Grow 53 Plants in 4 Sq Ft with a Garden Tower Vertical Container Garden

This is John Kohler with growing your
Today we have another exciting episode for you. I just got a new toy in the mail it’s
the right hear check it out. This is actually called the garden tower project and it’s known
as a garden tower. And what it is basically, it looks like a 55 gallon drum with a heavy
modification to grow food in. But why I like this so much is because it has 45 planting
spots all up and down through this whole barrel. In addition you can plant some plants up the
top so you can plant over 50 plants in just 4 ft.² off space. So literally, that’s a
lot of planets for it just a small area. So this is especially good if you have a patio,
deck, little apartment or a condo and you don’t have a lot of space. Maybe if you just
have a little bit of space on your patio outside. You could grow a lot of food in the sky. I
have seen other tower gardens, which I don’t particularly care for but this guy let’s you
grow a lot more and he lets you roll it in soil. Plus, this is very intelligently designed.
It’s part of the best vertical tower garden system I’ve ever seen. Let me go ahead and
explain why. Besides the 45 planting holes, what’s unique about this system is, it’s got
this Center tube hear in middle and what they do in the center tube is your going to put
food scraps and red wiggler worms or composting worms. The worm is going to eat the food scraps,
break it down, spread the worm compos or Vermeer compost all throughout the unit to help fertilize
the plants in there. Plus on the bottom of this unit is a place that you can actually
take out the food scraps out of the bottom. So that’s really cool. This vertical tower
garden makes its own fertilizer. You can’t say that for other ones. Another thing is
that this is water conserving. So water is a very precious resource especially depending
on where you live in this day and age. And this one conserves water. How does it do that?
Well Very simply. You pour the water on or water up to the top while the plant will get
water the water will drain down all the different plant planted in all of these pocket things
are going to get water then the water goes to the bottom, once it get to the bottom it’s
basically funnel out certain whole and you’re going to put little buckets underneath and
all the water that goes through, now your going to have it in a bucket. You can re-use
this water to water it again so that there is minimal water loss. Many just standard
garden pots or whatever. You know you will just water and it just run out on the deck
or down below. The excess water on your deck can actually ruin your deck. If you live on
a three-story apartment building and you have to water your plants. When you over water
them the stuff will drip down to your neighbor which isn’t cool either. This you could collect
the water and reuse it. So this is a well thought out design so I’m happy to be setting
one up and sharing this up with you guys and showing you how it works and how I’m going
to set it up. So this just came to me as you guys can see there is a US Post Office label
on there. I mean it literally came shaped like this through the mail without even any
raping. It was not damaged our anything. It looks totally perfectly fine. So in this video
what we’re going to do is to set this guy up and show you guys how easy it is to set
up. I’m going to make a specific potting soil mixture. I’m going show you guys that as well.
Plus you’ll see me plant out my plants. And by the end of his video you’ll see how easy
it is to set one of these garden Tower projects up if you want to grow avertable At home.
So I guess with that, let’s get into un-boxing and assembling. So let’s see what we got in
the box here. Sounds like some hard work so construction is super simple super easy. I
think pretty much what were going to need to do is to bolt down a few legs and put a
couple of bolts in there. In the box you get some instructions. It’s definitely important
to follow the instructions. I might read them or look at them but I’m just going to just
do my own thing. Looks pretty basic. Next we got some stainless steel hardware. If you
use standard hardware on something like this outdoors it’s going to rust, not cool. I like
the providing of heavy-duty stainless hardware. In addition we have the wood legs. These stand
it up off the ground so that you can put a bucket underneath to collect all the water.
