5. Hydroponic Window Farms
Britta Riley’s Windowfarms are an attractive design that can add a bit of flavor (literally!) to any window. These modular, vertical, drip-hydroponic systems repurpose landfill-bound 1.5 liter bottles to provide a low-cost solution to year-round indoor food production. You can set up this system with little maintenance, and with a little effort you’ll find yourself able to grow almost any fruit or vegetable plant year-round. And if you don’t have enough sunlight permeating your windows, no worries, these Windorfarms also take advantage of full-spectrum CFL bulbs for supplemental lighting.
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