Farming reaches cozy, new heights

Window farming grows in popularity for cool weather, tight spaces

Growing herbs in your own window may be slightly more complex than earth gardening, but it's a great chance to recycle wares and reuse space.

Window farming grows in popularity for cool weather, tight spaces

 

 

With food security on everyone’s mind, eating local has become as popular as eating organic. And what could be more local than your own windowsill? Window farming is the city dweller’s unique solution to gardening.

Window farming, as opposed to container gardening, utilizes a vertical design to create an ideal growing environment for vegetables and herbs.

Britta Riley, founder of windowfarms.org, came up with the idea in 2008 after moving into an apartment. Living on the fifth floor, she didn’t have access to a patio and discovered that roof-top gardening was difficult.

So she devised a system where empty plastic drink bottles were inverted and connected with tubes.

Each plant would have its own bottle, and water would be fed through the system using an aquarium pump. This set-up could then be hung on the inside of a window to take advantage of natural sunlight.

The climate control of the apartment also allows individuals to grow their own produce year-round.

Although crafting your own hydroponic system from scratch is possible, kits are also available online for those who aren’t too handy. The only downside is the price tag. While the kits come with practically everything you need, the least expensive runs $140 US. M

For more info, visit windowfarms.org.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vancouver Island dance classes billed as female empowerment tool

New Comox Valley business focuses on ‘promoting positive body image’

Duncan’s Big Stick lights up red to signal COVID’s devastation of the arts

“COVID-19 has been truly devastating to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre”

Chorus expands online options to in-person rehearsal in Langford, Oak Bay

Free, non-auditioned SingYourJoy recruits those aged 16 to 29

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Bucket list: Mid-Island set to come alive with special drumming

Pair of programs scheduled to take place starting October

Cowichan Performing Arts Centre streaming new short film tonight

Standing By has been created and performed by Cowichan-raised actor Nicole Ratjen.

Voting now ready for Oak Bay’s Arts Alive 2020 sculptures

Audio and written descriptions posted for all 10 sculptures

Snuneymuxw artist brings aquatic designs to Nanaimo’s Beban Park pool

Work by artist Eliot White-Hill is being installed at the pool this month

Nanaimo musician plays all instruments on DIY debut album

Jamie Penner releasing guitar-centric instrumental record ‘Out of Curiosity’

Hospice worker and patient butt heads in upcoming Nanaimo theatre production

Yellow Point Drama Group presents ‘Grace and Glorie’ at Cedar Community Hall

Most Read