Hey there I currently live in Champaign-Urbana, and yes it is big on agriculture, one might even say massive. Anyway, I have always wanted a garden I can tend to and harvest when the time comes but unfortunately I live in an apartment. Yup I'm a millennial in college no money and no assets and yet I want to farm. So I decided to try, and here's what I came up with.
- No space
- Ugly carpet
- Low window count
- Rent to high
- Yard is a poop mine feild
- I have to pay for laundry
- Bus never ontime
- Sleep is a luxury not a necessity
Solution! Build a garden in a window!
I decided to build the garden in a window because I literally have no space and actual sunlight ha limited range in my space. After putting it together it worked until I added the wrong amount of nutrients but anyway let me show you how it all worked out.
1/4 in birch plywood
8x1 in plywood
PVC pipe and couplers ( depends on your setup )
1 x Sump pump
1/4 in Vinyl tubing
90 degree angle brackets
Hydroponics: [hahy-druh-pon-iks] noun the process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients but without soil.
Water enters the reservoir which is 2x the size of the Sub Grow beds reason for this is pressure equalizer. It acts as a water tower keeping the grow beds at the right level so not to flood plants the coupler/reducers block the water from going back and ensures the water stays in the pipe. evaporation is the only thing you need to worry about.
Sub Grow bed:
Hold plants and outputs water to next Sub Grow bed or bucket.
The build and fabrication process is very straight forward. so Here are pictures.
My favorite part is the k cup holders I 3D printed the lip on top holds a small k cup snugly and and grips the pipe without slipping.
Well that's it took about 8 hours to build and it was very gratifying to see the plants grow until I added to much miracle grow. I was in the midst of adding automatic PH balances and sensors to make this an IOT project but when the plants died I got discouraged so I didn't, maybe it should have inspired me.
Also, This song should play While The Glue Dries you won't regret it.