Tower Garden helps turn thumbs green

Ryan Boldrey
Posted 6/20/12

Producing up to 13 harvests a year, the Tower Garden is so easy it can turn anyone’s thumb green. Invented by Tim Blank, former chief …

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Tower Garden helps turn thumbs green

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Producing up to 13 harvests a year, the Tower Garden is so easy it can turn anyone’s thumb green.

Invented by Tim Blank, former chief horticulturist for Epcot Center and research liaison with NASA, Tower Garden can grow everything from a head of lettuce to an edible herb to a beefsteak tomato. Anything that is not a root vegetable, a shrub or tree, the 5-foot-tall aeroponic tower can do indoors or outdoors, year-round, up to 20 plants at a time.

“The idea was that every crop a homeowner would want to grow could be done right in the comfort of their own backyard,” said Blank, owner of Future Growing, in one of the company’s numerous YouTube videos available online.

And by comfort, one can forget about weeding, pesticides, herbicides and the majority of the bug population as well.

Add to that, more consistent, nutrient-dense produce than one would get by planting in the ground or purchasing commercial produce, which is typically soil-depleted and picked prior to ripening.

“With a conventional garden, you are relying on what nutrients are in the soil and you don’t ever know what’s in the soil,” said Sandy Virden, whose company, Juice Plus+ in Highlands Ranch, is a Tower Garden retailer.

“With the Tower Garden, roots are growing on the inside of the column with a patented blend of earth minerals, getting a lot of oxygen, and the water is going over it every 15 minutes, 15 minutes at a time.”

Also, you don’t have to wait for the soil to thaw to get started on your garden.

“All you have to do is get a grow light and you can bring it inside and grow year-round,” said Virden, who got her own Tower Garden this February and started growing fruits and vegetables right away in her kitchen. “Because of our sunshine that we have so much of all the time, I was able to start it with natural sun at a window with southern exposure in February and it has been outside since April.

“Most people in Colorado wait until after Mother’s Day to start planting, so it’s often August before they are even harvesting their produce. I’ve been eating lettuce from the Tower Garden for some time now and I’ll be eating ripened tomatoes in June.”

Another bonus of the Tower Garden is the cost factor. At $499 it is comparable to the cost of beginning a small raised garden in one’s yard, and that cost, which can be split into 12 interest-free payments, includes cherry tomato, beefsteak tomato, basil, gourmet lettuce and cucumber seeds.

In addition to the structure and seeds, the Tower Garden also comes with a wheel base, making it easy to move in the event of a hailstorm, which protects your plants.

“It has everything you need to get growing,” Virden said.

For more information on Tower Garden, visit www.towergarden.com or call 866-235-0414.

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