The Windowsill Hydroponic Money Saving Garden

The windowsill hydroponic money saving garden helps you save $40 or more a year on the family food bill by growing fresh, succulent salads right on your favorite windowsill!

| November/December 1977

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    The "new, improved" hydroponic tank designed and built from odds and ends and a few purchased items by Jim DeKorne in January. The author states that this - by far - has been the most successful of his homebuilt windowsill hydroponic systems.
  • Learn about the windowsill hydroponic money saving garden. This is the basic $1.00 hydroponic tray made from an alum foil roasting pan that is described in the accompanying article. Please note the fiberglass insulation wrapped around the tray to protect its contents from sudden temperature changes.
    Learn about the windowsill hydroponic money saving garden. This is the basic $1.00 hydroponic tray made from an alum foil roasting pan that is described in the accompanying article. Please note the fiberglass insulation wrapped around the tray to protect its contents from sudden temperature changes.
    Photo by James B. DeKorne
  • Here's the $30, fully automatic hydroponic growing unit manufactured by Miracle Gardens, Inc. An electric preset (by you) timer automatically floods the plants in the tray with fertilizing solution any time during the day or night that you desire.
    Here's the $30, fully automatic hydroponic growing unit manufactured by Miracle Gardens, Inc. An electric preset (by you) timer automatically floods the plants in the tray with fertilizing solution any time during the day or night that you desire.
    Photo by James B. DeKorne
  • Diagram: Setting up the windowsill hydroponic garden 2.
    Diagram: Setting up the windowsill hydroponic garden 2.
    Illustration Based on Drawings by the Author James B. DeKorne
  • Fourteen and a half ounces of trimmings taken from just two of the DeKornes' windowsill hydroponic tanks on March 9, 1977. Jim DeKorne, author of this article, states that the growth in the containers was so thick that it had to be trimmed!
    Fourteen and a half ounces of trimmings taken from just two of the DeKornes' windowsill hydroponic tanks on March 9, 1977. Jim DeKorne, author of this article, states that the growth in the containers was so thick that it had to be trimmed!
    Photo by James B. DeKorne
  • Diagram: Setting up the windowsill hydroponic garden 1.
    Diagram: Setting up the windowsill hydroponic garden 1.
    Illustration Based on Drawings by the Author James B. DeKorne

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  • Learn about the windowsill hydroponic money saving garden. This is the basic $1.00 hydroponic tray made from an alum foil roasting pan that is described in the accompanying article. Please note the fiberglass insulation wrapped around the tray to protect its contents from sudden temperature changes.
  • Here's the $30, fully automatic hydroponic growing unit manufactured by Miracle Gardens, Inc. An electric preset (by you) timer automatically floods the plants in the tray with fertilizing solution any time during the day or night that you desire.
  • Diagram: Setting up the windowsill hydroponic garden 2.
  • Fourteen and a half ounces of trimmings taken from just two of the DeKornes' windowsill hydroponic tanks on March 9, 1977. Jim DeKorne, author of this article, states that the growth in the containers was so thick that it had to be trimmed!
  • Diagram: Setting up the windowsill hydroponic garden 1.

The windowsill hydroponic money saving garden helps you save on the grocery bill by growing your favorite fresh produce indoors.

James B. DeKorne — who lives with his family on a small homestead near El Rito, New Mexico — has had several articles published in MOTHER, including: "Hydroponic Greenhouse Gardening" (MOTHER NO. 29, pages 68-71), "Yes, Virginia, There is a Free Lunch . . . It's Called the Solar Greenhouse" (MOTHER NO. 36, pages 101-104), "Organic Hydroponics" (MOTHER NO. 39, pages 32-35), and "Feedback on Organic Hydroponics" (MOTHER NO. 40, page 30). — The Editors.


The Windowsill Hydroponic Money Saving Garden

See the hydroponic garden diagrams in the Image Gallery.

Longtime MOTHER readers may remember my articles on greenhouses and hydroponic gardening that have appeared in past issues of this magazine. They may also recall that my original interest in those subjects was whetted because I live in the northwest corner of New Mexico . . . where growing seasons are short and rainfall is scant.



A few years ago, I slowly became fascinated by the idea of using one or more hydroponic greenhouses to beat these gardening limitations. And then, before I knew what was happening, I found my fascination turning almost into an obsession. Darn it! I really began to relish the challenge of growing an absolute maximum amount of fresh, tasty food in the smallest practical space over the longest possible period of time. Result: My family's experiments with hydroponic window boxes last winter convinced me that almost anyone should be able to produce an amazing amount of green and leafy salad fare in just an average-sized window.

The Hydroponic Gardening Began Last December

On December 18, 1976, we planted three 11 by 19-inch hydroponic gardens with lettuce and Chinese cabbage seeds and placed them in our bedroom window. We added a fourth tray to the first three on January 21, 1977.





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