Tower Garden

July 27, 2018

Tower Garden

The tower garden system is a vertical, aeroponic tower structure that allows you to grow up to 20 plants such as fruits, vegetables, spices, or flowers, using the one unit.

The tower takes up very little room and allows the plants to be cultivated in only three square feet. The system can be placed indoors or outdoors.

 The entire system relies on only water and provided nutrients for growth and does not utilize soil.

The tower garden system successfully grows plants up to three times faster than other growing methods.

Cultivars can also expect a greater harvest yield of up to 30 per cent. Normally, plants are ready to harvest only a few weeks after planting.Don’t forget to visit here: gardensonata.com.au

Making Tower Garden

Tower gardens are a great way to make every inch of your land count. If you have a small living space, you can grow herbs, flowers, and other plants in a tower garden.

Use a bucket or terracotta pot to make the tower garden's base, and then heighten the tower with wire mesh.

Plant a variety of seeds or seedlings to diversify your garden, and take routine care of it for thriving, healthy plants. More information are available here: Tower Garden Growing System.

Building The Tower

Fill a bucket or terracotta pot halfway with stones.

You can gather small stones from around your yard or purchase them from a local plant nursery. Continue adding rocks until the container is about one-third to halfway full.

The size of your bucket or pot can vary depending on whether you grow larger or smaller plants. Your container can be as small as 16 inch (40 cm) wide pot or as large as a five gallon bucket. More products here: gardensonata.com.au

Insert a wire mesh cylinder lengthwise into the stones.

The length ration between your container and the cylinder should be between 1:2-1:3, with the cylinder being longer.

Make sure that the bottom portion of the wire mesh is completely covered by the stones. Wiggle the cylinder around to check for looseness.

Add peat or sphagnum moss into the wire mesh cylinder.

Moss keeps the soil moist. With peat or sphagnum moss on the bottom of your tower garden, you will not have to water as frequently.

Fill the cylinder with about 2-3 inches (5-7 cm).

Layer potting soil on top of the peat moss.

Fill the rest of the mesh cylinder with about 4-5 inches (10-13 cm) of potting soil.

 Layer this directly on top of the moss. Choose soils that retain moisture and nutrients, like silt or loamy soil

You will layer more moss into the tower garden as you add plants later on.

Adding Plants

Incorporate flowers, fruits, or herbs into your tower garden.

A full variety of plants can grow well in a tower garden. Edible plants, like herbs or fruits/vegetables, can make your garden functional.

Flowers can add aesthetic beauty to the garden alongside the more practical plants.

Large edible plants, like tomatoes or cucumbers, need plenty of room to grow. Only plant a few larger plants at a time.

Choose plants based on where you'll put your garden.

Pick sun-loving plants in areas that receive light almost constantly and shade-living plants in spots with less direct sunlight.

Place your tower garden in a spot that receives between six and eight hours of sunlight a day, unless you specifically plant a shade garden.

Plant the tallest plants on the bottom.

Think about plant size and shape as you plot out plants for your garden.Tall plants can block out the sun from smaller ones if placed on top.

Check the expected sizes your plants will grow to, and organize your garden accordingly.

Plant seedling roots between the wire mesh.

Scout out the ideal locations for your seedlings. Place them below the seeds planted to establish a strong root system into the garden.

Once your plants are secure, add more peat or sphagnum moss into the wire mesh interior.

Plant seeds into the soil at an appropriate depth.

Poke your seeds between the wire mesh into the soil. Check the packet your seeds came in for the appropriate depth.

Avoid adding additional sphagnum moss around your seeds until the plants have time to grow

Caring of Tower Gardens

Make sure your plants are watered at least once per week.

Water your garden weekly or whenever your plants look yellowing or crisp to the touch. Once or twice a week, stick a finger into your tower garden's soil. If the soil is dry, your plants need to be watered.


Water your plants with

Compost Tea once or twice a month

Because your plants are growing in a limited space, you'll need to introduce more nutrients than usual.

Every other week, use compost tea instead of your usual watering routine.

Worm castings tea can work as an alternative.

Watch for Signs of Disease.  

Take note of wilting yellowing/browning, blighted or mildewing plants.

Disease can spread quickly in close quarters, so either treat or remove infected plants before your entire garden is weakened.

Check Periodically for Pests and Weeds. 

For the most part, tower gardens have less trouble with invasive plants and insects. This is thanks to the limited soil space and distance from the ground. Inspect your plants once or twice a month for bugs or unidentifiable plants.

Research the pests that specifically target the plants you chose. If you're growing strawberries, for example, you might keep an eye out for aphids, crickets, and fruit flies.

Rotate out plants in your tower garden as desired

After you've harvested edible plants and are moving into the winter months, clean out your tower garden until you're ready to plant again next year.

For the first year, try plants that involve easy maintenance (like flowers). In later seasons, move on to more complicated plants. Don’t forget to visit here: gardensonata.com.au

List of Tower Garden Plants to Grow 

If you’re just getting started with Tower Garden, you may not be sure what to grow. We ship gourmet lettuce, cherry tomato, beefsteak tomato, cucumber, basil, and eggplant and bell pepper seeds with every Tower Garden. Here’s a little more information about these plants (Or visit Tower Garden Starter Plants for more ideas and essential information).

Basil

A favorite herb of beginner and experienced gardeners alike, basil is easy to grow and useful in the kitchen. (And let’s not forget its amazing aroma!) Basil grows well indoors and out.

