WINDOWFARMS DENMARK

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Window farm buildup

Deluxe windowfarmsPosted by Jakob Lange Tue, February 07, 2012 22:19

Deluxe WindowFarm

1. This is how to assemble a WindowFarm using 5 standard terracotta pots and a bigger size for water reservoir.

2. Drill two holes in your window frame with the distance of the diameter of your terracotta pots. Here you fasten two hooks and hang the coated wire on the midpoint.

3. Find all of your 12 small aluminum fixtures.

4. Assemble the wire and fixtures into a joint like this.

5. Move the joint to the desired height.

6. With a little patience you are able to find the perfect distance between the fixtures. The coated wires should hold firmly around the pots.

7. Carefully remove the pot and measure the distance between the two fixtures.

8. Now start from the top and work your way downwards using the same distance between each joint. Use the bigger terracotta pot at the bottom.

9. After some adjustments, your setup should look something like this.

10. Make sure all pots are leveled and are not tilting outwards, inwards, left or right.

11. Find your plastic cups and make sure that water can drip through the bottom. If there are not enough holes… drill some more!

12. The plastic cups should fit like this.

13. Now strap the tube to the side of the cups with plastic strips.

14. Make sure to have enough tube left at the top. Use a rubber band to adjust the perfect angle of the tube end.

15. Paint the inside of the lowest pot with lacquer to protect it from… water!

16. A suction cup forms a perfect joint for the water tube. Drill a hole with a smaller diameter than the tube and glue it on top of the hole in the pot. Then seal the edges with a final layer of lacquer.

17. Squeeze a tube through the suction cop and connect it to the water reservoir.

18. Connect the tubes as shown in this diagram.

19. Make sure that you have enough "water tube storage" to prevent air flowing the wrong way into the water reservoir. Height of windowfarm = length of "water tube storage"

20. If needed you can add another adjustment valve for a better control of the air flow.

21. Connect a timer and set the it at intervals of 15minutes ON – 15 minutes OFF etc.

22. Fill the plastic cups with Leca balls.

23. To avoid the drops to travel on the underside of the pots, you can glue a rubber band around the hole to create a drip edge.

24. To ensure noiseless dripping you can attach a string to the pot hole. The water drops can then travel down the string without making any sounds.

25. Add your plants. FINAL



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Posted by Dennis Tue, September 06, 2016 14:46

Great Windowfarm. I want to make onsje by this example for replacement of the original bottles. My only question what kind of lacquer did you use? And isn't it harmful for the water and plants?

Posted by Nikolaj Sat, April 16, 2016 13:53

Jeg kan simpelthen ikke få mit pumpesystem til at fungere, selvom jeg har fulgt ovenstående diagram. Mit slange reservoir er 3m x2 og løftet til planter er 2m x2, men der kommer kun luft og bobler ud Nogle ideer til noget der let at overse, eller misforstå?

Posted by Christian Mebus Thu, November 20, 2014 17:39

Hej Jacob

Super spændende projekt! Jeg vil anbefale dig at lave det til en forretning. Personligt vil jeg gerne give 100-200 ekstra + forsendelse for bare at købe en pakke med materialer og en brugsanvisning. Jeg tror der er mange andre der har det på samme måde. Evt. skriv hvis det er en god idé? Du vil højst sandsyneligt kunne få mængde-rabat på diverse objekter der skal bruges og derved øge indtjeningen.

Vh. Christian

Posted by Fredrik Lyhne Mon, May 26, 2014 12:43

Hei Jakob, Flott oppsett du har! Takk for at du deler.

Jeg har et spørsmål. Kan den pumpen du bruker brukes til to rader med planter?

Posted by Mads Garff Tue, April 01, 2014 17:42

Hej,

Hvad bruger du 'one-way valves' til?
Jeg kan ikke helt regne det ud.

Mvh
Mads

Posted by Jakob Lange Thu, September 05, 2013 20:12

Hej Kristian

Eheim 100 har en luft udgang Eheim 200 har to udgange, så det kommer helt an på hvor mange slanger du skal trække.

Eheim pumpen er meget støjsvag.

Jeg har boret et hul der er mindre end slangen, så de sidder så tæt som muligt.

Vh Jakob

Posted by Kristian Thu, September 05, 2013 10:46

Lige et spørgsmål mere.

