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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Hydroponic Gardening - How to Bring the Garden In by Katherine LaFollette

Are you like me and love to garden but don’t have enough yard space to do so?  Every year I want to plant some vegetables but my yard is too small.  I was searching the internet one night and I came across something absolutely fantastic…. Hydroponic gardening! 

In case you are like me and don’t know what hydroponic gardening is, hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, which is a method of growing plants without soil, by instead using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent.  How is that possible?!  How can you grow plants without soil?  I was skeptical at first but then I continued to read.  It intrigued me so much that I spent a good portion of my night watching Youtube videos on how to create my own hydroponic garden. 

There are many different ways you can create your own hydroponic garden.  You can make some to go outside or some to go inside your home. I decided I wanted to first try something I could put in my house so I could easily pick off the vegetable/fruit whenever it was ready.  I love strawberries and the plants aren’t too big so I decided that is what will grow inside.  I searched the web and found something called a vertical window farm. 

A vertical window farm is a unique concept that solves the problem of lighting while also creating a fascinating window display for the outside world to see.  This plan involves using containers to hold plants in a vertical rack setup.  I like to recycle, so this plan is perfect as it uses recycled plastic bottles.  How is this system possible?  Well, you will use a system of pipes/tubes to bring nutrients from the reservoir to the plants and the lighting from the natural sunlight that comes in through the windows.  This method is perfect for herbs, kale, strawberries, and chard.

A link to the video I used is attached to this blog so you can easily follow the same steps I did to create your beautiful vertical window farm.

Here are the materials you will need: Empty 2 liter bottles with caps on; ½ inch poly tubes; ¼ inch poly tubes; barb connectors; ½ end caps; ½ elbow joints; small water pump (like for small fish tanks); “S” hooks; eye hooks; a tube of silicone seal; a few lengths of chain; 5 gallon bucket.  For tools you will need: a drill; pliers; zip ties; hole punch.

Click on this link to view the video I used to create my window garden.  It is super simple and does not take much time at all!  I hope you enjoy the video and have as much fun as I did making this.

https://youtu.be/igWJ_8uq_y4


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