The Tower Garden comes with everything you need to get growing. All you need to do is start your own seeds, and you’re on your way to fresh home grown produce. However, I’m always on the look out for things that are going to make my life easier. Here are a few of our favorite products that help with maintenance and pest control when growing a Tower Garden.
1. Inline Filter
If you are using city water we will ALWAYS recommend filtering the chlorine/chloramine before filling your reservoir.
Chlorine is a micronutrient required by plants. However, the quantity they need is minimal and is already found in the Tower Tonic Mineral Blend. When using non filtered water plants take in far too much and the result is often wilting, particularly in the summer months and diminished growth.
Chlorine dissipates in about 24-48 hours, so you may find your plants perk up after a day or two. Chloramine, which is a mixture of chlorine and ammonia does not. The effects of chloramine on your garden are even more detrimental than chlorine.
More cities are switching to chloramine as it means they have to add it less often. Look up their annual water report, which can often be found online or give your city a call and ask them whether they use chlorine or chloramine.
We are seeing an increasing number of growers have issues caused by chlorine/chloramine. We cannot control the weather, but we can remove the chlorine/chloramine and give the plants one less thing to stress them out.
2. Black Light
If you’ve grown tomatoes, there’s a good chance you’ve dealt with Tomato horn worms. Those big fat green caterpillars can decimate a tomato plant over night! Thuricide can be used topically, but it’s often just as easy to pick them off. The only problem is they blend in really well with the tomato plant.
Grab yourself a black light and go hunting at night! Those suckers glow in the dark so they can be found really easily with a black light.
3. Pump Dispenser for Gallon Jugs
The gallon jugs of minerals can be cumbersome and difficult for some to lift and pour. Use pump dispensers to fill the measuring cup before adding to the reservoir.
4. Cloning Collars
Now this is not something that I have used in the 12 years I’ve grown Towers, but I know some of you want to use them. It isn’t necessary, but it isn’t going to do any harm. Cover empty growing ports with these cloning collars.
5. Bird Net
It’s frustrating when the birds find your tomatoes before you do. Protect your crop with a bird net. I only had to use it for a few weeks. Once the birds realized they could no longer get at the tomatoes, they moved on. I was able to take the net off and store it for later.
Pests are part of gardening so it’s important to be prepared. Azamax is a favorite of ours as it’s suitable to use on a wide range of insects and mites.
Purchasing seedlings can save you between 1 and 4 weeks waiting for seeds to germinate. We offer over 80 varieties, a loyalty and referral program and ship via UPS or FedEx. Order your seedlings at www.livingtowerseedlings.com