I first saw a Tower Garden at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show. It was a pretty cool looking aeroponic growing tower. I was interested but didn’t really understand what it was at the time. After summer, I saw one again at the Minnesota State Fair. This time, I got my hands on one. I figured I would use it to grow organic vegetables in winter.
Here’s a quick video explaining the tower:
The model I got had the extender so I can grow 28 plants at a time. With my tomato cage, I was able to mount four T5 growing lights so I could grow fresh food all winter. Plus, because the plants are indoors, there are no bugs, or any other garden pests so I can grow organic and pesticide free food.
I started my seeds in late September and early October. The tower comes with a starter tray, rock wool and some vermiculite. Starting the seeds are very easy. Once they were sprouting and begin to show their real leaves, I placed them in the tower garden and got the pump, lights, and water mixture set. It has worked flawlessly ever since. It took six weeks before I had to put any more water in the tower and all I do now is check water levels and ph once per week.
This video shows how quickly the plants grow on the tower:
Today (November 10), here’s what my tower looks like. Keep in mind, we have been eating salads off of this several times already. If you are interested in getting one of these towers, you can get one here. Or, email me at Chris.Ashbach@gmail.com and I can help you get hooked up.
The vegetables are very, very good. In fact, I think they are some of the best I have ever grown. I think that growing with aeroponics makes them very tender and flavorful.