Probably will put the farm in one of these two windows
So, I’ve got all these windows in my studio, which get tons of sunlight and I’ve been dying to put a window farm in them. I think for starters we’ll do just one window, 3.5ft x 7ft. I’ve already sourced out the bottles, cups, tubing, pipes, beads, plants, etc; my main issue is that the wall around the windows is difficult to drill into. There are possible alternative methods of hanging the system, probably from the old white pipe or the metal support brackets (not the copper heating pipes or the black pipe):
old pipe and support brackets
I guess my main concern is the weight of the whole system, and if I need to drill extra supports into the wall… I did the calculations and would need two 49″ reservoirs, and the 663 pump. How heavy do you think this whole system would be (pipes, water, pump, & 16-18 plants)? I think the pump is 2lbs, does anyone know offhand the weight of the sewer pipes (and roughly how many gallons of water goes into one?)
The other big question is plants, since I’d be starting this off the regular growing season – probably won’t get the system in place until mid-september. I was hoping to grow nasturtiums, cilantro, oregano, parsley, a few kinds of basil, lettuce or chard or mustard, hot peppers, mint and cherry or plum tomatoes. Wondering how these guys will do with the light changing (I’m not super concerned about the temperature, its supposed to be a warm fall in NYC…) and also if anyone has any experience with companion planting practices in a drip system – for example – if parsley & mint inhibit each other when in the soil near each other, I suppose they shouldn’t be in vertical succession in the drip chain… also conversely, vertically preceding the tomatoes with basil plants. Also wondering if anyone has successfully grown hydroponic rosemary and/or lavender?
Update: I’ve come across this, which has a chart down near the bottom of the page with different plants and their preferred ph levels… I wonder how important it is to group them?
For now, I’ll track the progress with this Flickr photoset, and will post updates here.
If it works out, how great would it be to have this whole wall of windows be a farm!