Outdoor gardening is one way to enjoy fresh, local produce, but what if you don't have space for soil beds? Using hydroponics, it's easy to grow lots of edible plants in very small spaces all year round.
Hydroponic gardening uses no soil; rather, plant roots are suspended in specially formulated clay pellets and bathed with liquid nutrients. This keeps roots tightly compacted, which allows you to hang dozens of growing plants in a single window.
You can build your own hydroponic garden using recycled materials or purchase a kit from Windowfarms, an organization that was featured at the recent World Maker Faire in New York. For instructions, visit our.windowfarms.org.
Learn more about Maker Faire and other innovations featured on the show:
- Maker Faire Overview
- The Incredible Eggbot
- Pedal-Powered Paintings, Automaton Art, and a Techie Typewriter
- Jenine Bressner's Blown-Glass Beads