For indoor gardeners, Earth Tower Vertical Garden is an exciting alternative with numerous and distinct advantages for grow rooms and plants.
The Earth Tower is a 4-ft high, 4-sided vertical garden on wheels that turns into a dream machine for growing plants. Here are some of the reasons why:
1) SOIL vs. HYDRO
Earth Towers are filled with an abundant amount of POTTING MIX. Growing in soil or “soil-less” mediums has many advantages over hydroponic growing:
a) Much easier to grow organically (most hydro growing uses synthetic chemicals)
b) More forgiving. In other words, fewer things can go wrong
c) A lot less expensive
d) The food or herbs you grow taste better
2) IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SPACE!
With Earth Towers you get maximum growth in minimum space. An Earth Tower takes up only a 2×2 foot space but provides 46 feet of garden row. This gives you abundant space to grow a hundred plants or more. If you’re growing larger plants like tomatoes, you can plant and grow a dozen healthy plants in a single Earth Tower.
If you were to grow twelve tomato plants in, say, 5 gallon Smart Pots you would need at least 12 square feet of floor space vs. 4 square feet of floor space for the Earth Tower.
3) ROOTS THRIVE
The Earth Tower holds 5 cubic feet of potting mix. This means that your plants are really happy with plenty of room to grow. The bigger the playground, the more the roots want to spread out and play! Larger root systems = larger harvest.
4) INTERNAL WATERING & FEEDING RESERVOIR
Speaking of roots, they also thrive better when watered the Earth Tower way. The Earth Tower has a food-safe reservoir in which you simply pour water and nutrients. This reservoir provides an even supply of water and nutrients to the plants FROM THE INSIDE of the tower. Benefits include:
a) In the Earth Tower, roots REACH for the internal source of food and water and grow longer and stronger. When watered in normal pots, water is introduced at the very top of the plants and roots have no incentive to burrow deeper.
b) Watering from the inside eliminates wetting of leaves, reducing the conditions that encourage fungal diseases and molds.
5) DRAINAGE – NOT DAMAGE
Improper drainage is probably THE MAJOR problem in container gardening. When soil becomes waterlogged, air is excluded from the roots and they begin to rot. The Earth Tower’s base is specially designed to funnel excess water out through the drainage hole. It is almost impossible to overwater!
6) PLANTS PROTECTED FROM COLD FLOOR
Four wheels attach to the Earth Tower’s strong base, keeping the base several inches off the floor. In container gardening, if your pots are sitting on a cold floor, plant roots will retract and shrink faster than a guy’s gonads. Keep your roots warmer and happier in an Earth Tower.
7) SAVE YOUR BACK!
Earth Tower Vertical Garden places your plants closer to eye-level. This saves your back and makes it easier to care for your plants … and your body.
8) SAVE YOUR EYES!
Ever come close to poking out an eye on one of those bamboo poles used to stake your tall plants? I’ve heard of people who have lost an eye. The Earth Tower’s side slats give your plant stems extra support and the four side posts act as the perfect frame where you can tie the limbs and train your plants to grow in the direction you want them to grow (for maximum light exposure).
EARTH TOWER SETUP FOR YOUR INDOOR GROW
Indoor setup with proper ventilation and temperature control is beyond the scope of this blog. I will, however, recommend a vertical lighting setup.
LED Lighting has greatly improved in the past few years, making it a valid option that is energy and cooling efficient. Several brands offer these lights in long rectangular arrays, perfect for lighting a vertical garden. Place light vertically (up on its end) along a wall or stand to give two sides of the Earth Tower full light exposure.
HERE ARE SOME LIGHTING SUGGESTIONS:
Advanced LED Lights:
Consider the DS600 or the DS800 based on your budget for best light coverage and intensity.
Consider the P900 or the P1200 based on your budget for best light coverage and intensity.
PLANTING THE EARTH TOWER VERTICAL GARDEN
When planting vegetables, lettuces, herbs, power greens, etc. follow each plant’s guidelines to figure how many seeds or starters to plant per row in the Earth Tower.
For larger plants, such as tomatoes, plant three plants per side. Begin at the second row of soil from the bottom and transplant your starter plants evenly throughout the bottom third of the tower. This provides the best growing room for roots and plant height. Consider placing your plants in such a way that they won’t interfere with the growth of other plants near them. Also consider that you’ll be tying your plants to the sideposts as they grow bigger and need support, so consider planting nearer the sideposts.
Now position the Earth Tower so two sides receive good illumination with ONE vertical grow light. If you want to plant all four sides, we recommend TWO vertical grow lights.
Ready to GO VERTICAL with GROW-YOUR-OWN?