Plus it also allows you to garden whether you’re sitting or standing. So if you’re in
a wheelchair you can still garden in this garden tower project. So definitely really
cool. There’s three legs and look to be a nice hardwood here. In addition we have two
more parts, a standard pot looks like it’s made out of pbc, and the top basically goes
on here. And it doesn’t set all the way down. It kind of just sits on the top; it doesn’t
go all the way down because in the end you wouldn’t be able to get it back off. The top
has some holes in it for air ration. And you want to learn more about this at
Finally we have this big thing here. This is some kind of compression plug. What this
does is go underneath the bottom of the whole unit. The club actually fits in the bottom
of this tube here. You can remove this plug for a harvest in your worm casting from under
neath. This is definitely well thought out. I like it for sure. So next let’s get in to
the actual assembly. It’s going to be a breeze. So for the assemble we are going to need a
few things. We’re going to need a small table or something else I like, a 7 gallon bucket.
What were going to do is take this guy and put it on the top of the bucket to get it
off the ground. And I hope this holds us in now. And some other things will need of source
are some tools. We got us some half inch ratchet and a half inch driver. That’s going to basically
bolt on these legs. These legs have special cutouts and they are labeled. This one’s labeled
C. You’re going to look for the labels c on the unit itself. And it’s just going to sit
like that and you’re going to bolt them in. So that’s it. You don’t want to over tighten.
Just finger tighten and
that would be good. We’re going to go ahead and take
it off the bucket here. It’s fairly light.
We are going to go ahead and take our little plug here and unscrew this guy. Then when
you unscrew it is going to lose the tension on this rubber bushing thing in here. And
then you take it and put it underneath and shove it in the hole. And then you go-ahead
and screwed tight and it’ll lock in place. So once you have your garden tower fully assemble
and is actually quite a breeze to assemble. You’re going to want to do a few things. Number
one, you’re going to want to find the right location place your garden tower. I recommend
placing it in the sunniest place possible. The more son your plant receive, the faster
it will grow for you. Don’t worry. Even if you have a place that doesn’t get enough sun,
that’s alright because you can still grow some things. Shady spot is better to grow
herbs and leapy which will do okay but not exilent. Just won’t grow and yield as fast.
So you want to find the right location before filling it up. Because if you fill it up and
try to move it is going to be quite heavy. Besides the location you’re going to want
to get somewhere nice and level. If your location is on grass or dirt you’re going to want to
put it on some metal bricks to keep it off the wet ground. After you have selected your
location the most important thing that you need to do is to fill it with the proper and
appropriate soil mix. I cannot emphasize enough how important this is. If you fill it up with
just any old dirt from your yard your plants probably won’t do as well. Plus because this
is a container garden you need to have proper air ration, proper moisture holding capabilities
in there. So for that reason I recommend using a potting soil mix. There many potting soil
mixes of the marketplace and some of definitely better than others. Usually in potting soils
but not always, you get what you payed for. If you paid a good amount for a potted soil
mix you get quality stuff. If the potted mix is pretty cheap then normally the ingredients
aren’t so good. You want to get a nice fine potted soil it’s going to want to contain
things like, coconut core, perlite and compost. If you buy a pre-bagged one that’s great,
because that’s going to make it easy for beginners. I like to personally make my own blend. And
that’s what I’m going to show you now to make your own blend of a good potting soil. It’s
going to work excellent in the garden tower that I’m assembling behind me. So what I want
to do is to have a nice fluffy mixture. If you want to get some dirt, stand, dirt, mud
or clay. It’s going to flip in there and the roots won’t be able to grow optimally. The
plan routes don’t grow through the soil, they’d grow between the airspace in the soil. And
that’s why good fluffy mix is going to be optimal for this. That’s what most potting
mix provides. That’s what I’m pretty much going to duplicate doing my own thing. I’m
going to cheat a little bit. Most potting mixes, as I’ve mentioned earlier containing,
perlite, coconut core or Pete moss plus compost and other ingredience. I’m going to make up
a mix myself making the perlite separate from the Pete moss or coconut core. I’ve got some
product that has already done that for me. Many of you guys might know this stuff right
here it’s called Pro mix BX with mycorrhizae. This is perlite with the Pete Moss and it’s
from Canada and it’s premade. It also has the beneficial fun guy, the mycorrhizae which
is really going to supercharge plant growth. It will help plants get more nutrition out
of the soil that you’re planting in. So while you could use something like this I find a
much better alternative to using something like the Pro mix as the base to my potting
soil that I’m going to create in the wheelbarrow behind me. Now this guy is actually called
in air Max. So instead of just having the perlite and the Pete Moss which I’m not a
super huge fan of. I still use it absolutely and it’s a great medium. But I prefer coconut
core as a much better medium. Coconut core is more sustainable than the Pete Moss and
it’s more renewable. A coconut palm will produce over a 100 knots a year. And we’ll eat the
food and drink the water out of that. It’s one of my favorite foods. But also you’re
left with the husk on the outside that can be put into a product like this to be reused.
