Category Archives: Growing Guides

Tower Garden website has had a makeover!

The Tower Garden website has always looked very swish, but it’s had a face lift and now looks even better!  It’s got a sleek, clean fresh feel about it, but best of all, it’s mobile friendly! I mean, who doesn’t have some kind of mobile device nowadays?

Tower Garden Cheat Sheet is HERE!

Tower Garden Cheat Sheet

You know what it’s like.  You setup your Tower Garden, you file your Growing Guide in that super safe place.  You know the one.  The one that is so safe it won’t be found again until you move house. You can always download the current Growing Guide from the Tower Garden website but there are a lot of pages and you don’t want it to get wet!

Good Bug, Bad Bug?

We’ve all done it at some point.  We’ve seen a bug on our beloved Tower Garden and freaked out!  However, not all bugs are created equal and there are many beneficial bugs out there that actually eat the bad guys.  It’s that whole circle of life thing.  I’ve mistakenly squashed a ladybug larvae before.  They look nothing like the aphid eating adult they turn into.  In fact they look kind of weird!  You can see all of the life stages of ladybug’s here so that you won’t make the same mistake I did!

Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug Photo Credit: Joseph Berger bugwood.org

Growing Lettuce in a Tower Garden

Lettuce
Lettuce is traditionally a cooler weather crop. One of the GREAT things about a Tower Garden is that you can grow Lettuce, even in South Florida, in the Summer (click here to read our tips to help you grow through the summer).  You find very few farms or families growing lettuce in the ground in Florida, in the Summer. So why can you do this in a Tower Garden?  It’s all down to the 20 gallon reservoir!  20 gallons of water will never get as warm as the outside air temperature.  You are literally cooling the plant from the inside out whenever the pump is running.
Here are some facts about lettuce.
  1. Lettuce is part of the sunflower family.
  2. Raw leaf lettuce has concentrations of only two vitamins: vitamins C and A.*
  3. A cup of chopped, raw leaf lettuce has 10.16 grams of calcium.*
  4. One cup of chopped, raw leaf lettuce has over 162 milligrams of potassium and just under 1 mg of iron.*
  5. Substitute large leaves for tortillas to make a healthy low carb wrap.
  6. In 2009 California produced more than 75% of the nation’s head lettuce. (US Census Bureau, 2010)*
  7. Lettuce (of all types) is the second most popular fresh vegetable in the United States behind #1 potatoes*
  8. The ancient Greeks believed that lettuce induced sleep, so they served it at the end of the meal. The Romans continued the custom. However, the dictatorial Emperor Domitian (81-96 AD) served it at the beginning of his feasts, so he could torture his guests by forcing them to stay awake in the presence of the Emperor.*
Watch the video below to learn more about harvesting lettuce to ensure you have more than one harvest.
The Lettuce Growing Guide, written by the fantastic folks at Tower Garden, is a fantastic illustrated guide to help even the brown thumbed beginner successfully grow lettuce year round! You’ll learn how to seed lettuce (for both summer and winter growing), harvest and identify common pests and diseases.Don’t own a Tower Garden yet?  Check out our post here explaining why the Tower Garden is the answer to so many problems we face today (rising fuel cost, rising food costs, pesticides, contamination, sustainability and more).* Source www.livestrong.com and www.foodreference.com

What water source should I use in my Tower Garden?

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This is a question we are asked often.  Below we will break down the common sources and things you should know about each.

Are you and your Tower Garden ready for winter?

The temperatures are starting to drop but are you and your Tower Garden ready?  Read our 9 tips to help you grow much longer than your dirt growing friends.

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Fall Crops for the Tower Garden

Summer has certainly come to an end in Central Florida.  Day time highs are no longer in the 90s, morning lows are in the upper 60s and the humidity has dropped right off!  It’s almost time for a light jacket when you leave the house in the morning!  This means it is the perfect time to be growing all of your Fall crops.  If you haven’t started, DON’T PANIC!  With the Tower Garden produce grows approximately 20-30% quicker than those crops grown in the the ground so you can easily make up lost time.
Photo courtesy of James Barker – www.freedigitalphotos.net

What should I be growing?
You are probably already growing some fall crops (lettuce, greens).  The Tower Garden  technology is awesome and allows us to grow things in the summer we would not be growing if we were growing them in the ground.  It is always a good idea to check out the Gardening Maps to get an idea of what you can be growing and when in your area.  However, remember that the Tower Garden extends your growing season and you can extend it even further with a pop up greenhouse, submersible heater and some other tips we’ll cover in a blog post in the next few weeks.
Here is a list of some of the most popular things you can start (or continue) to grow through the fall/winter, depending on your location. There are many others that can be added to this list.  Feel free to add your favorite to the comments section below.