Chard

Recently listed among the world’s most nutrient-dense foods, chard is a versatile, tasty green you can grow indoors or out, regardless of the season

Cucumbers

Nothing says summer like a cucumber! And since consistent watering isn’t a problem, Tower Garden cukes will be some of the best you’ve ever tasted.

Eggplant

If you’re looking for an easy way to grow eggplant, look no further. 

From the tiny Thai to the big barbarella, you can grow your favorite eggplant varieties with Tower Garden.

Kale

Kale is one of the newer celebrities in the food world. And it’s unbelievably easy to grow with Tower Garden.

In fact, you might have trouble keeping up with harvests!

Lettuce

Among the most cost-effective crops you can grow, lettuce flourishes in Tower Garden.

And it grows quickly, too—it’s often ready for harvest in as little as three weeks!

Peppers

Sweet or spicy? With Tower Garden, you don’t have to pick. You can grow any variety of pepper you like—as long as you’re prepared for abundant yields!

Squash

There are many different varieties of squash—and you can grow them all with Tower Garden.

A popular crop among gardeners everywhere, squash can be quite prolific (and delicious).

Strawberries

Sweet and satisfying, strawberries of any kind are pretty much irresistible.

Tower Garden strawberries are doubly so—which is probably why some people have dedicated entire Tower Gardens to growing only this flavorful fruit.

Tomatoes

What’s a garden without a tomato plant or two? With Tower Garden, you can grow any type of tomato you like—from mini, dwarf varieties to monstrous, indeterminate heirlooms

Maintaining Your Tower Garden

Check the water level weekly. With hot weather, and with large plants, check the water level at least twice a week.

Check the pH twice a week and follow the instructions to adjust your pH level. Yellowing leaves are an indication that your pH has drifted out of the recommended range.

Keep the shower cap holes clean and free from debris. You can use a toothpick to clean the holes.

Keep roots away from the pump. You can trim the roots that may be dangling in the reservoir.
    Clean the pump filter monthly. Unplug the pump, pull the pump up through the access port and remove the pump cover.

    Clean with water to remove debris. Or, another technique is to turn off the pump and firmly place a garden hose at the top of the center stem in your shower cap. 

    This will blow old root debris out of the filter into the bottom of the tank. Be sure to clean out the debris from the tank bottom or it will clog your pump.

    Keep cool water (85 degrees or less) in the Tower Garden. You can help keep the water cool by utilizing the Tower Garden dolly or placing a mat underneath the reservoir. For more amazing garden equipment just click here: gardensonata.com.au

      Rotate the Tower Garden® if it is placed next to a wall where the sun shines on the same part of the Tower Garden every day.

      For optimal plant uniformity, rotate your Tower Garden® a quarter turn in the same direction each day or whenever possible.

      Large plants, such as tomatoes, peppers, green beans, etc., should be maintained as a compact plant or trained up strings or trellises

          Good sunlight is very important for optimal growth of each plant. Keep this in mind when pruning and training the plants in your Tower Garden

            Important Safety Information

            1. The Tower Garden® is an aeroponic growing system.

            Do not stand on the Tower Garden and take care to keep children from playing on the Tower Garden.

            2. Follow the safety instructions included with the Tower Garden pump.

            Do not attempt to plug or unplug the pump in rainy or damp conditions.

            3. When draining the Tower Garden, do not allow the drain pipe to drain over an electrical outlet or extension cord.

            Do not overfill the Tower Garden, which would allow water to run out of the electrical cord opening in the reservoir.

            4. Do not place the Tower Garden where there is the potential for high winds, such as high rise balconies.

            5. Wear rubber gloves when mixing pH+Base, pH-Acid, Tower Tonic A, and Tower Tonic B, in order to protect your hands.

            6. Use a large stirring paddle or spoon to mix the nutrients and pH adjusting chemicals in the reservoir.

            DO NOT USE YOUR HANDS. The solution may be alkaline or acidic and may cause skin irritation.

            7. Read and follow all safety instructions on the pH and Tower Tonic labels.

            Clean Up AND Storage 

            Remove the plants from the Tower Garden by pulling the net pots from the planting ports.

            Disassemble the tower sections, starting at the top. The bottom section does not need to be removed from the reservoir lid.

            Compost or discard plant material. Clean and save net pots for future use.

            Unscrew the blue swivel hose from the reservoir lid and pump.

            Place the tower sections, shower cap and lid, and the pump in the reservoir and fill with warm soapy water.

            Allow the tower sections to sit in the reservoir for 30 minutes and then clean with water and a sponge.

            You can store the parts of the Tower Garden in the reservoir until you are ready to grow nutritious fruits and vegetables again.

            Tower Garden’s Key Advantages to Traditional Gardening

            Comes with everything you need to start growing.
            Compact design fits almost anywhere, including patios, decks, porches, balconies, terraces, or rooftop gardens.
            Soil-free system means there is no weeding, tilling, kneeling, or getting dirty.
            No gardening experience is necessary.
            Grows many fruits and almost any vegetable, herb, or flower—faster than in soil.
            Uses less than 10% of the water and land involved in traditional gardening.
            Yields 30% more produce than traditional soil gardening methods.
            Reduces the need for pesticides, insecticides, or herbicides.
            Fewer issues with climate, such as heat, cold, drought.
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