Er det virkelig nødvendigt at købe den store Eheim 200 pumpe? Burde en Eheim 100 ikke kunne klare det også? Umiddelbart er de lige kraftige?

Og hvor støjsvag er pumpen?

Mht. sugekoppen har du så boret et hul i koppen så det passer præcist med slangen? Kan se du har valgt en Eheim kop, den skal jo passe ret præcist i med vandslangen for at det holder.

Posted by Jakob Lange Tue, September 03, 2013 21:31

Hej Kristian
Jeg tror at du kan købe en sugekop i f.eks. Silvan
Vh Jakob

Posted by Kristian Roege Thu, August 29, 2013 13:01

Hej

Jeg kunne godt tænke mig at vide hvor du har købt den der suction cup henne?

Posted by Hysk Wed, August 07, 2013 01:12

Thanks
How big is your watertank, and how long does it last?
How many plants are feeding?

Posted by Jakob Lange Tue, August 06, 2013 03:39

Hi Hysk

The length of the "water tube storage" depends on the height that the water needs to travel. So if you have a window height of 4 meters, I would probably use a 4 meter "water tube storage". This is just a guess though. If you experience bubbles in your water reservoir you need a longer "water tube storage".

Regards, Jakob


Posted by Hysk Mon, August 05, 2013 19:07

Is there any rule of thumb with regard to the length of the "water tube storage"?

Posted by Hr. Blumensaadt Thu, May 16, 2013 11:24

Hej Jakob.

Efter at have læst artiklen i Samvirke, blev jeg også hooked. Jeg har længe tænkt på at lave et vertikalt jordbærbed, men følte mig ikke overbevist om at nedløbsrør var så pænt i min have. Ja, jeg har en stor have og kunne også bare plante jordbær på vanlig vis, men jeg ville nok glemme at vande dem.

Da jeg i forvejen er akvarist og havde en del af udstyret liggende, valgte jeg at bygge 3 rækker med hver 4 potter. Mit problem er nu, som andre også har været inde på, at få delt luften fra én pumpe til alle 3 rækker. Da jeg ikke kan være sikker på at volumen i alle 3 rækker er ens, kan jeg ikke regne mig frem til hvordan jeg får alle rækkerne til at køre ens.

Jeg har prøvet adskillige forskellige metoder at koble det sammen på, men det vil bare ikke virke når alle rækker fødes med luft fra én pumpe. Det ender med at den ene rækker kører fint men de to andre mere eller mindre er inaktive, endsige har negativ virkning da de deles om luften. Jeg skal og må altså sørge for at hver række har samme luft til rådighed, så den ene rækker ikke tager det hele.

Alt andet fungerer fint, men jeg må nok investere i en pumpe med flere separate udtag.

Eller, har du eller andre en genial løsning til et diagram?

Posted by Mads Mon, May 13, 2013 23:30

Hej,

først super fedt at se så fin en guide og så mange fine kommentarer =)

Ville lige hører om andre har oplevet at deres planter bliver misfarvet af at vand med gødning drypper på planterne? mine bliver sorte og ligner lidt de er ved at visne, så har droppet gødningen og der ser bedre ud nu.

Jeg bruger en gødning der hedder "ECOstyle - stueplantegødning" fra silvan, der står at den ikke skulle misfarve bladene, men der står også at den ikke lugter grimt (men det er vel også en smagssag =) )

p.s. jeg har kopieret systemet fra delue modellen, men i stedet for pumpe til at vande, har jeg krukker hængende over mine plantekrukker og bruger så en uldsnor til at lede vandet, gammelt trick =) skal dog sørge for at der altid er vand i krukkerne, og skal stadig have noget til at opsamle vandet under.

Posted by Jakob Lange Tue, March 12, 2013 21:41

Hej Michael

Hvis du kigger på mit seneste diagram, har jeg fundet en løsning som ikke benytter en tilbageløbsventil. Problemet er de let stopper til med alger og de kræver derfor at du renser dem ofte.

I stedet benytter jeg det som jeg på diagrammet kalder "water tube storage", som i princippet er en lang vandsøjle der forhindrer at luften løber den forkerte vej.

