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Using Microgreens Turns An Everyday Mom Into A Chef!

Using Microgreens Turns An Everyday Mom Into A Chef!

Have you noticed when you have a meal in an upscale restaurant how signature dishes are topped with miniature, multi-colored leaves?

Microgreens

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Now microgreens are becoming a familiar ingredient in home kitchens, too.  And for good reasons.  Microgreens add great color and great flavor to salads. They are a concentrated nutrient source and packed with beneficial enzymes because of their rapid growth. They are an excellent garnish for meats and other dishes. Congratulations, Mom, you’re now a chef!

Some restaurant patrons (and your family) may mistake them for ordinary garnish.  Just don’t tell them it’s healthy!

What are Microgreens?

They are more mature than sprouts but not quite as large as baby greens. These petite greens seem to be in the middle. As their name suggests, Continue reading

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LED Tower Garden Grow Lights

New LED Tower Garden Grow Lights

Tower Garden Grow Lights

Winter and gardening don’t pair together well – at least not traditionally.

But Tower Garden isn’t exactly traditional. After all, it produces plants almost automatically, with out soil.

And now with the new LED Tower Garden Grow Lights, growing an indoor Tower Garden just became even easier. Continue reading

Hardening Off Seedlings

Hardening Off Seedlings

Hardening Off Seedlings

If you’re like me, you’ll eagerly await the day you can transplant your seedlings that you have started in your Seedling Starter Kit outdoors. But for best results, you should introduce your plants to the outside world gradually. This is a process called “hardening off seedlings.”

When you start seedlings indoors, they know only the stable, safe conditions of your home, where they enjoy consistent temperature, Continue reading

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

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

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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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 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

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 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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