Everyone likes to put plants on their windowsill. But why not take advantage of the light along the sides of the windows?
here's one way
Step 1: Cast of Characters
inexpensive curtain tension rod $3-$5. Get one that will fit inside your window's vertical height 2 extra inches or more
8-10 empty plastic soda bottles (depending on height of your window
decorative paint that will adhere to plastic
heat shrink tubing or valve-tube attachment (5/16" female threaded coupling to 1/4" male tube coupling)
about 3-4 feet of flexible tubing (aquarium type is good)
Step 2: Prepare the Bottles
cut little windows into the sides, about an inch from the bottom
Step 3: Paint the Bottles If Desired
Put the cap on the bottle and place it on a stick in the ground - this will make spray painting the bottle much easier.
Shake up the paint and spray it.
I chose a terra-cotta like color for this one
Step 4: Prepare the Bottom Bottle Cap
Remove the rubber cap from one end of the tension rod
To keep the bottom bottle from sliding off the tension rod while you are filling it with soil, cut a hole in it using the hot knife so that it will just fit on the tension rod.
Slide the lid onto the tension rod.
Replace the tension rod rubber cap.
Step 5: Add the Bottles One by One
thread each bottle one after another onto the tension rod
as you add a bottle, insert some soil and add seeds in the open windows
Step 6: Install in the Window
Take the whole thing to your window edge
Put a small dish at the bottom to collect any water runoff
Compress the tension down a couple of inches
Place in window and center in your drainage dish
Let the tension rod go
Step 7: How Do You Water It?
It consists of a spray bottle with some aquarium tubing affixed to the nozzle
The aquarium tubing is tied to the end of a bamboo stick to allow you to position it.
Squeeze the trigger repeatedly till the water works its way up the tubing.
Now you can water your vertical window planter easily without stairs or step ladders.
Second Prize in the
Hydroponics and Indoor Gardening Contest
Nord54 made it!