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Urban gardens! Schoolyard gardens! Preschool gardens! Come hear a guy who is making these happen all across America this Saturday ~ Guests are free!!! All you need to do is let me know you’re coming. See email link below.
Hyatt Place Lake Mary/Orlando North
1255 S. International Parkway, Lake Mary 32746
What a blessing to have Stephen Ritz come to our back yard! Stephen Ritz has inspired thousands of teachers and students to go back to their roots and eat what they grow. Graduation rates go up and student discipline goes down. Not to mention the long term health benefits as these kids learn to love their greens!
Interested in adding Tower Gardens to the curriculum to a school in the central Florida area? I can help you with grant opportunities. Now’s the time to get that process started for next year. firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s time to prepare for your spring Tower Garden by deciding what you’d like to grow and placing the seeds on order. The Sky’s the limit for your choices this time of year here in central Florida (until the summer heat rolls in).
Try new things! The seed catalogs that have been arriving in our mailbox over the past few weeks picture so many options it’s hard to pick just a few. Of course we have our favorites but love to try new veggies each season. How about the green beans (pictured above) that are bright purple until cooked when they magically turn green before your eyes. Beautiful, aren’t they! Read More
Colder weather means full-strength nutrients (20ml per gallon of A and the same for B). I switch to full-strength when the temperature no longer reaches above 85 degrees. This applies whether the plants growing in your Tower are all mature or a combination of seedlings and mature plants.
Use half strength nutrients (10ml per gallon of A and the same for B) in the summer when the temperature is steadily reaching 90 degrees or anytime of the year when your Tower contains all new seedlings.
The graphic above provides an easy nutrient reference guide. Remember, nutrients should be added each time you add water to the reservoir. See page 3 of this document entitled Water for a handy way to measure the water in reservoir.
Wondering what types of produce can handle colder weather. This short, but very informative article from the seed company Botanical Interests does a great job of answering the question. I’m amazed at the variety of produce that can handle hard frost. I also didn’t realize a light frost makes leafy greens sweeter.
The answer is any plant that’s not a tree, bush, or root vegetable. That leaves lots of options! Yes, you can grow melons, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, peppers, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, beans, peas, Swiss chard, kale, collard greens, lettuce, bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and kohlrabi – to name a few. This photo album of our Towers and produce grown via this easy gardening method shows the abundance it produces, Our Productive Tower Gardens.
It’s unseasonably cold across the country for this time of year and we’re no exception here in Florida. However, no matter where you live, you can keep our Towers growing in spite of the cold weather. Here’s how:
1) Keep your Reservoir Full:The water will stay warmer when the reservoir is full. It’s much easier for a volume of 20 gallons to maintain heat than it is for only 5 gallons.
2) Place your Tower in the Sunniest Location: If you have the option of moving your Tower to a sunnier location, do so. The days are shorter and the sun less intense in the winter months. Your produce will be happier with more sun.
Wondering what to grow this fall? So many veggies and herbs are happy to grow during this wonderful time of year when the weather is not too hot and not too cold. To help you select greens, lettuces, herbs and produce for your fall Tower, here’s a list of fall plants Mike and I have enjoyed growing or have been successfully grown by other central Florida Tower Gardeners.
Click on the “Fall Growing Guide” listed on the Resources and Downloads page of this blog and let me know if and how it helped you!
One of my absolute favorite things about the Tower Garden is the ability to grow lettuce all year round here in central Florida. Because the ground gets too warm causing dormancy, lettuce can’t be grown in the traditional garden during our summer months.
That said, it’s helpful to keep the following things in mind when growing summer lettuce in the Tower Garden:
Seedlings grow much better when the water surrounding the base of the rockwool is cool. This can be a challenge in the summer. Here’s how I keep our seedlings cool until they’re ready to be transferred to the Tower.
Hope this helps you grow lots of strong seedlings this summer! If you’d like to receive my posts, please click the ‘SUBCRIBE’ button near the top of the right hand column.