Venlig hilsen Jakob

Posted by Michael Sun, March 10, 2013 11:55

Hej Jakob

Jeg har netop lavet et tilsvarende system, men er dog løbet ind i et problem, som jeg håber du kunne udrede for mig. I din "bestillingsliste" linker du til en tilbageløbsventil, som i princippet fungerer optimalt når man sætter den sammen med pumpen, men dog ikke i forbindelse med vandreservoiret. Det virker som om, at vandet ikke kan løbe stabilt igennem, men kun drypvis.

Netop på dine billeder, virker det som om, at du har brugt en anden slags tilbageløbsventil?

Mvh

Michael

Posted by Elias Ehlers Mon, August 06, 2012 13:20

Hej Jakob,

Jeg skal til at lave min første "vindueshave", og har haft svært ved at finde svar på disse to ting, måske du kan hjælpe.

Kan man bruge jord? Jeg vil rigtig gerne bruge jord, og eksperimentere med at lave egen gødning, for at lave projektet så bæredygtigt som muligt. Håbet er at pumpen kan drives at en mindre solcelle, så man i sidste ende, slet ikke skal have ting ind udefra, men laver et selvforsynende system.

Og så det sidste, kan man dyrke hele året, eller er det kun forår sommmer?

Med venlig hilsen

Elias

Posted by Jakob Lange Mon, July 30, 2012 22:09

Hej Pernille

På en varm sommerdag bruger min windowfarm lidt mere end en litter vand i døgnet, men det kommer selvfølgelig an på hvor mange planter du har og hvor store de er. Derudover vil en del vand fordampe fra systemet.

Vh Jakob

Posted by Pernille Sat, July 28, 2012 09:24

Hej JakobHvor meget væske tror du der drypper igennem på et døgn?Kh Pernille

Posted by Jakob Lange Sun, June 10, 2012 16:19

Hej Jacob

Du skal selvfølgelig sørge for at den lak du bruger ikke indeholder giftige stoffer.

Vh Jakob

Posted by Jacob Mon, June 04, 2012 21:44

Hej igen Jakob

Da jeg er fuldstændig grøn i plante-faget, tror jeg først jeg vil tage den udfordring op lidt senere.

Den lak du bruger, er det en bestemt type? Vil jo helst ikke risikere, at komme til at bruge noget der er skadeligt.

Mvh

Jacob

Posted by Jakob Lange Sun, June 03, 2012 22:20

Hej Jacob

Rigtig god ide at benytte vandplanter til at minimere mængden af alge fremkomst. Tror dog ikke at det er nødvendigt at benytte jord. Mon ikke du kan finde nogle planter der kan tåle at deres rødder konstant er i vand. Alternativt kan du lave dit vandreservoir til at akvarium med fisk eller benytte slanger som ikke er gennemsigtige, så algerne får så lidt lys som muligt.

Vh Jakob

Posted by Jacob Fri, June 01, 2012 09:40

Hej Jakob

Jeg er netop igang med at kopiere din flotte vinduesfarm, men har dog meget lidt forstand på planter osv.

Jeg har læst at nogle typer vandplanter kan minimere mængden af alge fremkomst. Tror du man kunne tilføje vandplanter til vandreservoiret, ved at komme lidt jord i bunden og trække gummislangen op forbi jordlaget? Derved gøre systemet selvrensende?

Mvh

Jacob

Posted by Jakob Lange Sat, May 26, 2012 15:56

Hi Magnus

Question:

Did you simply copy your valve design for your second row, or do you use the same system and split it?

Answer:

Yes, The Eheim pump has two outlets and I have therefore to identical systems.

Posted by Jakob Lange Sat, May 26, 2012 15:43

Hi Alexander

Question:

If I want two rows of pots like yours, can you attach only one eheim pump and use some kind of divider to send water up both rows or do you need two? And where do you place them? Just on the floor under with the timer?

Answer:

The Eheim pump has two outlets and I have therefore to identical systems. I have done this to be able to separately control the speed of the airflow.

Yes, the pump is hidden away from the windowfarm... Electricity and water doesn't mix well, and if your system leeks just a few drops they will run down the tubes and if you are not careful - into your pump!

Posted by Jakob Lange Sat, May 26, 2012 15:30

Hi Ole

Question:

What's the diameter on the two types of posts your are using?

