Last year our backyard garden was nearly a complete failure. The heat and the drought were just too much for our daily watering, and then there was a fungus that attacked some of our tomato plants. It was deflating. And then there is the month of June. Every June I am away at church camp with my little ones for one to two weeks. And when I'm away, I always lose about 1/3 of my garden due to heat and lack of attention. Even when I hire someone to water. I need a garden that required less maintenance, could stand up to the heat of a Kansas summer, and didn't require a gazillion gallons of water to maintain. What I found was the Tower Garden.
We ordered ours in April and promptly set it up. Set up was so easy that my little ones tackled it while I was still fumbling with my camera and the instructions. (Please excuse the mess. I still had moving boxes in the living room when we set this up back in early spring.) This fall I will be picking up a grow lamp and setting up the garden in the basement to keep us supplied with kale, lettuces and herbs all winter. So excited about that. I will be journaling our experience here at My Blue Daisy.
Unpacking and organizing. Can't you tell it's organized?
Inserting seeds into the center of each rock wool section.
All carefully planted and labeled the seeds. Just waiting to be covered with a teeny bit of vermiculite to hold in the moisture. My 10 year old made a nice diagram and write up for her science notebook.
All done! The basic Tower Garden can hold 20 plants. We started 18 seedlings and I ordered several tomato starts from an organic heirloom seedling store that we will transplant into those last two spots.
And here is the warm, sunny spot for our seedlings to germinate. Next week I will show you our current status of beautiful seedlings transplanted into the Tower Garden! Anyone else using an aeroponic garden? Or are you planting traditional style? What grows at your home?
You can find out more about the Tower Garden here. In part two I'll show you where we set our aeroponic in the back yard, how we transplanted our seedlings, and the result of Kansas snow in MAY. Argh!