What Are Window Farms?

Unlike the tiny confines of a window sill garden, window farms seek to make more efficient use of all that natural sunlight just inside the glass. It’s a linear greenhouse arrangement that you could refer to as vertical gardening. This is an especially enticing approach to indoor gardening for apartment dwellers whose available floor and counter space are highly limited, and it allows growing food and ornamental plants, both year-round and during the colder months between late autumn and spring. The first window farm was made from repurposed 2-liter drink bottles back in 2009 taking advantage of huge old...

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Scotland Enters Vertical Farming with Total Automation

Commercial indoor agriculture in the UK is largely based in England and Wales with vertical farming being focused on in London. A situation that changes this fall with the launch of Scotland’s first vertical farm. There are no ZipGrow Towers here. This growing rack system could change everything. Not just in the UK, but globally. The UK’s “first commercially viable” vertical farming system installation at the James Hutton Institute, a world-renown plant science facility near Dundee, is in the final stages of completion. Upon launch, the full-scale trial grow will commence. No overnight wonder, they’ve been working on this...

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Inflatable DWC: World’s Most Versatile Hydroponics System

It’s coming. Soon. A hydroponics system that is really three systems in one, and then some. Designed in Wales, a grower can use it as aeroponics, deep water culture with bubbleponics magic inside, and easily turn it into aquaponics by adding fish to the nutrient supply line. It can also perform as an ebb and flow system, so now we’re at 4-in-1, but not at the end of the list. The guys at Phytoponics have a transparent version that will slide right into aquaculture too. Interested in indoor shrimp farming? This solves the common insufficient oxygen issue. So, it’s...

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Kenaf Fire Logs: Smart Renewable Fuel Crop

Now there’s a renewable heating fuel that burns hotter and longer than the best firewood, yet it involves no deforestation. Four years into research and development, a fire logs startup has discovered yet another use for the Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus) crop. Traditional uses for this plant include human and livestock food rich in iron and protein, animal bedding, rope and twine, carpet backing, paper, and bioplastics. Now it’s building a new economy and jobs in the Kentucky mountains and poised to erase the scars of top removal mining in coal country. Kenaf, one of the fastest growing plants in...

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Print Your Own Compact Aquaponics System

As millions seek to become more self-sufficient, to grow their own food in cities, we’ve seen a number of compact aquaponics system designs come to life. But this is the first personal aquaponic garden that anyone can make anywhere there’s a Fab Lab. Barcelona start-up Aquapioneers designed it to help more people get involved in urban gardening. Dissatisfied with a high-stress job, Guillaume Teyssié ditched his career and started Barcelona’s Fab Academy, where he met his future business partner, Loic De Goueff, who was working on completing his master thesis in Aquaponics. The two improved Guillaume’s lab-created Open Source Aquaponics...

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