Category Archives: Urban Gardening

Tower Garden Starting Seeds

Seedlings in my Greenhouse wated with Tower Tonic

Seedlings in my greenhouse that I water with Tower Tonic

Starting seeds in rock wool cubes for your Tower Garden? Once the seeds have sprouted, I use a weak solution of Tower Tonic.  I use a solution that is about 25% of the normal ratio.  Once the seedlings are put into your Tower Garden use a 50% solution of Tower Tonic for about the first month and then progress to the full solution as your plants become bigger.  This works well when you are starting with all new plants, like you would do in the spring.

I also use normal strength Tower Tonic on my soil plant starts that will be transplanted into my traditional soil garden. Tower Tonic is the best all around fertilizer, and it’s organic!  “But what about the cost?” you ask.  Just $40.00 of Tower Tonic could easily last all summer!

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Tower Garden Winter Nutrients

During the cool months it is important to add nutrients to your water very time you fill your Tower Garden reservoir tank. I normally premix a 5 gallon bucket of water. I fill the bucket and

Tower Tonic

Tower Tonic

let it sit for a day to help the chlorine clear from the water. The following day I add the recommended amount; 100 ml of Tower Tonic A and Tower Tonic B to the bucket. I than add water to the reservoir as needed.

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Gardening – Help Bee’s Pollinate!

This is a zucchini blossom with the bee doing its work!  To help out the pollination, I go out early each morning and use a feather to brush each blossom center, thus spreading pollen from male to female blossoms.  It really does work and it increases my yield dramatically.

Bee pollinating squash blossom on my Tower Garden.

Bee pollinating squash blossom on my Tower Garden.

The second photo is a beautiful cucumber blossom.

Cucumber blossom on my Tower Garden.

Cucumber blossom on my Tower Garden.

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Tower Garden California Farmer Finds Solution To The State’s Water Crisis In Local Food

Here is a great posting from the Future Growing  Blog about how Niels Thorlaksson has converted his backyard into a Tower Garden farm. Instead of watering grass he is now watering 100 Tower Gardens and growing food for his local community.

http://futuregrowing.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/california-farmer-finds-solution-to-the-states-water-crisis-in-local-food/

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Tower Garden Steve Ritz Amazing Green Bronx Machine

Steve Ritz Green Bronx Machine

Steve Ritz photo from Green Bronx Machine Facebook page.

Steven Ritz is a school teacher in the South Bronx of New York City. Stephen has been working to teach his students and the community how to grow their own food in the South Bronx. Bob and I had the wonderful experience of listening to him as a speaker at the Juice Plus Leadership in Phoenix in April. Steven is just a bundle of energy! He has founded a non-profit organization Green Bronx Machine that has been turning vacant lots into community gardens and vacant buildings into Tower Garden Farms. This URL is a short video about what he is doing with the school children of the South Bronx.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMdSuaJj6eY&feature=youtu.be

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Tower Garden Seedling Providers

Following is a list of various providers of plant starts for your Tower Garden. The plant starts are begun in the rock wool starting medium and are a couple of inches high when shipped via Post Office Priority Mail. When you receive the plant starts open the package at once and soak rock wool in distilled water. When planting the starts into your Tower Garden begin with a Tower Tonic Solution that is 50% of the normal strength. The new plants do not need the full strength Tonic for about another four weeks when they become bigger and are ready to absorb all of the nutrients. The following document was a hand out at a Tower Garden workshop I attended at the Juice Plus+ Leadership Conference in Phoenix.

Seedling Providers Tower Garden Aerophonic Urban Vertical GardeningContact me: