A vertical garden tower is ideal for those who maintain a large garden as well as, for individuals with restricted garden space. Whether you seek to grow food while living in a townhouse, condo, apartment or acreage vertical gardening is ideal and quite practical. Learn how to utilize the Greenstalk garden tower for grown vegetables, herbs, and even flowers to maximize the garden’s bounty.
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The ability to grow your own food is truly a blessing. However, many believe that land is necessary for grown an abundance of food. Of course, we know better.
Whether you are living on acreage, in the suburbs with a backyard, townhouse, condo, or an apartment with a deck growing food is an option. Creativity is the key to achieving this.
Well, creativity and the desire to grow food.
Homesteading on a mountainside on two acres is a challenge. The property is surrounded by old growth trees and new growth Alderwood, making the struggle to grow food real.
The Alderwood trees were taken down to allow the sun to reach the garden space. Hard pan and natural springs require food to be grown in containers and raised beds. Not to mention, the amount of slugs, moles, squirrels, and chipmunks work together to destroy the garden overnight.
Because of the placement of the drainage field we are forced to utilize a much smaller garden space then I’d like. With that said, I am not complain. A garden of any size is better than no garden at all.
Vertical Garden Tower for Small Space Gardens
Growing food is a challenge for many, regardless of the garden size.
Gardening in a smaller space is quite frustrating to those who seek to own their food source. However, a bit of creativity and a little work allows gardeners to double the growing space.
What I am referring to is vertical gardening.
Gardening towers are perfect for those who reside on acreage, in an urban setting, especially apartments, condos, and townhouses. The ability to grow herbs, vegetables, and flowers to draw in pollinators makes this vertical garden an incredible gardening tool for all.
A Gardenstalk garden tower is great for all garden sizes. A 5-foot vegetable tower can house 30 varieties of vegetables, herbs, or flowers. Not to mention, the tower takes up very little space.
Maximize your ability to grow vertically by incorporating stand alone trellises, an a-frame trellis, and a garden tower. An a-frame trellis is ideal for heavier items such as acorn, butternut, and spaghetti squash, sugar pumpkins and summer melons. Lighter weight foods such as, cucumbers and pole beans also do well on an A-frame trellis.
Build an inexpensive a-frame trellis and a stand alone trellis for the garden by using recycled and reclaimed materials. Or build one using new material, take a look at the plans in the article for the cost of material.
Greenstalk Garden Tower
The Greenstalk garden tower is available in three sizes, 3, 4, or 5 tiers with 6 pockets per tier. Below is a chart of of a few items which can be grown in a vertical garden tower.
For example, we incorporated both a 3 and 5 tier vegetable tower, which substantially increased our growing space. The 5 tier Greenstalk garden tower is currently housing 24 bush beans and 6 pepper plants.
For those who do not know, bush beans take up space in a smaller garden, which is why many prefer to plant pole beans (grow vertically). This is the first time since establishing a garden that I have planted bush beans, and I am pretty happy about it.
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One of the benefits in utilizing a vegetable tower is its ability to distribute water evenly throughout the tower. Simply add water to the appropriate level (indicated in the water tray) and allow it to do it’s job!
To maximize the garden’s yield, a-frame trellis and stand alone trellises are used in addition to the Greenstalk garden tower. The a-frame trellises are used to grow vining winter squash and smaller pumpkins vertically.
Assembling the Vertical Garden Tower
Assembling the vertical garden tower takes only a few minutes. The process is as easy as filling flower pots and galvanized containers. Make sure to have on hand:
- potting soil
- seeds or starts
Assembling the Greenstalk garden tower is extremely easy. Take a look at how easy in this video:
To ensure the vegetable tower is stable make sure each tier and the grey water disk is properly locked into place.
Flowers, Herbs, and Vegetable Tower
The Greenstalk garden tower is capable of growing anything your heart desires. Well, just about anything. Each pocket of the vertical garden tower is capable of holding the following:
One Plant per Pocket
Due to the size of the plant once it reaches maturity, plant one start (or seed) of the following vegetables.
- bell pepper
- winter squash (acorn, spaghetti, butternut)
- potato (fingerlings, medium size, sweet potatoes)
- ground cherries
Three Plants per Pocket
Plant up to 3 vegetables and root vegetables which are smaller in size per pocket:
- radishes (depending on the variety, plant up to 6 starts)
- carrots (depending on the variety, plant up to 6 starts)
- garlic (depending on the variety, plant up to 5 cloves)
- leafy greens (spinach, chard, collards, kale)
- bush variety of green beans, sugar and snap peas
- herbs (annuals such as, basil, dill, cilantro)
Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
This vegetable tower is also a great option for planting perennial herbs for culinary and medicinal uses. How many herbs to plant per pocket will depend on the size of the plant once it reaches maturity. Here are a few examples:
- sage 1 plant
- rosemary 1 plant
- oregano 3 plants
- thyme 3 plants
- chamomile 1 plant
- feverfew 1 plant
- echinacea 1 plant
- dandelion 3 plants
Food ownership is key to knowing what you are consuming, and the only way to achieve this is to grow as much of it as possible. Learn how to maximize the garden space with this practical, and functional, vertical gardening tool.