Vertical Garden Tower and Composter for Indoors or Outdoors
We love the idea of the Vertical Garden Tower and Composter for indoor growing in winter, and on the deck or patio for summer to keep herbs and microgreens at hand year round. This provides the most plants in the smallest space – any type of space as long as you get the sun or provide artificial light.
Now this incredible Garden Tower has been improved to really maximize growing ability in a small space with an ecological nutrient recycling system. It’s extraordinarily easy to use. Check the video on the next page to see what it is capable of doing plus read below.
Problems with Plant Towers
We’ve experimented with another type of plant tower and have some important tips on that. We ordered the Nancy Susan 3 tier to try indoors in late winter for growing microgreens. Well, we discovered that the challenge in plant towers is how their height casts shadows on the side away from the window. You can read more about our experience with that in this article.
So if you’re going to do well with indoor towers, you’ll probably need a large overhead grow light. It will probably work fine to have a grow light that catches the side of the tower away from the window, though you still may need to rotate the planter to provide more even growth. These will likely also need rotating outside as well, so just be aware and ready for that.
Plant Towers: Pricey… but Worth it?
We don’t have one yet because we don’t really have a great place for it inside or out. However, if you need a patio garden, this might be just the thing for you.
We’ve figured that for our family, a grow tower will pay for itself in about four months by savings in grocery purchases. After that… it’s all positive net savings. So while we haven’t put this plant tower through the real life field test yet, a member of the Gardens All Facebook community shared her photos of their two Plant Towers and indicating she loves it and is going to buy another this season.
You can get smaller, less expensive towers for less than half this, but they don’t have the added feature of the internal composting system and compost “tea” tray that can then be used to add to your garden as well as for watering the plants in this tower. So while this one is a bigger investment up front, in just a few months you’re likely to be saving on groceries and on fertilizers, while having a garden nearby that you can tend without all that bending over.
OR, if you’re good with building things, you can create your own! Some in the Gardens All community have already done that successfully, and we’ve included some how-to videos below.
Planters in Use by Gardens All Facebook Community Member
And, here’s the comment and photos from a GardensAll Facebook community member, Lynda Reynolds, followed by photos of hers in use in her garden, beginning with the top image of this article:
“I have 2 plant towers… version one and then two. I love them and plan on getting two more. Even though I have 16, 4X16 raised beds (!… go Lynda!!) the towers are fun and very productive.”
The New Garden Tower – Powering a Fresh Food Revolution
by Garden Tower Project
- Growing 50 plants in just 4 square feet of space
- Using food scraps to power the integrated vermi-composting nutrient delivery system (the core of every Garden Tower)
- Harvesting the freshest, most nutritious veggies, fruits, & herbs
- Avoiding herbicides, pesticides, and other contaminants
- Having their own ‘garden’ in places it wasn’t possible before
- Enjoying better success and vastly reduced water use in hot climates and longer growing seasons in cold regions
- Reducing their grocery bill, food waste, and trash!
- Employing the Garden Tower as a powerful component in education programs about food, gardening, and ecological processes
- Gardening with ease — for fun, for food, and for life!
This ingenious Vertical Composting Garden Tower started as a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that was fully funded in just 33 minutes!! Wow! Looks like confirmation of a good idea!
BUT… if you don’t want to buy one, there’s info and videos on how-to build your own on as you scroll down in this article.
Here’s How it Works…
If you’re a handy DIYer, keep reading to see how this composting plant tower works and then how to build your own!
In this first video, John Kohler from GrowingYourGreens.com, shows us how to assemble the Garden Tower. In it he covers how to make a nutritious potting soil for your plants, fill and plant out the Garden Tower plus add red wiggler composting worms.
Grow 53 Plants in 4 Sq Ft with a Garden Tower Vertical Container Garden
The Vertical, Composting 50 Plant Patio Farm
by Garden Tower Project
This animation demonstrates how the Garden Tower works and what it’s capable of offering. Find out more at Grow Tower Project.
Build Your Own Garden Tower
If you want to try building your own – Check out the videos below.
The first video was inspired by grow barrels built by Half Pint Homestead.
Around the Home: #2 Making a Garden Barrel
Showing the technique used for the thick walled barrel.
Building a Grow Tower (part 1)
By The Self Sufficient Life
Part 2 – Homemade Grow Tower
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