Category Archives: Vegetables

Tower Garden is a Lettuce Growing Machine

Our Tower Gardens are now just full of fresh produce ready to harvest! We will be harvesting Tower Garden is a Lettuce Growing Machineand replanting at once for our second crop of this growing season. We 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 and chard plants that we have been eating from since December. It is now the last week of June and the heat is beginning to make them bolt, so it is time to replace them with new starts. Seven months of eating from these plants. That to me is remarkable!

Lettuce has been a staple vegetable for us. We eat one or two salads daily. Our Tower Gardens keep us supplied with the lettuce we need year round. We use grow lights and bring the towers inside for the winter.[Click here for blog post about using grow lights]


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Tower Garden Sun Reflector


Photo of Tower Gardens with automobile sun reflectors around their bases.

Doug Barlow uses sun reflectors to shine more light on his Tower Gardens.

Do you have a problem with the only location you have for your Tower Garden not getting enough light during the day? Doug Barlow has this problem. His home has a high bluff on the east side that keeps that side of the house in a shadow most of the day. On the west side of the house the sun doesn’t directly light the yard area until afternoon. Having enough light is always a challenge. To help him get the maximum amount of light shining on his Tower Gardens Doug has put automobile window sun reflectors around his Tower Gardens. The sun’s rays are reflected from the deck surface onto the vegetables planted in the towers, giving them more sunlight. If you have a similar problem where buildings or land features are blocking the sun causing your Tower Gardens to be in a shadow much of the day,  this idea will help you to make maximum use of the sun’s rays.

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Tower Gardens on Doug Barlow’s patio with automobile sun reflectors around their bases.

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Hand Pollinate Tomatoes, Zucchini and other plants in Tower Garden

Hand Pollinate Tomatoes, Zucchini and other plants in Tower Garden

Linda Woolsey holding Zucchini see just picked from her Tower Garden.

Harvesting Zucchini from my Tower Garden.

Are your zucchini or tomatoe plants growing like crazy in your Tower Garden? Do they have had lots of flowers but are giving little or no fruit? If you are experiencing this, it could be caused by a lack of pollination due to the decline of the native bee population. Today more gardeners have to manually pollinate their fruiting crops by hand pollination. Learning this skill is becoming important to insure a bountiful harvest from not only your Tower Garden, but vegetable plants and fruit plants planted in the soil.

What crops need to be pollinated?

All fruit plants and vegetable plants that have flowers need to be pollinated.

Self Pollinating Plants

Some plants contain both male and female parts to self pollinate and produce fruit. Some of these are:

  • Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Some Cucumbers
  • Peas
  • Strawberries
  • Some Cucumbers

Separate Male and Female Flowers

  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Pumpkins

Signs that you need to Manually Pollinate

  • You see no bees, butterflies, or other pollinators such as flies
  • You are growing inside
  • Flowers or immature fruit shrivel up and fall off the plant before the fruit sets on
  • Plant dies

Watch this short video to learn how to pollinate all plants.

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Planting seeds for your Tower Garden

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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 aeroponic gardening system. Watch the video below for step by step instructions.

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Tower Garden is a Kale producing machine!


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Long stems on kale plants due to harvesting leaves from them the past 5 months.

These kale plants have been growing in my Tower Garden since November. It is now Memorial Day Weekend. The long stems on the kale plants is where I have been picking the kale leaves the past 5 months. As I harvest the kale in this Tower Garden it just continues to grow more leaves and get taller.  Tower Garden is one mean kale producing machine!

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Healthy Living Positive Effects of Fruits and Vegetables

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Kale growing on our Tower Garden that we pick to make our green breakfast shake.

Bob and I often have people tell us how good our skin looks. That we have a healthy glow.

We have always attributed this to taking our  Juice Plus daily and eating lots of fruits and vegetables in our diet.

We have a green shake made with kale and other greens from our Tower Garden, seeds such as flax or chia, rice milk, fruit and 1 scoop of Complete shake mix for breakfast every morning.

For lunch we have another Complete shake which we often add fruit in order to have a variety of flavors. Dinner is mostly a vegetarian meal of more vegetables, fruits and non gluten grains.

I recently read an article that explained why people were noticing our “glow”.

This article explained some of the more noticeable ways the foods we put in our bodies, including fruits and vegetables, can affect how we look, feel, and what we excrete.

If you have ever experienced asparagus pee (characterized by a potent sulfur smell), garlic body odor (when every pour of your body seems to be exuding the stench of garlic), pine nut mouth ( a metallic taste in your mouth), or a nutmeg high (too much is hallucinogenic), you know what I’m talking about.

