What Can I Grow in a Tower Garden?
One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to growing a Tower Garden is “What Can I Grow in a Tower Garden? ” The official answer is “you can grow anything that grows above the ground, as long as it isn’t a tree, bush, or grapevine.”
So that means no apples, stone fruits or bananas (they are trees), blueberries, blackberries, raspberries (bushes) or grapes (grapevine). This list is not exhaustive, by any means, but it gives you a good idea. But, “can I?” is very different from “should I?”
What Can I Grow in the Tower Garden HOME?”
If the crop grows above the ground and it isn’t a bush, tree or grapevine then YES, you can grow it in either Tower Garden. It’s not the model of the Tower Garden (FLEX or HOME) that restricts what you can grow in them. The Tower portion is exactly the same. It’s the lighting, space, and your knowledge, experience, and patience that dictate what you grow.
If you have more questions on this, our post 3 Simple Questions to Figure Out What Tower Garden is Best for You will help.
You can also view a comparison of the Flex and Home here.
What Can I Grow Inside in a Tower Garden?
This is where it gets a little bit more complicated.
First, fruiting crops require both blue and red light, and you don’t get both from the LED grow lights.
Second, 99% of fruiting crops also require pollination so you will have to “be the bee”. It’s straightforward enough, you just need to be aware of this and take it into consideration.
Third, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, melons, and others can grow very large. Their vines can be 6ft or longer. Now, every leaf on every vine needs light. If your vine is growing across the living room and you have Tower Garden LED Grow Lights, some of these leaves are not going to be getting enough light. Remember the LED lights need to be within about 10 inches of the leaves, closer when the plants are seedlings.
What if you use the cage?
Let’s say you are growing a mixture of lettuce and herbs and you have cucumbers that are climbing all over the cage. The cucumbers are going to shade and effectively choke-out the lettuce, greens, and other small crops that are not growing outside the cage.
Keep it Simple
If you have never successfully grown a veggie garden, I cannot stress this enough, KEEP IT SIMPLE! Set yourself up for success. Don’t try to run, before you can walk. Start with simple crops (lettuce, herbs and greens). They require less work, attract less pests, need little to no pruning and don’t require pollination. While it is a Tower Garden and it is much easier than a traditional garden, it is still a garden and there is still a learning curve.
Now if you are an experienced gardener who has grown a veggie garden for years, go ahead and give it a try.
So to answer your question, can you? Yes. Should you, well that depends.
Purchase seedlings that are ready to be transplanted into your Tower Garden at www.livingtowerseedlings.com
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