How much water do you approximately add to the system?

How much soil is allowed, on the roots, if any, when they are planted - and how do you clean the roots?

Answer:

The two pot has a diameter of 11cm outside for the plant pots with plants and 18cm for the water reservoir pots.

I fill the system with water almost every day currently because of the strong sun and the size the plants have reached. In the beginning I only needed to add water once every week so now I am seriously considering to either; install some bigger reservoir pots, or add another water tank somewhere near, that will pump more water into the system when needed.

When I plant the seeds I use a small growing brick that basically stays with the plant when I move it to the windowfarm.

Posted by Terle Fri, May 25, 2012 23:54

Hej Jacob.Joining the praise; really nice setup man, and thanks for sharingI wanna replicate your setup, and I have one question for the watering system.Does your's also make a constant rather annoying sound (like a coffemaker,just before it's done) as air passes through the tubes?

I don't know how to eliminate it. How high sould the watercoloum(vandsøjle) be in the tubes? Should there be any at all?

Posted by Magnus Fri, May 25, 2012 18:07

Hi Jakob,

What a great design! I´ve started building my own farm. 2 rows, 10 pots for plants and 2 water containers. I have a question close to Alex's below.

I've noticed in the online description of the water pump, that it has output for two tubes. Did you simply copy your valve design for your second row, or do you use the same system and split it?

I'm about to buy everything for the watering system, so i'm hope to do it right the first time.

For everyone else, here's my shopping list (until now) with prices (danish):

- 20m stålwire 1,3x2,6mm, Silvan, = 129,95 kr

- Klemlås alu 2,5mm pakker á 4 stk, Silvan, 4pk á 15,95 = 63,80 kr

- 13cm Ø potter, Den Grønne Hal (Christiania), 10 stk á 9 kr = 90 kr

- 17cm Ø potter, Den Grønne Hal, 2 stk á 15 kr = 30 kr

- LECA nødder, 3 kg er fint til 10 potter, 12 kr/kg i Den Grønne Hal = 36 kr.

Jeg havde allerede købt wire mm. da jeg fandt potter og LECA nødder i Den Grønne Hal. Hvis jeg kunne gøre dét køb om, havde jeg startet i Den Grønne Hal, hvor alt overstående, inkl. kroge til ophæng, snor mm. kan findes til billigere penge end i Silvan etc.

Plastpotterne kan du få gratis el. for småpenge i den lokale blomsterhandler.

Slanger, pumpe og ventiler har jeg tænkt mig at købe via http://www.akvariedirect.dk/

da de, så vidt jeg kan se, er billigst.

Posted by Alexander Tue, May 22, 2012 13:42

Hi Jakob. Have a new question. If I want two rows of pots like yours, can you attach only one eheim pump and use some kind of divider to send water up both rows or do you need two? And where do you place them? Just on the floor under with the timer? Cause they aren't really visible in your pics... Thanks, Alex

Posted by Ole Sat, May 19, 2012 11:41

Hi Jacob

Great design. I am about to do a setup based on your instructions. A few questions.

What's the diameter on the two types of posts your are using?

How much water do you approximately add to the system?

How much soil is allowed, on the roots, if any, when they are planted - and how do you clean the roots?

Brgds

Ole

Posted by Jakob Lange Fri, May 18, 2012 07:12

Hi Milos

What is the estimated price for the deluxe window garden? It is way cool!

I would estimate the full setup with 10 pots to cost approx. € 200

Posted by Jakob Lange Fri, May 18, 2012 07:10

Hi Jacob

One questiong - How do you control the amount of fertilizer you put in?

The fertilizer bottle tells you how much you need to add pr. litter.

Posted by Jakob Lange Fri, May 18, 2012 07:08

Hi Anders

How do you clean the tubes? I suppose it is algae growth that occurs?

Cleaning the tubes is needed approx. once every two months, otherwise the algae clog the tubes and the entire system stops. I dismantle the tubes and run hot water through while stretching them. This completely remove all algae again.

If it is algae growth why do you not use black tubes? Even though I can see that transparent tubes are very beautiful.

I like your idea of making the tubes black to prevent rapid algae growth. The transparent tubes allow me to see the water bubbles and help me adjust the speed of the water flow.

