally spray painted them white, using a paint that is designed to stick to plastic. I then hung chains from the ceiling and suspended the pots using S hooks found at the Home Depot. For now, I am using the airlift system with the needles. It was a bit finicky to get started. I will admit that I spent an entire evening the other night trying desperately to get things going to no avail. So I returned to this site and found a post by Brian White that was very helpful. He mentioned that new tubes often contain an oily coating from manufacturing. This clearly explained why my system could not support the water, even though it was only three columns high. So I replaced the clear water with a home made cleaning product made of vinegar and orange peels and ran that through the system over night (luckily I had not planted the strawberries yet!) Then, in the morning, I changed it out to clear water and let the system run again to rinse out the vinegar. This worked like a dream and now my single air pump with four outlets is easily handling my eight columns. Thanks to Brian again for the video on how to set up multiple columns on one outlet. I am really excited to see the system up and running. My 77 year old mother has wonderful memories of picking strawberries from her childhood, and she is now living with me and suffering from dementia. It is my hope to be able to produce strawberries year round for her. I will post updates soon. Thanks so much for sharing the technology and your experiences. I have learned so much already just from reading everyone’s posts.
My system is pretty much a ‘light-weight’ compared to so many of the amazing four, to six column set-ups I’ve seen here. But it’s a start. Tomatoes and Cilantro. Am transferring lettuce this weekend. And I’ve really appreciated the instructions, pix and examples I’ve seen here on this site. It feels so good to complete one column from finish to start. I’m looking forward to adding more columns as the summer goes on. Peace out all.
The lettuce seed package said they wouldn’t germinate in this warm weather.
Butter lettuce sprouts. My green onions and sugar snap beans are still hiding.
I’m a little surprised the green onions are taking so long.
As the title of the post says. I’m having some trouble with root oxygen (at least that’s my assumption due to dark green soggy-looking leaves). The plant is growing quite well, but for some reason new leaves have been drooping lately. I’ve tried altering my watering schedule a few times now, but unfortunately I was unable to find a 15-minute interval timer so I’m stuck with 30-minute. So far I have tried 30 min on/off, 30 min every hour, hour and a half, two hours, four hours. [I have not been watering at night.] None of these seem to make a difference. Leaves droop regardless. The pH has been a very stable 6, and the ppm has ranged between 760 and 980 which from what I’ve read is well within the range that sugar snap peas enjoy. I’m at a loss here, and any help would be appreciated.
My system is an airlift-siphon. After several hours of playing around with the parts I had it’s the only way I could get a functional lift. I’m currently growing sugar snap peas in the top and bottom pots, the middle one snapped at the base and didn’t recover. As of right now (now being three weeks after transplant) the top plant is doing very well, while the bottom one seems to be struggling. Although it has a great deal of new growth and seems to be spreading quickly… the soggy leaves have me very concerned. The top plant has no evidence of this problem, and it seems to be confined to the bottom plant. I’ve been trimming back any leaves that stay droopy for a long period, but I’d really like to stop them from happening at all. Any ideas?
My name is Nikolai Popov, I live in Russia, in Siberia in Novosibirsk. We have six month long winter, and I use to grow plants on my window sill.
My window farm stays on the windowsill, uses the light from the window, runs from aquarium air pump, but frankly speaking it’s not a Windowfarm. Its is a homemade ebb & flow system driven by air from aquarium pump. I have three years experience growing various plants in it, and I will be happy to share what I know about hydroponics on a window sill.
Here is what my windowsill looks like right now:
Each pot houses 4 smaller pots with plants. Roots are very compact in substrate – clay pebbles, or coco coir. Nutrition solution is inside the pots, compressor is on the left, timer is not visible here.
Nutritions I use are: Flora Series from GHE or a mixture of calcium nitrate and low-nitrogen nutrition with micro-elements.
Plants are: from left to right: basil, mint, parsley; tomatoes; roses and rosemary; chillies, poinsettia and Melissa.
Internal piping to eliminate leaks.
Built in muffler.
No-drip system that decreases water loss. Read the rest of this entry →
Proposal for a new version of the Windowfarm:
It will be awesome to see this in every school, office, sportsclub etcetera!
It can also be used to give empty (office) buildings a new destination! We ‘re allready talking about this with our council in The Hague. (The Netherlands.)
Who’s gonna help us develop this version?!
Let’s build the largest Windowfarm of the world!