There are a few factors to consider when deciding what Tower Garden to purchase.
What Tower Garden is best?
It’s not a case of what Tower Garden is best, as the Tower portion itself is identical and interchangeable from one to another. It’s more a case of “What Tower Garden is best for your needs?” “Would the Tower Garden FLEX or HOME best suit your needs?” “Do I need a Family Garden?”
When deciding what Tower Garden is best for your needs we must answer the following questions.
- Do you plan on growing inside only, outside only or both inside and outside depending on the season?
- Of the crops you can grow in a Tower Garden, how much do you and your family eat each week?
- If you plan to grow outside, what are the average high temperatures in the summer?
Read on to learn what Tower Garden is best for your family’s needs, based on your answers to the questions above.
Do you plan on growing inside only, outside only or both depending on the season?
If you plan on growing inside only, then the Tower Garden HOME with LED Grow Lights will likely be the best choice for you. The diameter of the HOME is 2ft, compared to 2.5ft for the FLEX, so it’s a great choice for inside. Its slightly smaller size means it can fit into those tight corners.
While it is possible to add an extension to the HOME, it is not recommended due to the reservoir being smaller and more narrow. You don’t want the Tower to be too tall and top-heavy.
You can add a maximum of one Extension Kit (regular, baby greens, or combo) to a Tower Garden FLEX when you are using the LED Grow Lights. You can add an extension kit at any time. It does not have to be done when you first start. A regular extension adds 8 spaces a, baby greens extension adds 32 baby greens spaces and a combo adds 4 regular and 16 baby greens spaces.
If you are growing inside, also consider WHAT you are trying to grow inside. Check out our post “Can I grow ____ in a Tower Garden?” While not impossible, growing tomatoes, squash, or cucumbers inside is challenging, especially if you are new to gardening.
How much produce does your family eat in an average week?
Do you spend $20 or more each week on leafy greens, lettuce, herbs, and other fruits and veggies that you can grow in a Tower Garden? If so, a Tower Garden FLEX or Tower Garden HOME will be the best place to start. The model we recommend will be based on your summer highs (see the next question.)
You can add a maximum of one Extension Kit (regular, baby greens, or combo) to either the Tower Garden FLEX or HOME. A regular extension adds 8 spaces a, baby greens extension adds 32 baby greens spaces and a combo extension adds 4 regular and 16 baby greens spaces.
If you spend $45 or more a week on those foods then it would be worth considering a Family Garden. A Family Garden consists of three Tower Garden FLEX units, each with a regular extension. It allows you to grow up to 84 plants. Some families use one Tower for only tomatoes and the other two for leafy greens, lettuce, herbs, and other fruiting vegetables. Learn more about the Family Garden here.
What are the summer daytime highs where you live?
The great thing about the Tower Garden is it allows us to grow crops in the summer that we wouldn’t normally grow in the ground at that time.
- If the highs in the summer are in the mid-80s or lower, a Tower Garden HOME would be an option. If your winters are cold and you will grow inside with lights in the winter, I would recommend a Tower Garden HOME
- If your summers are on the hot side, a FLEX with its 20-gallon reservoir would be the better option. The larger reservoir means you will not have to fill it quite as often. You can also grow inside with lights if you choose.
- If your summers are blisteringly hot, (think 110 and up) then I would consider growing inside with either the Tower Garden FLEX or HOME and Grow lights.
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