Have you ever walked through a hydroponic store just for the fun of it? The shelves are stocked with mineral juices and accessories and parts that help the hydro-grower maximize precious indoor crops that soak up energy from high voltage lighting contraptions. The whole experience is surreal, and it makes you wonder what the patrons walking around the store do with their spare time.
The traditional hydroponic gardener is going to have to move over and make room. Here comes its aeroponic counterpart, and a fresh new vehicle for growing in the marketplace. National Safety Associates, LLC, a company based in Collierville, TN, is currently launching the very first patented vertical aeroponic Tower Garden, designed and engineered by master horticulturist, Tim Blank.
You will now see moms and pops walking into their local hydro store, looking for supplies that will support the growth of their Tower Gardens, such as indoor lighting, vermiculite, and rock wool.
Who even knows what aeroroponic means, anyway?
The difference between a hydroponic growing system and an aeroponic system has to do with the relationship that the roots have with water and oxygen. In a hydroponic system, roots soak in mineral water. In an aeroponic system, roots hang in the air while mineral water splashes over them in consistent, rhythmic cycles.
Why would you want an aeroponic growing tower?
The beauty of the Tower Garden is that you can save hundreds of dollars every month on produce such as lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, squash, and just about anything that doesn’t grow on a tall tree or in the ground as a root (radishes, turnips, onions, or carrots). If you are struggling in this horrid economy to keep high quality food on your table, the Tower Garden is for you.
If you feel compelled to support the locavore movement by refusing to eat food that carries a big, wide carbon footprint, the Tower Garden is for you.
If you support the organic movement by choosing to buy and eat organic foods whenever you have a choice, the Tower Garden is for you. The Tower Garden is technically not organic because there is no soil, only minerals. An organic label must contain living matter in the soil. Minerals, similar to rocks, cannot be called organic.
If you insist on being in control of your own food supply, the Tower Garden is for you.
If you are fed up with the monster corporation, Monsanto, and its bullying tactics against honest, hard working farmers, and will no longer tolerate being forced to eat GMO-produced food from Round Up ready, patented seeds, the Tower Garden is most definitely for you.
Children eat what they grow!
In 1999, the American Dietetic Association stated, “Children eat what they grow.” They also eat what they prepare. This is what excites me about the Tower. I have been on a mission for 25 years to create a better world, one person, one mommy, one family and one organization at a time by inspiring people to add more fruits and vegetables to their lives. The Tower is a perfect fit.
If the idea of planting organic seeds with your children, watching the seedlings grow, and transplanting them onto the 4 ½ foot, food-grade-plastic, vertical beauty while watching them grow until they ripen, the Tower Garden is for you.
The opportunity for every family to own an affordable, durable and environmentally valuable Tower Garden is here. It can grow in a backyard or atrium, on a balcony, on a patio, or on a rooftop with just $7.00 worth of electricity per year to power the pump. Once you add a lot of sunshine, and 20 gallons of water to the reservoir at the base of the Tower, you have a recipe for success and an abundance of vegetables that grow in a fraction of the time it takes to grow a traditional garden. There are no soil hassles because there is no soil. There is no bending over on your knees because food grows verticaly. There are no large pests to poison…the soft sound of the water pump at 15 minute intervals freaks the animals out.
The Tower Garden will not grow pickles…
I ordered my Tower Garden the second I was able to, and it arrived several days ago. It took me and my fifteen year old son 30 minutes to assemble it. We sat down together and decided which seeds we wanted to germinate into seedlings over the next three weeks. He asked me to plant pickles. I stared at him with my jaw half open for what seemed like an eternity, because I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry over his request. I eventually laughed, only because I tend to lean on the side of silly and happy than depressive. All I know is that he needs a Tower Garden in his life. If the only thing he learns from working with the Tower is that pickles don’t grow on a vine, then I’ve done my job as a parent. We planted cucumbers, just to satisfy his pickle fetish.
We planted our seeds in the rock wool and laid down the vermiculite, energized by the thought of eventually watching seedlings grow into an abundance of food for our future consumption. Our seeds came from Renee Shepard of Renee’sGarden, a company that distributes non-GMO fruit, vegetable, herb and flower seeds throughout the world.
We planted five different varieties of lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, five different herbs, squash, eggplant, filet beans, soy beans and cucumbers, in lieu of my son’s pickle tree.
I have no idea if these seeds are going to grow into seedlings, or whether or not the seedlings will stick and grow on my Tower Garden. Everybody who knows me well remembers that I have a brown thumb. I have much greater success with keeping humans alive than I do plants, but I am willing and even elated to jump into this lifestyle project, full-throttle forward, furiously and fast.
Together, we can set the trends for the health of our communities.
I feel a responsibility to model local, organic growing within my community, sharing this concept with my family, my friends, my neighbors, and children who don’t eat nearly enough fruits and vegetables. My own near-adult child, who didn’t understand where a pickle comes from until now, is not immune to the educational process behind the Tower Garden. After all, he wants to be a chef when he grows up. Maybe he will be progressive and use a set of Towers to grow his own food for his restaurant. The possibilities are endless for him, as long as he understands the value of a Tower Garden and how it works.
The future of growing is now. We are close to the day when every family in America, whether living in a big house with big land or in an apartment with a small patio, will be self-sustaining its own food supply. The introduction of the Tower Garden into society will change the way we grow and eat our food, and will improve the reputation of the hydroponic supplier forever. Move over hydro man, aero Tower Power has arrived.
Quote for the day: “All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney