I waited until I had a chance to actually grow some plants in the tower before writing this review. Because I live in a warm area of the country (zone 9b) I’m able to have a year-round growing cycle, but I don’t have a lot of space.
This seemed perfect for me, so I’m recommending it to any prepper interested to grow its own food and save some space and money.
And here’s why!
Building the Tower
The tower itself was easy to assemble and get started and came with all of the necessary tools and parts, as you can see in the unboxing video below:
The drip system was logical and was organized in such a manner that it worked with gravity.
With a standard soil-based drip system, this usually means that the bottom plants don’t get as much water as the top plants, but since this system is made in such a way that it recycles water from top to bottom and uses a planting medium that’s much less dense than dirt, the water flows freely through it so that the bottom plants get just as much water as the top ones.
All in all, with the exception of the instructions, I’ve had a good experience with the tower.
Each section is well-constructed, as is the base, though I did mount it to a wall for stability. It’s easy to use and easy to assemble, and works with gravity.
It also uses very little water, which is, of course, a huge deal, especially in a drought or survival situation. I can even see where it would be perfectly good for indoor use if you were so inclined.
What to Plant
I chose to plant strawberries, green peppers, tomatoes, basil, and lettuce. I sprouted the seeds and grew them to seedlings, then transplanted them into the tower.
I had a mishap a few weeks after I planted my seedlings and lost the whole crop, so I had to start over. I’m now starting to see the beginnings of fruit from the new batch, so I’m excited to see what happens.
I also reevaluated the positioning of my plants the second time through.
Originally, I’d place the tomatoes in the middle because I thought that it would be easier to stake them using the side of the tower and letting them grow down, but I rethought that and decided it would be better to have them on the far left so that I can use lattice to support the plants if need be.
If you’re looking for a great way to grow vertically in small spaces using very little water, this tower is a great option.
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This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia.