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.
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
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
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
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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