Many of us have plants growing in window boxes in our houses. I have garden greens that are doing well, as long as I remember to water them.
If you keep the window box in a spot where you see if often, it is no big deal to water it. But if you have several boxes, or if you keep them in a room off somewhere, it is easy to neglect the plants.
This article describes an easy way to make a self-watering box using inexpensive materials you can find at a hardware store.
The system puts a reservoir of water under the potting soil. A wire rack covered with felt supports the soil above the water. Water can filter down through the soil and into the reservoir below.
A small pump circulates water from the reservoir up into the soil. The pump can be put on a timer so it automatically circulates for a pre-set time every day.
The system could easily be modified to water several boxes.
It is worth considering if you are getting serious about indoor grow boxes.
My sister, Laurel Christian, has plants growing in front of a sunny window in her home in St George. She is now harvesting ripe cherry tomatoes and also lemons.
Wish I had enough sunny days to do that. Where I live in Provo we don't get enough natural sunshine to ripen tomatoes during the winter. People who grow them here need to use supplemental lighting.
Maybe I need to move to St George.
That's a pretty nice looking sandwich, even if I did make it myself. Ham and cheese and fresh greens from my window box garden. I planted mixed greens about a month ago and now I have abundant greens ready to harvest. They are tasty and it is fun harvesting garden produce in the middle of February.
The national media is picking up on the container gardening trend. Yahoo's "This Could Be Big" is featuring this article about growing salad greens in a window box. The article includes a fun video. Here's the link.
First pass under a rumbling elevated subway and then walk up five flights of stairs, there you'll find a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables growing in an apartment window. Chives, red leaf lettuce, sage, basil, even strawberries, all growing above each other and next to each other like Hollywood squares.
A Windowfarm is a vertical hydroponic farm that's set up in a window and can grow certain fruits, vegetables and herbs year round based on the season, even in winter. To feed the plants, a clear plastic tube is connected to a pump on a timer that circulates a nutrient rich solution directly to your plants root systems.