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How to grow huge produce fast with a Tower Garden

In the spring of 2013, I bought an aeroponic vertical garden called the Tower Garden.
I grew a bunch of veggies and herbs, and it was super fun.

In 2014 I decided to document the growing process. So I took a selfie with my Tower Garden almost every day for two months and put together a little time lapse for you, which is at the end of video below.


One thing I forgot to mention in the video is that the Tower Garden is super eco-friendly, using only 10% of the water and land space as a regular garden.

It will grow food anywhere there is sunlight and permissible temperatures, and is especially great for folks who don’t have a yard to plant in. You can put it on your porch, deck, patio or in a sunroom. You can also grow indoors with grow lights.

The liquid nutrients mentioned in the video are a blend of earth and sea minerals formulated for aeroponic growing that includes nitrogen, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, sulfur, boron, copper, manganese, zinc, etc.

The Tower Garden comes with everything you need to get started including seeds, Tower Tonic, pH kit, a manual and an instructional dvd.

Here’s a quick little video explaining the inner workings of the Tower Garden.

Learn more about the Tower Garden here

A few tips

You can sprout the seeds included with the kit, or use your own seeds. I’ve done both, but my preference to order seedlings from Living Tower Seedlings. They ship them right to you, ready to plant in the Tower Garden. Super easy.

The first year I didn’t use any insect spray and the bugs munched on my leafy greens pretty hard. This year I used an organic bug spray called Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew. I also manually inspected all the leaves and removed any eggs and worms every few days. Both made a huge difference.

Recommended accessories

The 8 plant extension kit, which gives you 40% more yield for an additional 13% cost. No brainer.

tower garden extension kit

A dolly, for three reasons. It raises it off the ground, reducing the heat transfer from a deck or patio. It makes it much easier to rotate and relocate. And it gives additional separation from ground bugs.

Tower Garden Dolly_RGB

The tomato cage is pretty handy too if you want to grow viney stuff like tomatoes, cucumbers, pole beans, etc.

Tower Garden tomato cage

After having such a great experience over the last two growing seasons, I decided to become a Tower Garden distributor. If you buy through my distributor portal, I get a commission. Yay!
And thanks. :)


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  • Lendell Oliver

    Hey Chris…Sounds like a very efficient system. Do you have any information on the mineral solution that is added to the water? The one thing that always bothered me about hydroponics (and this is similar) was that it is hard to imagine “adding” all of the various nutrients that mother nature provides in a fertile soil environment. I make my own compost and trust it to provide the nutrients that my organic veggies need. However I do see the advantages of a system like this.

    • Chris Wark

      Hi Lendell, I understand completely. It is a mineral solution developed by Tim Blank at Epcot and formulated for aeroponic growing. I know it seems unnatural not being in soil, but plants only need soil to extract minerals from as they draw in water through their roots. If you provide the minerals in the water, they don’t need the soil. I’m still growing things in soil too though. :)

      • Jenna L

        I know it would take away from sales, but, is it possible to “leach” the minerals and nutrients from his compost with clean water, and then simply use that water (solids removed of course) ?

        • Chris Wark

          It sounds possible… if it works let me know! :)

    • Tricia JL

      If you are concerned with the added chemicals, check out aquaponics. Similar idea, but instead if adding nutrients, you hook it up to a fish tank, and use the fish waste to feed the plants (plants also filter the water for the fish…) the only thing I add to my system is a quality fish food. Can be done tower style or in a grow bed, purchased system, or build your own! My system sits in a large south window, and I grow greens and herbs year round, in Canada!

  • Lisa

    I have thought about this many times recently. It is in my future. This has been featured at least once in the last season of “Doomsday Preppers” and when i saw the food it was producing for the guests on that show I became intrigued. I thought more this last week being homebound and not able to go out and farm a garden. Food is becoming harder to get-the clean edible kind. The grid could go down tomorrow and McD’s would still be available, but not clean edible food. I am though not speaking from a prepper view point as I say this. It’s just really a mess to find clean organic, un radiated food in the local health markets. this is so practicle. I have been looking to move to where I would have a place with enough safety from RFs to survive and of course any such place would have a place for at least one of these. No light in my apartment now or space. I am going to bookmark the above link as this is probably the way I want to go.

    • seasoned mom

      RF’s? what is this?

      • Jenna L

        maybe … Radiation Fallout ???

  • Charlotte

    I would like to know if the seeds are non GMO. Can you buy your own organic seeds? Will they grow as fast in that type of environment? Curious, because the literature does not say. Thanks for your reply

    • Chris Wark

      Hi Charlotte, I don’t know about the seeds they send, but you can use any seeds you want! :)

  • mary

    Why is the tower so expensive?

  • James

    I saw that this is $525 on the site… Is there a smaller, cheaper version that I’m not seeing?

  • Marianne

    Hi Chris…I’m interested in purchasing the Tower Garden for indoors…is there a special grow light that I need….and can you tell me how many hours a day does the light need to be on the plants…and does it yield the same as being outdoors.

  • Sheila

    Hi Chris, I was wondering if you give me any information about how the mineral solution is derived or what sources the actual minerals are coming from and even where? I really appreciate all you do! thanks!

  • Amber

    I am interested in ordering one. Do you know how well it works with the grow lights that you can purchase with it?

  • JR

    Hi Chris,
    I’m new to this site. Currently working on a protocol for my liver lesion and cirrhosis.
    How would I keep the local animals away from the system, do you know? We have stray cats, deer, bears (sometimes) and raccoons.

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