Urban Farming Takes a Window Seat
Urban farming has been growing in popularity, and now even more people can start a garden through window farming. In a nutshell, you grow plants without the soil right in your own window. Now that’s locally grown food.
Instead of resting horizontally in pots of soil like a traditional garden, plants hang vertically in bottles that are connected by a hydroponic system—using nutrient-packed water to grow plants without the soil. At the bottom of the hydroponic system, a reservoir pumps the nutrient solution to the top plants and the solution trickles down through the bottles. Any of the solution that the plants’ roots don’t absorb goes back into
the reservoir, which pumps the solution again once an hour. This system permits year-round harvesting and uses minimal power, space and water—perfect for an urban farmer. Check out our favorite: Windowfarms.
We love these eco-friendly gardens because they require little maintenance and provide healthy food. Other than adding nutrients every other week and cleaning the system every month, just sit back and watch your plants grow. They are ideal for growing herbs and greens, but not root veggies like potatoes.
To find out more about window farming or to purchase a system, visit http://www.windowfarms.org/.
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