I’m sure this has been discussed before, but for the life of me I can’t find the information I’m looking for. So, I’m starting a two-column version 3.0 windowfarm with the t-joint style lift system, and I’m trying to figure out what kinds of plants to plant. Ideally I’d like to have one column of fruiting plants, such as strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, and maybe peas or more strawberries. In the other column I’d like to grow greens and herbs, probably mostly lettuce.
I’m worried about the fruiting column for a couple of reasons. First, there’s the weight of those big plants and their fruit. Will the bead chain hold? Has anyone out there hung a few heavy plants like these using the #6 stainless steel bead chain recommended in the parts list? Should I reinforce it, or what? Mainly, though, I am worried about keeping all the plants in sync with each other. The fruiting plants will be in the same column so that I can switch their nutrient solution to something for fruiting when they’re ready, but what if they aren’t ready at the same time? What about lighting to simulate seasons? Can I give all these plants the same amount of light all the time? And, do they have different life spans/cycles? I’ve seen posts featuring some quite elderly strawberry plants, but can I expect my fruiting plants to keep producing for similar lengths of time?
If you have some experience or knowledge about these issues or other issues that I haven’t thought of yet, please let me know!