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Does anyone have one of these, or know how much they produce?
I went to a home and garden show this weekend, and they are selling for about $500.
We do buy lots of organic veggies and fruits from the store so this could help lower the cost plus provide food incase SHTF.
Will this produce enough food to make it worth my time and lower my cost of grocery bill?
I looked at these. Way overpriced for what you get. Also, vertical means one side will always be in the shade. You can build your own horizontal type hydroponic system for much cheaper. Google vertical earth gardens for some ideas.
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Yep! lol, for $500 we'd make you two of them. Seriously though, vertical gardening is a big space saver and a good idea in general. If you can make one (or even buy an expensive one) I think you'll like it. I'm gearing up to start planing mine again in the next couple weeks.
I am in a 3rd floor apartment for the next 5 months. I changed jobs about 6 months ago and had to move quick.
I am looking for a way to grow without land and this looks like the way to go. We do have a 10x8 balcony that I can fit something on.
I will be building my own thanks to you guys.
In small areas and apartments with a balcony something like this could give you a little bit of fresh stuff. I would put it on wheels so that it could be turned every couple of days to best rotate the sun around it. I would stay with fast growing greens as the main crops so that it could be kept growing all season if out side. plant it so that crops are ready at different times would keep you in lettuce or greens all summer. a lot of crops like that only take 30 to 45 day to harvest so each port could be planted a few times in most growing areas. I can also see using one in front of a large glass door in the winter to grow herbs and greens indoors in the winter.
Looks like expensive barrel gardening. Which you can do your self for under $50.00 bucks. http://youtu.be/lMQ-Wvjs5ck
Will be doing My own video how make your own barrel next month. I currently pay $35 for a 55 gal blue plastic barrel, $15 for a 20 gal barrel.
Also in the works is a high desert greenhouse.
Knowledge is preparation.
Best equipment does no good unless you know how to use it.
http://www.roberthicks.shelfreliance.com Thrive Freeze dried food page.
Looks to me like the one shown in your link would be quite easy to make using PVC pipe
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Tower Garden's are FANTASTIC. We've owned three for three and a half years now, before NSA began manufacturing them. Produce grows much quicker, fewer pests, easier, sustainable and healthier because of the Tower Tonic. As it automatically waters you don't have to worry about forgetting while you are out at work. Inside there is a small, low wattage submersible pump that can be easily run by solar to get completely off the grid. Another advantage of a Tower Garden over other manufactured or homemade systems is the plastic it is made from. PVC and Styrofoam leech chemicals. These end up in the water and then in your food. You wouldn't microwave a Styrofoam cup of coffee would you so why grow you food it in?
http://www.livingtowers.com is a great resource and shows you what can be done both in a backyard and on a larger scale with the Tower Garden technology. They wrote a fantastic blog post last week, "What is tower Garden?". You can read it here. http://blog.livingtowers.com/2013/02/so-what-is-tower-garden-anyway.html
I had a few questions about that. Everyone is saying make your own, and I would love to, and in fact I might start that this weekend, BUT.....
I do see some health issues with using normal PVC from Lowes or somewhere. Can you buy food grade PVC pipe from some where?
PVC pipe is used for potable water everyday all over the world. It should be safe to plant things in. When on fire, PVC fumes are dangerous, so don't light it on fire, otherwise you'll prolly die from something else way sooner in life
Fake Edit: I think that guy above may have some interest in that particular product.
No, I haven’t. And I don’t doubt that it says PVC is terrible. I do know that there is a huge market for fear and an equally huge segment of society ready to step and be fleeced by the purveyors of doom and gloom. People of course are welcome to be frightened of anything they like. I choose not to be.
As to PVC, it is used extensively in water treatment facilities that supply water to most cities. It is used in reverse osmosis systems that make purified bottled water, it’s used in water softeners, etc. If it were a serious danger I suspect it would be a well known fact.
..... Ya know, I just went and watched the Youtube preview of Blue Vinyl ( ‘cause I’m not gonna pay $2.99). If I’d of known in the beginning that it was a “Sundance Documentary” I would have just laughed and not even replied.
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