Last week I unpacked my Garden Tower and got it assembled.
Tower Garden® set and ready to go.
The day after Thanksgiving I moved on to getting it up and running. The Tower Garden holds about 20 gallons of water! We found the easiest way to fill the reservoir was to use the garden hose.
Using the garden hose to fill the reservoir.
The directions said to fill to within three inches of the top lid.
The reservoir was filled to within three inches from the top.
We followed the directions and added the correct amount of Tower Tonic to the reservoir.
Tower Garden Tonic.
I then had to check the pH of the solution. The optimal pH is 5.0 to 7.0. The reading was about 6.5, which seemed fine; I did not add any of the buffering solution.
Testing the pH.
After the reservoir was filled and the water tested the pump was plugged in and we checked to make sure the water was coming out of the top of the Tower Garden. The lid was then put on the shower cap. There is a dial on the pump so you can regulate the flow of water. You want to make sure the water is not touching the shower cap lid, if it does you may end up with a potential leakage around the shower cap area.
Water bubbles up through the tower.
There is also a timer included with the Tower Garden. This enables you to water on a cycle rather than continuously. They suggest 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off. We adjusted it so it was running 15 minutes on and 30 minutes off. We’ll see how the plants do and may have to adjust it accordingly.
Once the Tower was functioning I placed the seedlings in the tower. Each seedling is in a special medium and held in a little net pot. As the water comes down the tower, the roots are moistened with the nutrient rich solution. The plants are fed and the process repeats providing the plants with oxygen, nutrients and water, everything they need to grow.
So far they seem to be doing just fine. The medium they are growing in has remained damp and there does seem to have been some growth. I am also starting some plants by seed and will place them in the tower when they sprout and have developed roots.
I was not expecting that I would have to plug the tower in. I never thought about how the water was circulated. The noise of the circulating water is a bit louder than I expected, however we have gotten used to it. It’s like having a fountain in your living room! I had a couple of basil plants that were cut a few weeks ago and placed in a glass of water. Since they had rooted I also placed them in the tower and they are doing quite well!
Little seedlings in the Garden Tower.
Next week I will give you one last update for a while. I’ll be sure to let you know when I start harvesting!
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