When preparing for an emergency or disaster situation, food security is key to keeping your family safe and healthy. We have discussed how to build a stockpile of non-perishable foods, but having fresh organic vegetables at your disposal, is a great way to get nutrient packed foods on the dinner table and to keep your meals inspired and interesting. I discovered a product that can help you create a sustainable urban garden.
Product – Garden Tower Project Vertical Garden
Website – gardentowerproject.com
Price – $349.99 USD
Owners – Colin Cudmore and Joel Grant
Rating – 8.5/10
Introducing the Garden Tower Project
The Garden Tower is an innovative vertical garden and composter that is designed for small outdoor spaces. It is suited for those who want the benefits of homegrown fresh vegetables and herbs but live the urban lifestyle that often does afford much space. It is also great for those, like me, who have a black thumb and don’t have much spare time to nurture a vegetable garden. Really, anyone could grow a healthy garden using this product without much hassle and fuss.
How it Works
The Tower Garden vertical garden is an ingenious design that allows that acts as both garden and compost. It is a sustainable garden that can grow anywhere there is sun or grow lights. Here is how it works:
Once the garden is placed in a spot where there is optimal sun/grow light exposure, high quality soil is added to the unit and seeds and plants are placed throughout. The tower garden has space for 50 plants from base to to top!
Running down the centre of the tower garden is a vertical tube where you add your kitchen scraps for composting. Add red wiggler worms to the tube which in turn break down the compost and produce vermicompost. What is vermicompost? It is the process of composting using worms (red wigglers are usually best) to convert your kitchen scraps and organic material into ultra nutrient fertilizer. Worms digestive enzymes create beneficial microbes to help create a living soil environment.
The centre tube has 28 holes where the worms can travel through, essentially making wonderfully nutrient fertilizer which helps grow your plants quickly and organically. You water the top of the tower garden and the water filters through the potting soil and compost reaching each level of plants where it then collects in a container at the base of the tower. You then have this super nutrient water aka nutrient tea, that you can then pour back through the top, starting the process all over again.
The result is a fast growing, organic garden that can pretty much grow anywhere!
- Easy to use
- Fresh vegetables on your balcony or patio
- You know exactly what you are eating because you grew it yourself!
- Rapid plant growth
- Self sustaining system
- Great for rookie gardeners
- Cost – $349 plus taxes and delivery
- Only available online
- With any garden you will have to deal with pests like aphid mites, and whiteflies
Why You Should Consider Buying Tower Garden
With all the news around GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and overuse of pesticides, and lack of quality nutrients in soils in factory farms, organic products have become quite popular. Knowing exactly how the product was grown, and eating it at its optimal freshness is a real benefit to you and your family. Organic foods are quite expensive, sometimes being double the cost of the regular produce, so a one time investment in this system can save you quite a bit of money over the long run.
Food security is very important considering how complicated the food supply system is in North America. In the event of a natural or man made disaster, it could be difficult for your local grocer to stock fresh foods and in a large city, it can be especially difficult and likely dangerous. Having a sustainable veggie garden on your balcony will go along way in keeping you safe.
Anyone can use this product, and it is great for seniors or those with disabilities as you can sit or stand to tend to the tower garden. You pretty much add soil, plants, water and worms, and it does all the hard work for you.
My Final Review
Have you had success gardening in a big city? Let me know what worked best for you below in the comment section.