If you like the idea of growing your own veggies, but have been brushing it off because you don't have a backyard...brush off no more. Spring is here, and for urban dwellers with no access to soil, hydroponic window gardening is a way to grow fresh veggies indoors.
"Window farming," as it is called, is catching on in New York City and beyond. Window farmers use recycled 1.5 liter water bottles, clay pellets, plastic tubing and inexpensive fish tank air pumps to create their indoor gardens. There are now 4,000 registered users at windowfarms.org. Farmers are tending to their greens everywhere from the U.S. to Italy, Israel and Hong Kong.
The window farms Web site provides instructions on how to put together a system that grows three plants. The materials will cost about $30 — and not all of them are traditional gardening supplies: water bottles, an aquarium air pump, air valve needles (like the kind you use to pump up a basketball), and a hanging system designed for displaying art.
And it's about to get easier. For people who are excited about window farming but not so gung-ho about starting from scratch, creator Britta Riley, 33, says her group will soon begin selling window farming kits.