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About Bob Stafford

I am Robert "Bob" Stafford. I am a retired railroader. I spent 40 years in the railroad industry working in 10 different states and British Columbia. I am not one to sit in the rocking chair. I became involved with a network marketing company after their products made me well after I contracted a disease that the local medical doctors where not making any better. Once I got my health back again and decided to promote and sell the product that was responsible for my recovery I found I had no real warm market. I tried the asking people in check out lines, at restaurants, etc. for their contact information to try and sell them. I thought their had to be a better way to find sales prospects using the internet. I learned about attraction marketing and how to promote yourself and your business on line. If you would like to know more just follow this URL: http://robertstafford.funnelizer.com/attraction-marketing

I Almost Killed My Vertical Garden!

I Almost Killed My Vertical Garden!

Content updated May 30, 2018

I went outside to pick some collard greens off one of my vertical 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 hydroponic vertical 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 then took an old toothbrush to the outside of the filter and cleaned all the roots out of the portholes 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

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Kale Salad Recipe

Kale Salad Recipe

Our vertical 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 Vertical Garden Tomato Cage

What do you do when you need a tomato cage for your Vertical 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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5 Ways to Keep Your Vertical Garden Alive While on Vacation

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

  1. Grow a vertical 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 10% 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 in your vertical garden

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 to bolt in hot 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 vertical garden.

  1. Prepare your vertical garden before your trip

The best way to prevent problems is to make sure your vertical 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 vertical 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 vertical garden balanced and healthy.

To recap, here are the 5 steps to vacation proof your vertical 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 vertical 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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Harvesting Lettuce from your Vertical Garden

Photo of head of lettuce growing in Tower Garden.

Fresh lettuce growing on our Vertical Garden last winter.

Our  vertical 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 vertical 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! Continue reading

Aphids on my Tower Garden Eggplants

Aphids on my Vertical Garden Eggplants

Revised June 8, 2018. Additional content added.

I found aphids on the eggplants in my vertical garden. I had been busy with marketing events and not paying close attention to my vertical  gardens. Watch the video below and learn how  I declared war aphids and got them off my eggplants.

You can make your own all natural garden pesticide and fungicide using essential oils.

  • 32 ounces of water
  • 10 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 10 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil

Mix essential oil into the water. Pour into a sprayer and spray your plant leaves.

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Keeping Tower Garden cool in summer heat

Keeping Vertical Garden Cool in Summer Heat

Here are some tips on how you can keep your Vertical Garden cool in the summer heat.

Keeping Tower Garden cool in summer heat

Raise your Vertical Garden off the ground.

Keeping Tower Garden cool in summer heat

Vertical Garden Dolly lifting the reservoir off the hard, hot surface.

By lifting your Tower Garden off the ground you reduce the transfer of heat from the ground, or any other surface, into the reservoir. The Vertical Garden Dolly not only raises the reservoir off the ground, but also allows you to easily move it.

Add frozen water bottles to the water reservoir.

Any temperature of 85 degrees or above will put your vertical garden’s plants into distress. When experiencing high temperatures you can lower Continue reading