My New Favorite Way to Grow Produce!

If you’ve been hanging around my blog in the past, you probably know by now that I love to garden. Growing up, we had a huge garden and I was expected to help with it. While I would often pick beans begrudgingly when younger (with gloves of course, because…SPIDERS!), I grew to love the wonderful taste and sense of accomplishment that comes from growing your own food.

My own garden is large – about 80 feet by 40 feet. It produces a lot of produce.


It’s a wonderful thing but also a huge amount of work. Working in it makes me hot and dirty and sneaky animals can gobble up things you’ve I have taken time to grow. That has continually happened with my beets and my swiss chard.


This past December, I purchased a Tower Garden. I LOVE the fact that it is grown aeroponically (uses 90% less water than traditional gardening) and can be grown indoors or out. That meant that I could grow this during the winter in Michigan:


It is SO easy. I literally spend maybe 10-15 minutes a WEEK taking care of it. That involves filling the reservoir with water and Tower Tonic (earth minerals blend) when needed, checking the pH of the water once a week, and trimming the roots once in a while. The best part is harvesting the delicious produce from it!

And the added benefit is no dirt and NO WEEDS! This has been the best part. I truly think anyone could do this.

We grew inside all winter using the grow lights that you can get for it and we loved being able to cut a fresh salad or grab some fresh herbs for cooking all winter long.

Near the end of May, I moved my Tower Garden outside and put some new seedlings in it. One of the great things about a Tower Garden is that you can start your own seeds OR you can order seedlings. I chose to get seedlings after accidentally frying my new seed starts by leaving it out in the seedling tray with the top closed! Oops.

Here is my Tower Garden immediately after filling with the seedlings:


And here it is just 3 weeks later:


And now about 5 weeks later:

5 wk Tower Garden

I’m growing the big, viney plants in my garden and using my Tower Garden for lettuces, greens and herbs. It’s super convenient to walk out on my deck and grab what I need for a fresh salad or a smoothie.

Do you have a garden? What are you growing?

I’ll be posting more about growing vertically in the weeks/months ahead so sign up for my email list so you don’t miss a thing! PLUS, when you sign up you’ll get a printable Pantry List to make shopping simple!



*If you are interested in checking out the Tower Garden you can learn more or purchase them here. (their payment plan option is the best!) I am happy to answer any questions you may have about them as I do partner with the company.



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