Since flowering plants need different nutrients, do most people have separate columns for each? For example - tomatoes, peas, snap beans, peppers in their own column, and lettuce, dill, cilantro, herbs, plants you don’t want flowering in another column? Thank you.
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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.
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.
Hello, I’ve attempted my first window farm this week as a prototype for class. It’s been a bit difficult to find proper supplies in Hong Kong due to language barriers. Challenges and questions I’ve come across while exercising my poor engineering skills. I will be using black socks to cover the bottom of the bottles.
1. My seedlings have already been attacked twice with aphids and fungus gnats in it’s growing plugs. I had to start a fresh batch. If the seedlings are already so sensitive to the moisture and humidity, how soon will my window farm be attacked by these pest? Anyone have experience with handling this in a humid country?
2. My tubing is too stiff to direct it away from the seedling. I’ve seen some systems using a toothpick or wooden chopstick, but my result was a moldy chopstick. I ended up using a fishing wire just to hold it down and a tape to keep the tube in place. I obviously need to find a better alternative.
3. Reservoir problem. Due to the limited space in HK, I don’t have the luxury to have a big bottle for reservoir so I attempted to use a ketchup bottle on the bottom. I found the tip was a good way to plug the tubing in (I still need to reinforce it with plumbers tape, but haven’t found it yet).
4. Cutting through plastic was the biggest challenge. I am not a very handy person, but I attempted to use the drill to make some holes on the bottom of the bottles but the bottom is thicker than the rest of the bottle, so I am not able to cut through it. In the end, I made a big circle but the bottles don’t fit perfectly. Any suggestions? I thought about using sticks to reinforce it.
5.I wanted to try out using water beads instead of clay pellets. Anyone have any success in it?
(First post as member!)
No under construction pictures, yet, but pictures of the space I have to work with. The plan is to work with the narrow window set on the far left to start.
- There is a curtain rod that never gets used above the windows – I can use this to suspend the columns from.
- It gets full LIGHT for 80% of the day or more – there is no obstruction as we look over a harbour (Boston where the cruise ships dock/seaport) and we are the tallest point we can see.
- I can’t use the wider section because these are french doors that open to a balcony and the other small window area is a dedicated cat-viewing/perch area. (I’m amazed there wasn’t a cat there when I took this picture)
- I already have full spectrum CFLs, conveniently, which partially factored into doing the second setup.
- I have two red and two blue LED grow lights from LED Wholesalers (12W, PAR38), already.
- The curtain rod above the windows wil be used for suspension. (I can hang from it and I’m about 130# – I wouldn’t want to do kipping pullups repeatedly on it, but is more than stable for this)
- Assorted kitchen herbs (chervil, thyme, lemon thyme, etc.) Rationale: Anything that comes in a plastic blister pack that has to be transported. I never use the entirety of these, they are $4USD per. Between plastic, the waste, the cost this is an ongoing pet peeve of mine.
- Specifically NOT doing: Parsley, Cilantro, Basil. (These come in bulk and local)
- I have 15 citrus trees (there are some in another room and some out of frame) and most aren’t doing too well (kaffir lime and calomondin orange are thriving, however). They used to be on the roofdeck of my previous place for the late spring->early fall and thrived. Wintering was always hit-miss, but this move was particularly bad. They’ve been yellowing leaves and have dropped between 50%->80% of their foliage. I suspect it is because this condo is so much moister/the soil doesn’t dry out fast enough and I’m seeing root rot. I’ve repotted them in fresh soil, but this has had very limited success.
- I’m looking at doing hydroponic citrus trees (marginally related to this community?) in the windows. Some of the trees have successfully fruited in the past. Since I’m acquiring the hydroton (per the materials sheet) for the columnar setup
- Advice needed: ANY experience anyone has doing this would be appreciated. I’m looking for setup thoughts (I’ve sketched out PVC exoskeletons for light rigging and water feeding on one end, to simple drip hoses on the other), nutrient thoughts (looking at Hoagland solutions as suggested by a few blogs – is there something better? One area I don’t have interest in is formulating my own nutrients for citrus trees)
I am trying to grow herbs in my windowfarm. I bought the fresh herbs in a shop and replanted them into my windowfarm.
The plants are still alive, however some of the leaves on the plants have died, especially the basil does not look to good. I checked the pH and it was about 7 so I am trying to lower it, hopefully this will fix the problem.
Are other people having problems with the leaves on their plants dying?
How do you deal with different plants that have different water needs?
I imagine rosemary (dry) and Basil (humid) just to mention extremes…
Is it a problem at all in Hydro culture since as I understood the concept, the water runs through instead of staying in the single compartments for the plants?
I have pretty deep and wide, but not very high cut outs for my windows, so I would prefer to go in with than in hight.
My idea was to get several pull up bars that are used to spread in door frames in the window cut outs and hang a flower box on it.
Repeating that maybe three times underneath each other.
In summer I would keep it outside and get it in in winter.
Has anyone done something like that before or has a source in mind where to find ideas?
I am aiming to grow herbs only. That’s why I’m also not sure if it makes sense to use a real window-farm like model with permanent water dripping and hydro culture since some herbs prefer it rather dry…
Also some need quite room which is why I am unsure if those small bottles would do the job…
Is there any expertise on that?
I just installed a new windowfarm in my girlfriend’s studio, I’ll post some updates as they seem to progress, same design as my loft farm.
This is a 3 bottle Tvalve airlift with several herbs
Purple Opal Basil
They will be grown organically with the General Organics Nutritional lineup.
I’ll be adding another tower to the other side, eventually.
On my 3rd try of my window farm so far I thought I have been doing everything right. I got a ppm meter and am keeping my nutrient solution right where the bottle says to keep it (Pura Vida Grow 784 ppm), I am adding hydrogen peroxide about every 3 days and about an oz (I have a 1.25 L tank). I also got Humic acid and I added that to my system. The ph is right around 7. I used root riot plugs and then put the seedlings into my system with the hydroton clay pellets. Everything was growing great until just recently everything started dying, first the oldest leaves on the plants and gradually everything and things started turning yellow. I dont know what to do or even what I did wrong. Here are some pictures I took today or my plants. Help my plants please.