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

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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