Garden Tower 2 Update

For those wondering how the Garden Tower 2‘s producing, here’s a photo series taken from each side. I rotate it daily or every other day. You can see some sides have more growth. Those would be the days I didn’t rotate so those plants got more southern exposure. This is a heavily harvested tower and still producing. I made a huge batch of pesto last weekend, mostly from the tower, and it looks like this weekend will be pesto time again.

Turning the tower seems to have kept most of my lettuce from bolting even in our many days of 90+ degree heat. As long as the tender greens get periodic afternoon shade, they seem to think it’s still earlier in the season. I can’t believe how much produce I’m getting from 4 square feet of space!

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So far so good with the fencing and mesh cage. A groundhog sniffed around and tried to figure out how to break in, but the 2 foot metal fencing and gate around the bottom are just high and wobbly enough that it gave up after just one “window warning” (opened and slammed shut).

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The other advantage so far is that the white cabbage moths can’t fit through the mesh to lay eggs on my kale. Major score! Usually by this time of year, those little green caterpillars do major damage or it becomes a near full time job picking off the eggs. It felt soooo satisfying yesterday to watch a moth try to enter from every angle and eventually move onto sipping catmint flowers. 🙂

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Now …. if we can just get the groundhog to move out of our shed. I had enough extra kale to give my neighbor a bunch when she dropped off a bucket of used kitty litter to drop down the new burrow. Fun times! She said, “I’m trying to wrap my head around this. I’m leaving a bucket of used kitty litter on neighbor’s porch — and I like her.” Always an adventure, even with plenty of yummies.

I also need to figure out how to prop up the dwarf tomato plant without ripping the mesh sides or ceiling. Even with pruning, it’s getting too big to rotate without hitting the top or sides.

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Overall, this garden season feels much more fun than past years in Kalamazoo. The front yard is mostly herbs, flowers, hot peppers, cucumbers and eggplant, but so far so good even there for lettuce. The front yard beds get afternoon shade, and the cucumber vines now shade the lettuce even in the sunniest parts of the day.

The weirdest thing is that something — I think a deer — is leaving all my edibles alone but decimating my “critter resistant” large sedum and one other plant that I only purchased due to its resistance. I forget the name now, but it starts with an “a” and it’s totally gone. I’ll take it, though. If something wants to concentrate on non-edibles that I only planted so I’d for sure have plants there even if an animal ate my more prized items, I’ll play along. Munch away … far, far away from the things I want to eat. 🙂

11 responses to this post.

  1. Its flourishing and lush❤

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  2. ❤

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  3. wow.. Every thing is looking good… 🙂 And just shows how quickly things have grown… I am in the process of uploading some photos to my garden blog… We have had rain for several days and the way things have grown in those few days is unbelievable .. Nature at least is thriving!! and I notice how everything seems in abundance this year… 🙂 Great the Moths were kept at bay…
    Looks brilliant… EnJOY…. ❤
    And I have enjoyed my catch up this afternoon also my friend…
    Love and Hugs your way ❤ 🙂

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  4. ❤ Thanks so much, Sue! Always good to hear from you! Love and hugs … ❤

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  5. My pleasure… Enjoyed my visit today ❤

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  6. Yay!!! Beautiful success!! 💚🍃

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  7. 💚💚💚

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  8. Posted by Jane Derbenwick on July 9, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Very lovely garden tower, Laura. So productive! Love, Mom

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  9. Thanks, Momma! Glad to carry on your green thumb. 🙂 ❤

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  10. Inspiring! I can totally see myself building and maintaining a tower like this. ❤ My mom also has a green thumb… not that this is a requirement.

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  11. Yes, the only thing is that it needs quite a bit of water with so many plants, but if you use a good quality soil with compost, it holds moisture pretty well. If we were going to travel, I would use plant nannies and bottles filled with water and just stick them evenly around the tower, especially in the lower tiers that can dry out first. Overall, it’s a phenomenal way to grow a lot of food in very little space. Plus, the worms in the compost tube eat your compost! ❤

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