Glass Salads… what?

3 Dec

Many of my building families are building “out there on the edge”…Β  in places where a bit more thought is taken on, before planting seeds.

For instance, that ISBU Homestead feels like paradise, until the deer and squirrels eat your garden.

Then, you’re thinking had about making trips into town, to stock up on things you thought you had covered.

Me? I’m thinking about eating well-fed venison, but hey…

The folks over at have your back though.

They’re teaching people to grow “window farms”.

(What did you think they were gonna teach – YOGA?) πŸ˜‰

Quote from (Do you support NPR.Org. If not, WHY not?) πŸ™‚

The window farms Web site provides instructions on how to put together a system that grows three plants. The materials will cost about $30 β€” 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.

Riley says that putting recycled consumer goods to use is an important part of the DIY ethic.

“We’re kind of showing that we can actually get really, really far using things that we already have available to us as consumers,” she says.

ISBU homes usually have significant expanses of glass to let the outside in.

Now, you can have the best of both worlds.

I highly recommend that you head over to and check it out.

Look at the pretty pictures and then click “Build Your Own” at the bottom. πŸ™‚

image credit: Julie Makarova


4 Responses to “Glass Salads… what?”

  1. Caitlin Stafford December 3, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    I saw a video about this on Really interesting. I love how they’ve created this open source community where people are trying and experimenting with other people’s designs. Fantastic idea sharing!

    • Renaissance Ronin December 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

      RR ISN’T just about building with containers. It’s about then taking that next big step toward adopting sustainability into your life, to lessen the hardships we face as things change around us.

      So, from time to time, we’ll talk about “Window Farms” and Water Storage and a LOT of other topics as well.

      They all integrate.

      Thanks for tuning in! πŸ™‚

  2. Dr. Tom December 28, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    And here is another use:

    • Renaissance Ronin December 28, 2011 at 10:46 am #

      Talk about overthinking… Two Words – “Video Conferencing”.

      And, this will never work in the area they’re talking about. Now, off Newport Beach or San Diego… maybe… πŸ™‚

      But, if they build it and it fails… (which it most likely will) it’d make a great “island to move to a place to ride out the oncoming storm…” πŸ™‚

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