Most of the food effects discussed in this article are harmless, if less than welcome. But it got Bob and I thinking about the positive effects fruits and vegetables can have on our bodies and what they tell about our overall health.

Fruit and Vegetable Effect: Sweet potato skin

What it is: The healthy glow you get from eating lots of sweet potatoes or other carotenoid-containing fruits and vegetables.

What Causes It: Carotenoids (the yellow-red pigments in fruits and veggies such as sweet potatoes, pumpkins, red peppers, and carrots).

What’s Happening: A diet high in carotenoids has been shown to support skin health by giving your complexion a rosy glow after just six weeks of increased consumption.[1] These plant pigments accumulate in your skin, literally changing its color. That’s a good thing, because carotenoids are antioxidants, which means in addition to making you look better, they’re also protecting your skin against UV damage.

Fruit and Vegetable Effect: Blueberry brain

What It Is: The mental clarity you find from eating blueberries every day.

What Causes It: Anthocyanins (the red, blue, and purple pigments in fruits and vegetables like blueberries, purple cabbage, and beets).

What’s Happening: Anthocyanins are thought to increase signaling in the brain. That could be why eating them has been shown to support mental health, improving memory, learning, and mood. [2],[3]

Fruit and Vegetable Effect: Apple breath

What It Is: The sweet breath you get from chomping on apples.

What Causes It: Fiber.

What’s Happening: When you eat crunchy, high-fiber foods, your mouth makes more saliva, and the oxygen in saliva inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Apples also support oral health because they’re particularly effective at cleaning your teeth, removing the food particles that bacteria so love.[4]

Fruit and Vegetable Effect: Leafy green eyes

What It Is: The visual clarity that comes from consuming plenty of leafy greens.

What Causes It: Lutein and zeaxanthin (the yellow pigments in leafy greens like kale and spinach, as well as some yellow vegetables such as corn).

What’s Happening: Numerous studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin support vision health. Specifically, they protect against age-related macular degeneration — the leading cause of blindness in people over 55.[5] These pigments actually collect in the macula of the eye, where they act like a shield to filter out damaging UV light.

Fruit and Vegetable Effect: Broccoli mood

What It Is: The good mood that comes with being a regular broccoli eater.

What Causes It: Folate.

What’s Happening: Folate, also known as folic acid when consumed in supplement form, is an essential B vitamin. Folate deficiency has been linked to depression. This may be because folate helps the body make neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, which support mood health.

While you may not want asparagus pee or pine nut mouth, I’m guessing you’d love to have sweet potato skin, blueberry brain, apple breath, leafy green eyes, and broccoli mood! Have you noticed what positive effects eating fruits and vegetables has on your health? To read the full article click here.

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Gardening Heirloom Seeds vs Hybrid Seeds

Those who have been in the gardening scene for a while may have become aware of the growing battle between the use of heirloom, hybrid, and GMO seeds.

Recently, there have been arguments over the implications of using these different types of seeds but a lot of misunderstanding has occurred as people aren’t too familiar with the distinctions between each seed type.

To get a better understanding of the differences, check out the infographic created by Organic Lesson, which will give you a better understanding of how heirloom seeds differ from GMO and hybrid.

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Heirlooms seeds are available from many sources.

There is no concrete definition that every gardener can agree upon on when heirloom seeds were introduced but one thing for certain is the process of creating them.

Heirloom seeds come from open-pollinated plants that pass on the same characteristics from the parent plant to the child parent. Most gardeners refer to this process as breeding true.

Hybrid and GMO seeds, on the other hand, do not breed true.

Hybrid seeds are produced when two different types of plants are cross-pollinated. This can happen naturally as long as the two different plant types are compatible to each other.

As for GMO seeds, they can only be produced in the labs. Scientists and lab technicians use unnatural methods like gene splicing to produce seeds that will eventually grow into plants with desirable traits.

Although hybrid and GMO seeds can lead to plants with important traits like disease-resistance, there are certain benefits that can be gained from heirloom seeds that cannot be applied to the other types.

For example, hybrid fruits and vegetables are known to have better taste and flavor. Some varieties are known to also contain more nutrients than hybrid fruits and vegetables.

Aside from that, it is also important to understand why it is vital for us to keep heirloom seeds in the loop.

Heirloom seeds play an important role in helping us maintain the genetic diversity of plants. Without heirloom seeds, hybrid seeds would not even exist. The next time you head to the gardening store to buy some new seeds, consider getting heirloom seeds first and foremost.

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