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
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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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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Here are some tips on how you can keep your Vertical Garden cool in the summer heat.
Raise your Vertical 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 Vertical 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 vertical garden’s plants into distress. When experiencing high temperatures you can lower Continue reading