We Love Our Tower Garden!
It's not just about the obvious health benefits, though we do like nutrient-dense, chemical-free produce at our fingertips. It's also immensely gratifying to grow your own food. Even my husband, who isn't a big veggie guy, has taken a real interest in the cultivation of our harvest. His favorite so far: the string beans, which I make for him with parsleyed new potatoes, lemon-garlic butter, and roast chicken.
See my pictures below chronicling our first Tower Garden experiences this year.
We planted 18 different kinds of seeds in rock wool. It took most of them about 3 weeks to get large enough to transplant to the Tower Garden.
Our transplanted seeds grew quickly in the aeroponic environment. The best growers initially were the gourmet lettuces, romaine, and basil. The cantaloupe was growing slowly.
By mid-June, we had already planted our second harvest of lettuces. The string beans, nasturtiums and snap peas were coming in. Their leaves and vines began to take over a little, blocking sun from some of the smaller starts.
Finally, the jalapenos, chives, tomatoes and cucumbers started showing up. The toma- toes were still green, but the cukes were ripe and awesome. Our kitchen smells so good just from cutting one open!
Our tomatoes have officially taken over. The snap peas are done, but were delicious. We have cherry, beefsteak and heirloom tomatoes. They are so much better and healthier than store-bought! Alas, no canteloupe :(