My Tower Gardens are already on second harvest this year. Newer plants on the bottom.
You just purchased your Tower Garden from my website and it is now time to plant some seeds in the rock wool cubes and begin vertical vegetable gardening in your hydroponic gardening system. Watch the video below for step by step instructions.
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These strawberries where just tiny plant starts when planted in my Tower Garden the middle of March. Now it’s Memorial Day weekend and I am picking ripe strawberries from my Tower Garden. All in just two and a half months!
My strawberries in traditional soil beds have green strawberries that show no sign of ripening yet.
The Tower Garden produces fruits and vegetables 30% faster than if grown in soil.
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I grew this strawberry in just 2 months in my Tower Garden.
Being an urban gardener with a small backyard I am always looking for urban gardening ideas. I realized the best way to use my limited space to grow vegetables was vertical gardening. I am using Tower Gardens by Juice Plus to increase my crop yield. Last year I planted my first vertical strawberry garden in one of my Tower Gardens. Click here to read a blog about it.
My Strawberry Tower Garden has been growing for 2 months.
Last fall I trimmed the runners off my strawberry plants and planted them in the soil for the winter, covering them over with straw. In the beginning of March I took one of the Tower Gardens I had stored outside, click here to read article, and prepared it to plant my strawberries in. I filled the reservoir with water and installed a 20 gallon aquarium heater, setting it to keep the water at 65 degrees. I let the Tower Garden run constantly for 24 hours to let the chlorine evaporate out of the water and to give the water time to warm up. Next I uncovered my strawberry plants and very carefully removed them from the ground, being careful not to damage the roots. Once each plant was removed I put it into a dish pan of water and very gently cleaned the dirt off the roots. When doing this be very gentle and try not to remove the fine hairs coming from the roots. These are what the plants use to get nutrients.
Strawberry on my Tower Garden I grew in just 2 months.
I cut my rock wool cubes in half and placed them around the strawberry plant roots, then put them into the Net Pot , then into the Tower Garden.
I normally have the water timer on my Tower Gardens set to run 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off, letting air get to the roots. Since we were still having cold nights I covered the Tower Garden with a Tower Blanket to keep the frost off the plants during the night and set the timer to run the water constantly during the night. Once the sun came up and was shinning on the Tower Garden and the temperature was in the low forties the Tower Blanket was removed, and the timer set back to 15 minutes intervals.
It is now mid May and my strawberry plants have strawberries that are beginning to turn red! In just two months ! This is the very best vertical container gardening system I have ever used for my backyard gardening. If you would like to have your own Tower Garden click here.
You’ll be amazed at the most luscious strawberries you will grow! Even my berries that are just turning pink taste better than any strawberry from the grocery store! You can buy aeroponic starts in season. Last year, I missed that season so I purchased ever bearing root starts, thoroughly rinsed off the soil, and put them into the rock wool. You can see last year’s post by clicking here.
You know how strawberries send out runners! Those young plants are what you want for next years crop. I let a couple dozen runners develop on last year’s Tower Garden. In the fall, I cut the starts off, planted them, and covered them with straw for the winter. Worked perfectly. Just saved myself a bunch of money with minimal labor!
Here is a short video of this year’s process.
Since we still have an occasional night time freeze Bob put a standard fish tank 20 gallon water heater in the reservoir to keep the roots about 60 to 65 degrees. This further protects the starts and speeds up their growth, I suggest a landscape cloth called “row cover“. It’s a very fine weave material that allows light to pass through and will raise the temperature from 2 to 5 degrees around your plants.
Young strawberry starts ready for spring in my Tower Garden.
Small plants are better than mature plants when planting your Tower Garden.
Row cover added to protect strawberries from freezing. I secured with cloths pins, but you can use anything.
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Links to past blog posts about growing strawberries in my Tower Gardens.
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