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yelp, thats pretty sweet. I have seen things like that before but mainly done with cactus and succulents on patios. Man wouldn't that be the bomb in the kitchen area with herbs growing in it to season your food as you cook? That would probably work well with Strawberries too! Talk about space utilization, but that would take it to a new level.

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I believe this trend is called 'vertical gardening.' For my birthday, I got some books off Amazon, including this one:

Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre: Brett L. Markham: 9781602399846: Books

So far it's a pretty good read and talks about making the most of your space.

I am just starting my first indoor aquaponic grow bed. It will probably take me 6 months to save up and gather the supplies, but my goal is to grow my own herbs and lettuce year round off the system. Mine will look something like this. I plan to use small goldfish.

Blue Fluid Plant Heat Wood

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I have seen the gutter thing to and thats for sure awsome. Your right about the water conservation issue, water can be in short supply and takes a lot out of you if you have to hump it very far. It would be prudent to make every drop count to the max!

Now the 2 liter bottle thing...thats something I havent seen and looks pretty kick butt! Better than sending them to the land fill thats for sure!

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This has many names one of them is window farming e a great DIY solution for the apartment dweller or other indoor gardener. It's a vertical hydroponics system, that can work with aquaponics concept very easily. These "pop" bottle vertical growers install in a window and use a airlift pump to lift the nutrient solution to the top set of bottles, where gravity takes over from there.

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There are several ways to go about gardening outside during the winter if you are just a lil handy.

In the very cold climates you can increase the heat output by soaking grass clippings that you saved throughout the year, as well as using compost. Ive even seen some people run ducting from their dryer vents to help out a lil during the day. If you go all out and run a gasifier in a greenhouse to power lights and heat for deep winter growing you can supplement the heat like this lady did (though she uses no additional heat source).

Cynthia's Rabbit Warmed Greenhouse

Cynthia's greenhouse is located in North Central Idaho, in a mountainous
region that is probably a USDA class 3b or 4a for hardiness. Normally, the
last frost occurs in early to mid June while the first frost usually occurs
in early September. This is a region with a very short growing season.
Summer temperatures rarely exceed 80˚. Winter temperatures typically
reach -10 to -30˚ F in January.

In spite of this, using this greenhouse, Cynthia is able to grow fresh
produce most of the year. There is no heating in the greenhouse other than
the rabbits and the composting activity that goes on under the rabbit
cages. Using this greenhouse, she is able to begin planting things like
tomatoes, etc. in February or March. The greenhouse is located to provide
full exposure to the sun from the southeast and south. To the west, there
is a hill and trees which shade the evening sun somewhat.

With this greenhouse, it is possible to get 9-10 months of production on
about 500 square feet of growing space. Normally, in this area, the
growing season will only last 2-3 months. As an example, when visited in
December, she was still growing kale in the beds.

Cynthia's greenhouse is constructed as follows:

Overall dimensions: 14 ft. wide by 40 ft. long. Peak roof with wall
height of 8 ft. Roughly a 5-12 pitch on roof.

Construction materials: Rough cut 2x lumber for framing. East, South and
West walls and roof are formed using corrugated plastic sheeting. The
North wall is solid.

Rabbit hutches: total of 16 hutches. Two rows of eight each in the center
of the greenhouse. Hutches are 2 ft. by 4 ft. by 18-24 inches high.
Hutches are elevated approx. 2 ft off the ground and have screen bottoms,
allowing the droppings to fall through to the ground beneath. Droppings
from the rabbits are allowed to compost under the hutches. She then adds
this composted material to the grow beds in the greenhouse.

Grow beds: there are several grow beds in the greenhouse. One long wall
faces south. On this wall, there are three sets of grow beds, each roughly
18-24 inches wide, that run the length of the wall. One of these grow beds
rests on the ground. The second is elevated approx. 3 ft. above the first,
with the third elevated approx. 3 ft. above that one.

Another large grow bed is located approx. 2 ft. above the rabbit hutches.
It is 4 ft. wide by approx. 32 ft. long.

A fourth bed is located along the north wall, elevated about 6 ft. off the
ground. Like the ones on the south wall, it is approx. 18-24 inches wide
and 40 ft. long. There is a shelf below this grow bed for tools and
general work and storage space below that.

The framing for the roof extends over the center grow bed and provides
supports for climbing plants (such as beans, tomatoes, melons, etc.).
Fluorescent light fixtures are located over each grow bed and could be
potentially used for grow lights, although this is not done by Cynthia.

Ventilation: the only ventilation in the building are two man-doors in the
ends. She is able to keep the heat down in the summer simply by opening
these doors.

Composting: Cynthia allows the rabbit droppings to compost under the
cages. Media from the grow beds was originally sawdust, some sand, and the
composted rabbit droppings. She originally ordered in 1 lb. of red wiggler
worms to assist in the composting. She uses the composted material (and
worms) for all her grow beds. Very little additional fertilizer is used at
this point.

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Desert Marine i like that set up, that gives me and idea to do that with a plastic tub or with old lego tubs.

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