Hydroponics : Windowfarms-Latest Trend in Urban Gardening

With the introduction of hydroponics in North America, people are no more worried about climatic irregularities or available space.
By: Jennifer Dsouza
 
 
Urban Windowfarm
Urban Windowfarm
 
Sept. 13, 2011 - PRLog -- The ever increasing urban population has always been looking for easy and creative ways of gardening that will not only provide them with fresh food but also aesthetically alleviate the immediate surroundings. Space and time both are constant concerns for an urban grower. However, with the introduction of hydroponics in North America, people are no more worried about climatic irregularities or available space. For example, consider New York, with a population of 8.2 million and land area of just 305 square miles, it has exemplified remarkable capabilities in utilizing maximum window space for hydroponic growing. New Yorkers’ desire to grow plants and vegetables all by themselves within the limited premium space available have led to this urban growing trend of window farming.

In window farming, plants are placed on vertical columns on windows, which are well connected from top to bottom with nutrient-spiked water pumped from a common reservoir. Generally, plastic bottles are connected in line to support the plant roots. With the help of pipes and timer controlled pump, nutrients trickle down from one plant to another from top of the window, circulating throughout the system. Unused nutrients and water are collected and re-pumped making window farming an economical method of decorating your windows. Hydroponic plants use the window space efficiently as they have comparatively denser roots than soil plants. This compact root structure can be contained in the hanging bottles that are centers of attraction in urban window farms.

Recently, the most populated area of Scandinavia; Stockholm, Sweden exhibited their adaptation of window farming at Kulturhuset (the House of Culture). Ekoteket, an eco-friendly café in Kulturhuset, displayed its huge windows beaded with hydroponically grown tomatoes, sweet peppers, and strawberries shadowing its customers from the external urban world. It definitely inspires the city residents like us with limited options for space, to think about adopting hydroponic window farming as an alternative to fulfill their gardening dreams. This do-it-yourself, productive attempt of making our limited living structures greener and beautiful would definitely reach out to the whole world in near future.

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