2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1, Page #14[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Likes His “Foody” Vertical Garden Towers
“We bought our system 1 1/2 years ago and have used it to grow vegetables such as cilantro, bokchoi, spinach, lettuce, green peppers, cherry tomatoes, and basil. Plants do really well and the towers look beautiful. It’s nice to have fresh food available all the time,” says Wasylyshen.
“We set up both towers in our basement, which has southern exposure but isn’t lived in so we can keep it cool. Each tower is about 5 ft. tall and has 4 pods on it. We put up a small 3 by 6-ft. greenhouse, next to the basement windows that’s equipped with a thermostatically controlled heater. The windows don’t let the full sunshine in, so we added grow lights over each tower.
“The first year we used a recirculating hydroponic system, which uses a submersible pump to pump water from the base reservoir through a hose that runs up a center shaft to the top pod. The water comes out the edges and then automatically percolates down to all the other pods below it.
“However, we found that occasionally if we weren’t careful the hose at the top didn’t get fitted exactly right and sprayed water out onto the floor. We didn’t want any water damage so the next year we filled the pods and reservoir with soil, which I prefer anyway because I think growing plants in soil results in better quality produce.
“I’ve tried several other vertical tower garden systems in the past, but I like this one best. The tower rotates on hard plastic bearings so by giving the tower a quarter turn every so often my plants get an even distribution of light. Also, being able to rotate the tower makes harvest an easier job.”
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