Be careful with transparent tubes made of PVC. Soft PVC tubes contain plasticiser which tends to slowly leach out of the material and probably into your plants.

Thanks for mentioning. My current setup is using 2 different types of tubes to test what works the best, but I will definitely not use any PVC tubes in the future.

Would it be possible to line your bottom terracotta pot with another plastic container to hold the water? This way you avoid the sealing with the lacquer. The lacquer could crack due to the moisture and ageing and hereby cause water damage.

The water container design is a little bit tricky. I have realized that my current size is a little bit small and I therefore need to add water a few times a week. I have therefore been thinking about adding a larger container nearby. The lacquer doesn’t seem to be a weak spot, since I have painted the pot with approx. ten layers.

Regards, Jakob

Posted by Jacob Thu, May 17, 2012 16:56

Very nice farm you got there, Jakob!

One questiong - How do you control the amount of fertilizer you put in?

Posted by Milos Thu, May 17, 2012 15:40

Hi Jakob.

What is the estimated price for the deluxe window garden? It is way cool!

Posted by Anders Thu, May 17, 2012 11:39

Hi Jakob

What a beautiful system you have designed. If I had large windows like yours I would not hesitate to build such a project. You made it very straight forward.

I working as a design engineer in greenmachine.dk. I have a few comments that may improve your system:

- How do you clean the tubes? I suppose it is algea growth that occurs?

- If it is algea growth why do you not use black tubes? Even though I can see that transparent tubes are very beautiful.

- Be careful with transparent tubes made of PVC. Soft PVC tubes contain plasticiser which tends to slowly leach out of the material and probably into your plants.

- Would it be possible to line your bottom terracotta pot with another plastic container to hold the water? This way you avoid the sealing with the lacquer. The lacquer could crack due to the moisture and ageing and hereby cause water damage.

Best regards, Anders

Posted by Jakob Lange Wed, May 16, 2012 20:05

Hi Erik

No worries, I have not had any problems at all with the suction cup. You just need to make sure that the hole you drill in the suction cup is small and tight enough around the tube.

Also, you don’t want to use lacquer to seal the tube and suction cup together, because you should be able to clean the tubes approx. once every two months.

Regards, Jakob

Posted by Erik Tue, May 15, 2012 08:42

Hi Jakob

Congrats on this amazing looking window farm! I have decided to build one after your example. One question: I am a little concerned about the durability of the suction cup? Will it loosen over time? Have you had any leaks? and, did you use lacquer at the edges of the cup as as around the rubber tube?

Thanks in advance!

Erik

Posted by Jakob Lange Sun, May 13, 2012 22:07

Hi Alex

Since the dripping water is constantly keeping the roots wet, you don’t need to worry about this. In hydroponic systems the plants develop a much tighter root system that is adapting itself to the amount of water your system pumps around. And as long as you have water in your system you don’t need to worry about the direct sun. My windowfarm has been running for a bit more than 3 months now and I have only had problems with the plants that need a lot of sun ie. tomatoes.

Regards, Jakob

Posted by Alexander Sun, May 13, 2012 21:12

Hey Jakob.

Looks so cool. Simple and piece full video... I'm thinking of starting my own, but i have some questions. What about moist for the plants? Does the consistent running of water create enough even in a big open space? I also worry about sun, as I don't have the same perfect sunny spot as You seem to have:) Could it work anyway with less direct sun?

Regards, Alex

Posted by collard Sun, February 26, 2012 02:26

merci beaucoup à toi d'avoir posté et bien expliqué ton projet abouti de windowfarm. Nice work! the most beautiful project that i see! good continuation and thanks again. A belgian beginner...

Posted by Cyclopussy Sat, February 18, 2012 13:51

Flot! :0)

Mvh Peter

Posted by Jakob Lange Thu, February 16, 2012 21:33

Hi Rutger

No, If the plants (tomatoes) gets to top heavy I plan to tie it to the pot above.

Posted by Rutger Wed, February 15, 2012 17:19

Hi Jakob,
That is a very nice looking design! I am only wondering if you are not afraid that the pots may become instable and fall, when your plants grow and become top heavy? Or are you only keeping smaller herbs and not tomatoes, etc?
Regards, Rutger

Posted by Mirit Bisholt Sun, February 12, 2012 10:29

Beautiful darling... I love your system