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vertical garden algae growth

How To Prevent Green Algae Growth On Your Vertical Garden

Vertical Garden Green Algae Growth

You have had your vertical garden in production for several months. As you harvest your produce the’re now some empty, open ports where you removed the plants from the tower.
You begin to notice over time a green slime forming around these empty ports. This green slime is algae.
Algae is a simple, single celled, nonflowering plant. Algae contains chlorophyll but lacks true stems, roots, leaves, and vascular tissue.
You will notice that the algae forms on the side of the Vertical Garden that is facing towards the sun.
What can you do to prevent this growth?

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Aeroponic Vertical Gardening Steps For Success

Aeroponic Vertical Gardening Steps For Success

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

LED Tower Garden Grow Lights

New LED Vertical Garden Grow Lights

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.

And now with the new LED Grow Lights for vertical gardens, growing an indoor aeroponic garden just became even easier. Continue reading

Vertical Garden Mistakes and Lessons Learned

Vertical Garden Mistakes and Lessons Learned 2017

We went out into our garden to check our Vertical Garden on the hottest day of the year so far.

The outside temperature was over 80 degrees to find our Vertical Garden plants were all wilted and drooping!

All the months of growing these vegetables and they now looked like they were dead!

Vertical Garden Mistakes and Lessons Learned

In the spring, we had two vertical 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

I Almost Killed My Vertical Garden!

I Almost Killed My Vertical Garden!

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?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 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

Harvesting Lettuce from your Vertical Garden

Photo of head of lettuce growing in Tower Garden.

Fresh lettuce growing on our Vertical Garden last winter.

Our  vertical 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 vertical 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! Continue reading

Aphids on my Tower Garden Eggplants

Aphids on my Vertical Garden Eggplants

Revised June 8, 2018. Additional content added.

I found aphids on the eggplants in my vertical garden. I had been busy with marketing events and not paying close attention to my vertical  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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