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6:42 pm in Completed Window Farms, Getting Started, How-Tos, Materials and Resources, posts with pitcures!, Projects in Process by Stuart McPherson

We were having trouble finding the right pump, so we decided to water manually.If the pump makes it cost prohibitive, this could work for you, it costs less than $50.

We give each column about a litre of water every 4 days. It’s only been a few weeks, but the peppers are flowering and everything is growing.

Check out the full blog: http://ebw.evergreen.ca/blog/entry/window-farms/

I’ll post the plans soon.

-Stuart

Window farming in Mar del Plata, Argentina

9:02 pm in Completed Window Farms, Education, Getting Started, International, posts with pitcures!, Projects in Process by ClaudioF

Hello friends!!

I’m from Mar del Plata city, Argentina, and want to share with you my R&D to build up our window farm project.

I’m part of the Zeitgeist Movement Mar del Plata, and we were invited to a  Free Science Expo, in which, besides windowfarming, we exposed other sustainability projects, as solar heaters, earthships and parabolic ovens.

The model was mounted in a metal framework, because we had no windows or walls to attach the wires.

I’ve used twelve 1.5 Lt Diet Coke bottles, with small cups inside. The reservoir is a 20 Lts bottle.

No alligators to hold the bottles to the wires. We holed and linked the bottles with the steel wire, and that was ok to support the weight.

A 5 Watts airpump is used: airlift works like a charm, up to 2 meters.

From a week to today, the plants are growing ok!!

The species we are showing (and growing!) are:

  • Romero (Rosemary)
  • Apio (Celery)
  • Frutilla (Strawberry)
  • Ajenjo (Artemisia absinthium)
  • Curry (a small Curry Tree)
  • Menta (Mint)
  • Oregano
  • Ciboulette (Chives, Allium schoenoprasum).
As sustrates, I have chosen a mix of perlite, vermiculite and LECA. The pump works a  few minutes/day because the sustrates are saturated with the hydroponic nutrient solution almost all the day.
No direct sunlight :( unfortunately, but the species I’ve picked, are very strong and with the artificial lighting of the showroom looks to be ok.
Now some pictures








Well, that’s all by now!! Hope my 2 cents could be helpful to anyone.
A big hug from the south to all of you!!
Happy life.
Claudio

Window farming in Mar del Plata, Argentina

7:57 pm in Completed Window Farms, Getting Started, posts with pitcures!, Projects in Process by ClaudioF

Hello friends!!

I’m from Mar del Plata city, Argentina, and want to share with you my R&D to build up our window farm project.

I’m part of the Zeitgeist Movement Mar del Plata, and we were invited to a Free Science Expo, in which, besides windowfarming, we exposed other sustainability projects, as solar heaters, earthships and parabolic ovens.

The model was mounted in a metal framework, because we had no windows or walls to attach the wires.

I’ve used twelve 1.5 Lt Diet Coke bottles, with small cups inside. The reservoir is a 20 Lts bottle.

No alligators to hold the bottles to the wires. We holed and linked the bottles with the steel wire, and that was ok to support the weight.

A 5 Watts airpump is used: airlift works like a charm, up to 2 meters.

From a week to today, the plants are growing ok!!

The species we are showing (and growing!) are:

  • Romero (Rosemary)
  • Apio (Celery)
  • Frutilla (Strawberry)
  • Ajenjo (Artemisia absinthium)
  • Curry (a small Curry Tree)
  • Menta (Mint)
  • Oregano
  • Ciboulette (Chives, Allium schoenoprasum).
As sustrates, I have chosen a mix of perlite, vermiculite and LECA. The pump works a few minutes/day because the sustrates are saturated with the hydroponic nutrient solution almost all the day.
No direct sunlight :( unfortunately, but the species I’ve picked, are very strong and with the artificial lighting of the showroom looks to be ok.
Now some pictures

Well, that’s all by now!! Hope my 2 cents could be helpful to anyone.
A big hug from the south to all of you!!
Happy life.
Claudio