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Collards
  • Chard
  • Asian Greens
  • Cabbage
  • Kohlrabi
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cauliflower (The leaves get very big and take a long time so we do not grow them)
  • Broccoli (The leaves get very big and take a long time so we do not grow them)
  • Spinach
  • Mustard Greens
  • Arugula
  • Peas
  • Chives

It may still be too warm in some parts of the country to get some of these seeds to germinate successfully.  You may want to start those inside and immediately move them outside when the seed cracks open.  Alternatively, you can start them under a 2ft grow light.

TOWER GARDEN OWNERS Resource 2 – Growing Guides and videos

The company that brought us the Tower Garden wants to make sure that we are not alone when growing our Tower Garden(s).  They have created some awesome resources for us all to use to help us on our journey of growing sustainable, nutrient dense food wherever you happen to be located in the US!  Don’t forget, if you are one of our customers (Dee, Jason or Jan from Living Towers) you can also bombard us with your questions (email is great as you can share pictures, but you can also give us a call) and we will help you get the most from your Tower Garden.  Not only that but you have an open invitation to any of our Tower Garden Workshops, held once a month at Living Towers, and we waive the fee just for you*! Keep an eye out for details of our next workshop.Below you will find the second of those resources, Growing Guides and Videos!

Dee and Jason’s personal Tower Gardens

 *Tower Garden must be purchased through Living Towers, otherwise a fee of $25 per person or $40 per couple applies.  Fee subject to change at any time.

Growing Guides and Videos

The wonderful people at Tower Garden have written 11 guides for different plants, 3 of which also have videos!  Learn how to harvest different crops for best production and recognize pests and diseases so that you can treat them before they get out of hand.  Check them all out below.

Lettuce Growing Guide
Swiss Chard Growing Guide

Tomato Growing Guide

Basil Growing Guide 
Chives Growing Guide 
Parsley Growing Guide

Cucumber Growing Guide
Eggplant Growing Guide
Green Bean Growing Guide
Peas Growing Guide
Peppers Growing Guide

TOWER GARDEN OWNERS Resource 1- Getting Started Videos

Are you using all the available Tower Garden Resources?The company that brought us the Tower Garden wants to make sure that we are not alone when growing our Tower Garden(s).  They have created some awesome resources for us all to use to help us on our journey of growing sustainable, nutrient dense food wherever you happen to be located in the US!  Don’t forget, if you are one of our customers (Dee, Jason or Jan from Living Towers) you can also bombard us with your questions (email is great as you can share pictures, but you can also give us a call) and we will help you get the most from your Tower Garden.  Not only that but you have an open invitation to any of our Tower Garden Workshops, held once a month at Living Towers, and we waive the fee just for you*! Keep an eye out for details of our next workshop.

Below you will find the first of those resources, Getting Started Videos!

Dee and Jason’s personal Tower Gardens

 *Tower Garden must be purchased through Living Towers, otherwise a fee of $25 per person or $40 per couple applies.  Fee subject to change at any time.

Getting Started Videos
So you haven’t managed to assemble your Tower Garden yet.  Don’t worry!  There are videos to show you How to Assemble Your Tower Garden, How to Fill the Reservoir in Your Tower Garden, and How to Start the Seedlings for your Tower Garden

How to Assemble Your Tower Garden
How to Fill the Reservoir in your Tower Garden
How to Start the Seedlings for your Tower Garden
Keep an eye out for upcoming posts sharing other Tower Garden Resources.  If you have any questions be sure to contact your Tower Garden rep or Tower Garden Customer Care on 866-235-0414 or us if you purchased it through us.

Click here for the second set of resources, Growing Guides and videos for 11 different crops.

How to "Peas"…

Peas of all kinds can be grown in a Tower Garden.  Delicious whether raw or cooked!  Learn all the ins and outs of Pea plants right here!

Keep an eye out for some more “How to” posts in the coming weeks.

Don’t own a Tower Garden yet?  Check out our post here explaining why the Tower Garden is the answer to so many problems we face today (rising fuel cost, rising food costs, pesticides, contamination, sustainability and more).