Tower Garden Mistakes and Lessons Learned

Tower Garden Mistakes and Lessons Learned 2017

We went out into our garden to check our Tower Garden on the hottest day of the year so far.

The outside temperature was over 80 degrees to find our Tower Garden plants were all wilted and drooping!

All the months of growing these vegetables and they now looked like they where dead!

Tower Garden Mistakes and Lessons Learned

In the spring, we had two Tower Gardens that were producing well inside our home. We wanted them outside where they could grow with natural light and air circulation.

We had kale, collards, mustard greens, chard and parsley that were Continue reading

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Gardening in Extreme Heat

Gardening in Extreme Heat

Tim Blank the creator of the Tower Gardening growing system gave a presentation about gardening in extreme heat in Mesa, Arizona May 10, 2017. Hal Khalaf was their and made this video during the event.

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Kale Salad Recipe

Resources to learn more about the Tower Garden Growing system:

Backyard Tower Garden Blog

Juice Plus Official Tower Garden Website

Why Should I Buy A Tower Garden?

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Almost Killed Tower Garden

I Almost Killed My Tower Garden!

I went outside to pick some collard greens off one of my Tower Gardens. To my shock and horror all the plants where drooping and wilted.  I thought it was out of water. Took the cover off and looked inside. I had water, a bit low but still plenty. What is going on?Tower Garden with wilted plants

 

I unplugged the pump and pulled it out. I found the intakes where all plugged up with broken off pieces of roots and a thick green slime. It looked like Slimmer from the Ghost Busters had visited my Tower Garden. Yuck!

Unhooked the pump from the tower. Took it out of the reservoir and gave it a good cleaning. Pulled the end off and took the filter out and cleaned it with my garden hose. A soft spray and the filter was clean again.

I removed the filter, than took an old toothbrush to the outside of the filter and cleaned all the roots out of the port holes to the filter. A rinse of the filter and pump with the garden hose and all was clean again. Than put the filter back in and put the filter cover back in place. Continue reading

Kale Salad Recipe

Kale Salad Recipe

Our Tower Gardens produce kale for Linda and I year round. During the growing season they are outdoors. During the winter we have two of them inside with grow lights. We eat a lot of kale. We have it each morning in our breakfast smoothies that we make using Juice Plus Vanilla Complete vegan protein shake mix. Susie Heitmann sent me a kale salad recipe that she follows to make a delicious kale salad that is below: Continue reading

Hula Hoop Tower Garden Tomato Cage

Hula Hoop Tower Garden Tomato Cage

What do you do when you need a tomato cage for your Juice Plus Tower Garden and just can’t afford to purchase one?

You become resourceful and creative. That is what Vanessa Salazar did.

Hula Hoop Tower Garden Tomato Cage

She needed a tomato cage, right now, for her plants. She did not have the funds at that time to purchase a new one.

A trip to the lumber yard to purchase some PVC water line pipe, and to the Dollar Store to purchase some hula hoops and some duct tape.

Vanessa put the PVC pipe into the holes where the Tower Garden supports normally would go. She than duck taped the four hula hoops to them, making a homemade tomato cage.

Her creativeness to solve her needs is something that Red Green would be proud of. Great job thinking out of the box Vanessa!

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Hula Hoop Tower Garden Tomato Cage

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Other posts that you may find of interest:

How to Ensure Your Indoor Tower Garden Is a Success

Aeroponic Gardening 5 Research Backed Benefits

How to clean your Tower Garden

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5 Was to Keep Your Tower Garden Alive While on Vacation

5 Ways to Keep Your Tower Garden Alive While on Vacation

It is that time of year when many of us are concerned how we are going to keep our Tower Garden alive while we are on vacation.

  1. Grow a garden that will water itself

Tower Garden’s 20 gallon capacity reservoir combined with5 Was to Keep Your Tower Garden Alive While on Vacation aeroponic technology that requires as little as 2% of the water of traditional growing methods means you can often not have to refill the water for many days.

How often you need to refill the reservoir depends on your climate. You can often go up to 10 days without adding water to the growing system in moderate temperatures.

If you live in an area with very hot temperatures or are going to be gone for an extended time than arrange to have someone check your water level and add as necessary.

  1. Plant low-maintenance crops

If you travel frequently you should consider growing hardy plants that require little attention.

Parsley, rosemary, chives, and other herbs fall into this category. Many greens, such as kale and Swiss chard, are relatively self sufficient also. Pass on lettuce and other tender greens. These will likely bolt in the summer heat.

  1. Harvest whatever you can

Pick as much of your produce that you can and have a pre-vacation feast.

This will keep your crops from become mature and ending their life cycle. This helps to prevent disease caused by overly ripe, rotting produce on your Tower Garden.

  1. Prepare your Tower Garden before your trip

The best way to prevent problems is to make sure your Tower Garden doesn’t have any when you leave.

May sure the reservoir is full of water, Tower Tonic nutrients, and the PH has been adjusted.

If you are going to be gone for a long time use only half strength Tower Tonic to slow growth.

Move your Tower Garden to a partially-shaded area to break the hot sun reducing plant growth and the amount of water the plants need.

After harvesting your produce prune your plants. Pruning will help ensure the you have continued, healthy growth while you are away. Also look for early signs of trouble.

  1. Find a garden sitter

If you are going to be away on your trip for a week or more ask a friend or neighbor to check on your plants that are in the soil and containers.

Water them as necessary and leave them your cell number to contact you if there are any problems.

Tell your sitter to help themselves to any ripe produce to reward them for their efforts. It’s only the fair thing to do, right? The regular harvesting will help to keep your Tower Garden balanced and healthy.

To recap, here are the 5 steps to vacation proof your Tower Garden:

  1. Grow a garden that will water itself (e.g. Tower Garden).
  2. Plant low-maintenance crops.
  3. Plant low-maintenance crops.
  4. Prepare your Tower Garden before your trip.
  5. Find a garden sitter.

Now that your know how to keep your Tower Garden alive while you are off on vacation, comment below about your experiences. Where are you vacationing this summer?  Leave a comment below.

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PS: Did you know that you could be eating 26 servings of fruits and vegetables daily with out juicing? I do. Click Here to learn what I do daily, and you could be doing also.

Other posts you may find useful:

Aphids on my Tower Garden Eggplants

Keeping Tower Garden Cool in Summer Heat

Is Tower Garden Mineral Blend Organic?

Harvesting Lettuce from your Tower Garden

Photo of head of lettuce growing in Tower Garden.

Fresh lettuce growing on our Tower Garden last winter.

Our Tower Garden is full of fresh produce ready to harvest! We will be harvesting and replanting our second crop for this growing season. Linda and I have been eating from our Tower Gardens for several months now. Going out daily and picking fresh greens to make our morning Green Shake or for fresh salads. We have kale , collard, and chard  and   a variety of lettuce plants that we have been eating from since December! It is now the last week of June and the heat is beginning to make the lettuce and chard bolt and the collard leaves too tough. So it’s time to replace them with new starts. Seven months of eating from each plant. That’s remarkable!

Lettuce is one our staple vegetables. We eat one or two salads daily. Our Tower Gardens keep us supplied with the lettuce we need year round. This short video shows you how to harvest your lettuce.

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Other blog posts that you may find of interest:

Tower Garden is a Lettuce Growing Machine

Hand Pollinate Tomatoes, Zucchini and other plants in Tower Garden

Tower Garden Egg Plant

 

 

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