I recently got my first Tower Garden and I’m excited to get it setup and running. It’s just been so cold here in Connecticut that the days seem to drag on, but I started the seedlings inside and now it’s time to plant the tower.
Each section holds 4 plants and there are 7 sections. The bottom 4 are tomatoes and above that are cucumbers. The 3rd row is green beans and eggplant and above that is swiss chard. The 5th row is spinach, then bib lettuce and the final 7th row is lettuce and basil.
The Tower Garden uses Aeroponics which is a leap froward from traditional Hydroponics. The big difference is that air is mixed with the fortified water as it showers down and the roots never remain submerged. There is no medium with Aeroponics, whereas Hydroponics uses the nutrient enriched water as the medium.
With the Tower Garden, vegetables grow faster and uses less water. It’s compact, vertical and simple to set up which is perfect for decks and patios.
My Dad is a master gardener and he decided to build his own style of a tower garden that uses dirt, so it’s more like a traditional pot. He started with a 30 gallon plastic drum which he cut slits in and then heated and used a beer bottle to create the plant pockets. Gordon used volcanic rocks at the bottom for drainage and then a hybrid mix of gardening soils, peat moss and compost. He created a center PVC tube filled with holes that is used for feeding and watering. It’s now filled with strawberries.