Our Tower 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
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.
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 Tower Garden alive while we are on vacation.
Grow a 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
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 Tower Garden.
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.
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:
- Grow a garden that will water itself (e.g. Tower Garden).
- Plant low-maintenance crops.
- Plant low-maintenance crops.
- Prepare your Tower 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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Our Tower 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 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 , 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!
Lettuce is one our staple veggetables. We eat one or two salads daily. Our Tower Gardens keep us supplied with the lettuce we need year round. This short video shows you how to harvest your lettuce.
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I found aphids on the eggplants in my Tower Garden. I had been busy with marketing events and not paying close attention to my Tower 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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Here are some tips on how you can keep your Tower Garden cool in the summer heat.
Raise your Tower Garden off the ground.
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 Tower 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 Tower Garden’s plants into distress. When experiencing high temperatures you can lower water temperature by adding frozen water bottles or a bag of ice to the water reservoir. Frozen water bottles are reusable. They can be put back in the freezer and refroze for use again. Plants do best when the water temperature is keep between 65 and 70 degrees.
Protect your plants from midday heat stress.
Move your Tower Garden into the shade or cover your plants when it is hot. During periods of extreme heat, plants are being stressed when temperatures are above 85 degrees. The plants will literally begin to cook! They need more water as they deal with the loss of water by evaporation through their leaves. If you are not able to move your Tower Garden into the shade than cover it. Use a row cover cloth that you can purchase from a garden supply store or the Tower Garden Weather Protection Blanket.
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Is Tower Garden Mineral Blend Organic? That is a great question. Dr. Carlos Madero, Ph.D. examines the Tower Tonic blend scientifically and gives you the facts. Just tap the Tower Tonic bottles below to read his findings.
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