Melburnians who are building, testing, thinking about building windowfarms in Melbourne, Australia. Also, Melburnians who are contributing to the project by just participating in the dialogue for now.
Looking to have a crack it this and contributing to the group. Down on the Coast with only two small(ish) balaconies and a massive front window to install some of these. Hopefully will give it a go in a couple of weeks and let you know how it all goes….
Hi all. Brilliant idea, looking forward to learning a lot and hopefully being able to contribute. Lots of experience growing food in soil, none with hydro. Let the adventure begin!
I found, one of the most time consuming thing about making one, was finding all of the parts in Melbourne!
I built 3 colums, each column has 3 plant bays, and 1 reservoir.
Here is where I got all of my stuff from:
Item Where Cost
2 pack inflation needle rebel sport 2.99
budrite A+B solution fastway hydroponics 20
growrite A+B fastway hydroponics 20
Clayball scoops fastway hydroponics 2
Precision air pump (2 outlets) fastway hydroponics 20
Silicon air line 6m fastway hydroponics 10
digital timer fastway hydroponics 30
aqua one checkvalve (2 pieces in a pack) fastway hydroponics 4
pH test kit 30 mL fastway hydroponics 12
aqua one checkvalve (2 pieces in a pack) fastway hydroponics 3.74
4 mm inline valves fastway hydroponics 2.6
woolworths homebrand water 1.5L (12 bottles) Woolworths 9.12
cherry tomato plant poynton’s nursery 4.5
low heat glue gun Spotlight 10
6mm x 10 m Tube clear vinyl pope brand Bunnings 9.99
Masking tape (2 inch) Bunnings 6.99
masking tape (1 inch) Bunnings 2.74
Spray paint (2 cans) Bunnings 15.92
Hooks cup zinc plated 15mm Bunnings 3.46
tube clear vinyl fitting 6 mm joiner Bunnings 3.76
Twine 75 m Bunnings 5.98
Lettuce Poynton’s nursery 4.5
Dwarf bean Poynton’s nursery 4.5
TOTAL COST 208.79
Please check out my blog section on this website if you’re interested in how I did it.
Thanks for the heads up Jonathon. Gives a good starting point to source some things.
Thanks for the info Jonathan,
Just wondering if you have a blog or some pictures and an update on how its all going ?
Bad news Justen! My set up is no more! :_-(
The air check valves leaked after about 2 months of use, and water went down my tubes and destroyed my air pump!! So since my pump didn’t work, i had to transplant all the plants to soil. In fact, all the valves failed after a while, and I kept having to replace them, but the most recent one failed suddenly and destroyed my pump!!!
A second issue was, my plants after a while got infected with these tiny spider mites! Being indoors, the set up doesn’t have natural predators of mites and all these things, and so the mites grew like crazy, killing one of my snow pea plants!!!
I think 2 issues need to be sorted before I start up this set up again:
1/ a natural solution to pests
2/ using a set up without air check valves in the bottle, they all fail after a while
I’d be interested to see what you think??
Are you going to be building a set up still?? I’d modify the system if I were you, I already have one modified design in my head, but yet to try it!
Just put a farm together. I got a really good airpump (eheim brand), plant food and aggregate from fast-way hydroponics on Geelong road, Footscray. They are a great bunch of people to deal with. This is their website.
Hi, just saw the TED lecture and really keen to do this. In reading the instructions though I note that its recommended to use a very specific type of bottle- even down to brand. Is this really necessary? or will any 1.5 litre bottle in similar shape work?
Just saw the TED talk, great concept and always wanted to experiment with hydroponics. Perhaps a worm farm combined with the window farm would be a nice combination for a circular source of nutrients. I just wish this site was easier to navigate!
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