Aeroponic Vertical Gardening success depends on two things, water and air.
You take your glass and put it under your kitchen sink faucet and turn it on. A stream of clear, cool water fills your glass, you raise it to your lips and drink a big, satisfying gulp.
Refreshing for you…but your plants may disagree.
Tap water may be safe for you and me (some may disagree), however it’s not always the best water for plant growth. In this post you’ll learn why – and more important, what you can do about it. Continue reading
Vertical Garden Urban Farming
Our Aeroponic Vertical Garden has been in our greenhouse since mid-November growing fresh, toxin free vegetables for our salads and green smoothies this winter.
It is nice to just go outside with a pair of scissors and pick fresh greens when we need them. Salad greens don’t come any fresher than that!
This year we are growing three kinds of lettuce, Swiss Chard, Chives, Parsley, and lots of Kale on our vertical garden.
We grow the kale to use in our morning smoothies. We use a vegan protein shake mix. Each morning we add kale to our smoothie and sometime Swiss Chard for variety. We also like to add chia seeds, two teaspoons of olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon juice. Some mornings we also add some cinnamon. Continue reading
Vertical Garden Grow Lights
Winter and gardening don’t pair together well – at least not traditionally.
But gardening with an aeroponic vertical garden isn’t exactly traditional. After all, it produces plants almost automatically, without soil.
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?
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
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.
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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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.
Grow a vertical garden that will water itself
Tower Garden’s 20 gallon capacity reservoir combined with 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Grow a garden that will water itself (e.g. Tower Garden).
- Plant low-maintenance crops.
- Plant low-maintenance crops.
- Prepare your vertical garden before your trip.
- 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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