If you're short of growing space, or perhaps live in an apartment or condo...you may have wondered what sort of fruit or vegetables can be grown using a vertical grow system or tower garden. There are many products on the market, each unique. What can be grown successfully in these types of vertical growing systems are usually all the same however, regardless of what system you choose.
Using a tower garden, or vertical grow system allows you to grow food with no weeds, no soil, less disease and there is less headache when dealing with pests. It's almost effortless compared to traditional gardening methods. They also use less water, which is great for the earth...and these systems can produce up to 30% or more in yield than growing in soil. Despite what most people believe...YES, you can still practice organic gardening methods when growing hydroponically! Read more---> "6 Reasons Why You May Want to Switch to Hydroponics"
Because a Tower Garden takes up less than 2 square feet of growing space, they are suitable for a wide variety of places. If you're a renter, you'll love the convenience of being able to move and take your garden with you. Perfect for growing indoors as well, you can have fresh herbs and vegetables at your fingertips YEAR-ROUND, regardless of what grow zone or climate you live in.
HOW TO START:
If you want a successful garden, plan on placing your Tower Garden in a location that will receive 6-8 hours of light per day. Most plants will require this for a healthy production of fruit. If growing indoors, plan on supplying it with adequate artificial light and natural light whenever possible. Because most vertical grow systems are on wheels, you can even rotate your system if only one side of your Tower receives light through a window.
Because your system will be using a nutrient filled water solution, making sure you have a clean water source is important. To remove chlorine from tap water, place your water in a large container and leave it in the sun for about 48 hours.
Placement of Plants in your Tower Garden-
Now that you've got your system set up and ready to go, placing your plants in the correct location on your Tower Garden is also an important step you don't want to miss. Keep in mind that you should limit the number of vining varieties you choose so that you can easily access all of your herbs, lettuces and veggies without getting lost in a jungle of vines. Also, when started your seeds in rock wool cubes or other medium take into consideration the size of the seeds when planting.
If they are large seeds like bean or squash seeds...1-2 seeds per cube will be fine.
If the seeds are smaller, feel free to use 3-5 seeds per cube.
Once your seeds have been planted in your growing medium, use this guide for placement on your Tower Garden:
Top - a great place to grow small-size plants
- Lettuces, Herbs, Leafy Greens, Strawberries, Swiss Chard etc.
Center - a great place to grow medium-size plants
- Leafy Greens, Eggplants, Peppers, Beans, Peas etc.
Bottom - a great place to grow large-size plants and/or vining plants
- Tomatoes, all Squash, Melons etc.