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The Tower Garden Home Growing Kit

September 13, 2011

I just recently found out about the Tower Garden! It’s a new home and commercial hydroponic growing system. It’s an amazing way to grow food at home without all the regular gardening work of preparing the soil, weeding and having to water every day. The Tower Garden uses as little as 5% of the water and nutrients needed to grow food in soil because of it’s amazing unique hydroponic system. This makes using the Tower Garden not only great for your health, but for the health of the environment too!

Tower Garden Plants

Here's a Tower Garden loaded with a very large Squash plant, peas, greens and herbs.

It’s a great way to grow food, especially in cities like New York City where several restaurants are using the Tower Gardens to grow food and herbs for their dishes on the rooftops. The food is fresh and local and it’s a great use of the wasted grey space in the city’s rooftops.

Can you imagine what it would be like if every rooftop in our cities were being used to grow food? Imagine the health benefits for everyone in the city and the environmental impact as well.

The Tower Garden lets you grow your own food at home, on your roof, or in your backyard, year-round! You can even take the Tower Garden inside during the Winter months if you live in the North and still grow healthy, delicious, local organic food for you and your loved ones.

Tower Garden

This is what the Tower Garden Kit looks like before the plants start growing.

Tower Garden Kit

Here's the Tower Garden Kit with a tomato cage.

Tower Garden on New York Roof Top
Here’s a Tower Garden loaded with tomatoes on the roof of a restaurant in New York City.

Enterprising entrepreneurs and farmers can also use the Tower Garden to sell produce to local restaurants and produce lovers.

The Tower Gardens aren’t due to be released until early 2012 so all you expectant Tower Gardeners will have to wait a few short months.

You can join the Tower Garden Fan Page here and connect with the Tower Garden community.

Tower Garden Water System

Here's the top of the Tower Garden which shows you the water pumping mechanism (so no more watering with a hose!)

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul permalink
    March 1, 2012 10:09 pm

    Vertical hydroponic towers are a great space saver and systems like these were around before the tower garden hit the market. In fact, I am a little surprised the manucturer claims to have obtained some kind of patent, but at least it has brought more attention to vertical hydroponic methods.

    • March 2, 2012 6:41 am

      Thanks for the comment Paul! I think there are several unique features of the Tower Garden when compared to other vertical hydroponic towers, including its food-safe plastic and growing crops with the Tower Garden only requires 5-10% as much water as growing in soil. The Tower Garden is actually technically aeroponic as the roots are exposed to air, not hydroponic where the roots are submersed in water.

  2. Paul permalink
    March 3, 2012 2:35 am

    Hi Tom,

    Aeroponics is technically a form of hydroponics. The primary difference being that aeroponics does not require a growing medium for plant roots, as they are rooted in air, while hydroponics provides a growing medium for the roots. There are hydroponic systems which do not submerse the roots in nutrient solution, drip systems for example, but a growing medium is still provided. Both hydroponic and areoponic techniques are capable of significantly reducing water requirements.

    Growing anything intended for consumption in a hydroponic or aeroponic system, having even a single component which is not food-safe may pose health risks, since chemical leaching can take place if that component comes into contact with the nutrient solution or plants. Some of the pre-existing vertical hydroponic and aeroponic systems were constructed from food-safe components for this reason. It is good to know the manufacturer of the Tower Garden followed suit. Would you happen to own one?

    • Bill Brown permalink
      May 25, 2012 8:02 pm

      Do you have to start the seeds outside the Tower before you plant them in the Tower, or can you plant seeds directly in the Tower?

      • May 26, 2012 8:17 pm

        Hey Bill, you should germinate the seeds outside of the Tower and then plant them once you see new leaves starting and at least 1 inch of root growth.

      • September 3, 2012 5:46 pm

        Bill, the Tower Garden instructions say to plant seeds in the rockwool starter cubes outside of the tower, and then transplant when the first set of true leaves emerge. I found that some plants (cucumbers come to mind) should be transplanted sooner because their roots grow very fast. I’ve also successfully transplanted some seedlings into my tower with just seed leaves and roots still within the rockwool cube. In the most extreme case, as an experiment, I planted tomatillo seeds directly into a starter cube that was already in the tower. Those seeds sprouted and are growing well. All this just says there is some flexibility in how you start and transplant your seeds. With this said, do plan to start most of them outside of the tower. Sometimes seeds fail to sprout.

  3. March 3, 2012 6:16 am

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for the great info! I don’t personally own one, but my parents have four of them. I am too busy traveling right now to grow care for the plants but I’m looking forward to growing some fresh herbs, greens, tomatoes and other awesome food crops in my tower garden soon when I settle down 🙂

    Do you grow any hydroponic crops at home?

    Tom

  4. March 13, 2012 6:42 am

    Hi Tom,

    This is a great post! I just planted the seedlings on my Mom’s Tower Garden (she’s an Assistant Nurse Manager) this morning and will be sharing more concise information with her thanks to your blog! Thanks and God Bless

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