Back in the spring of 2011 I built this hydroponic drip system with the idea and initial plans coming from the WindowFarm.org website.
I currently have two separate systems in my Window Farm, each of which can hold 3 plants. Because the system on the left has an empty pot I actually only have 5 plants growing at the moment,...4 Basil and 1 Parsley. Each system uses a wooden dowel that I've hung from the ceiling and to which everything is connected. The net cups and clay pellets are held in upside-down water bottles with the sides cut out. The bottoms of the bottles are also cut out so each water bottle fits into the one below it. You also need to cover the bottom section of the bottles to protect the roots and I've used black duct tape on one system while on the other one I took a bit more time and painted them turquoise which i had laying around. The upside-down water bottles are attached to the dowels with a combination of cable-ties and small wire ties. I've found that new electronic gear comes with plastic covered ties which are better then the usual paper covered bread ties.
With the weather getting warmer I've been thinking about setting up my solar food dehydrator for another year. Unfortunately it's still not warm enough in this part of the world so to keep myself busy I build this little fan add-on that I'm excited to try out on the dehydrator.
Because I have a shaved head, I have more surface area to shave than the average person and at one time I was burning through razor blades at the rate of about 1 a month. Last year my good friend Urban Hippy showed me a trick to extend the life of my razor blades. Since I started using this technique to sharpen my razor blades, I have tripled the life of my blades and could probably even use them longer if I wanted to. And with the cost of razor blades approaching $5 per blade, why not use them longer.
Sprouting seeds is an easy and inexpensive way to provide yourself with incredibly nutritious food year round. Because sprouted seeds are "raw" food they don't loose their essential vitamins and nutrients which happens during the cooking process. Also, as the seeds grow, proteins, enzymes, vitamins and other nutrients increase while becoming more easily absorbed by the body (bioavailable) While you can sprout any seeds, I've only done Alfalfa and Wheat Berry although I recently read that Quinoa sprouts well so I might try that next. And when I say easy, I mean easy! Seeds, water, a jar, a screen and an elastic is all you.
I've had this latest herd of Red Wriggler composting worms for about a year but really haven't been keeping up with their health and safety. Basically I had been feeding them and then forgetting about them for long periods of time.