There is a never ending resource as long as the coconut tree is abound. I like the earmarks
because it has the quadruple wash Coconut fiber and this is important that you get a
high quality coconut core. Many coconut core can be of often low-quality and things will
not grow in them or grow that well. Not being properly balanced. The coconut core it’s a
great product but it needs to be washed to get out all the different nutrients out of
it that may have been sitting there from being in brackish water or whatnot. I like this
as triple washed coconut core. In addition it also has the pure light that is also definitely
really good. It also has Pairo magnetic rock. Definitely really good. It also has the mycorrhizae
and humic acid in seaweed. So these are some of my favorite product that I won’t have to
add to the mixture because it’s already in the back. So what I’m going to do next is
put in two of the bags its one point five cubic feet each. That’s going to be a total
of 3 ft.³ I think the garden tower holds 8 ft.³ or so. That’s going to be three bags
that’s a good portion of it. The other things that were going to add in their is the compost,
worm casting, fungal-based compost and a few other things like the rock dost and some other
things that I like. I’m going to show you guys how to mix it up behind me. Now we’re
going to make up the soil mix. This is my favorite part actually because I get to get
my hands dirty. We got the wheelbarrow here that holds 4 1/2 ft.³ of soil. We are going
to Make two batches to fill the garden tower there. The first ingredients were going to
use is the airmax. We’re going to cut open the bag here. It’s definitely nice to, rich
and black. Lots of porelite and cocnut coure in there. There is no smelling in there and
I like that a lot. So we’re going to dump this in as our base ingredient. If you can’t
get the air Max or can’t find it you’re going to want the use a good washed coconut core
or a purlight to make up for it. You can also use the makariser the calp the seaweed the
paramagnetic rock and the other stuff that are in here. I like that they put it together
for me and they formulate an excellent blend and they have done a lot of testing on it
to get excellent results if you know what I mean. I’m not going to go around and reinvent
the wheel when I can find a product that can really kick some butt. Let’s go head and dump
this guy out. This stuff is nice and rich. I want to show you guys the difference between
this stuff here and the standard potting stuff that you might buy. Here’s a standard potting
soil and it’s made by Kellogg’s. So we’re going to go ahead and open this stuff up.
We’re going to put about a quarter of what’s in the bag in here just to get volume and
masse to our mixture. It’s also kind of fluffy because this is a standard potting mix. I
want to share this with you guys and compare to the stuff I put in. And also give you some
ideas on what is normally put in potting soil mixes. You might want to look for it or you
might not want out of it. I’m going to read you guys the ingredients on the bag. Composted
Forest product, composted rice halls, composted porched manure, pearlite, caltmeal, worm castings
and iron saltfate. And this is an organic potting mix. I always recommend that you guys
purchase organic Potting mix without chemically derived altered factory mixtures. If it says
organic usually it’s from natural material that I would actually use in my garden. This
is actually 0MRI certified so that’s definitely a good certification to look for it if you
can’t find it in your area. Let’s pour out some of this stuff here. Once again it’s nice
and black.We will put in about that much right here. And unlike the stuff you just saw before
it’s nice sun block. I don’t know if you can see it on the camera. And if we dig up the
air Max you can see the difference. This stuff looks to me like it has a lot of uncomposted
Forest product. I’m not a fan of uncomposted Forest product which includes pieces off little
wood ships and barks and stuff like this. This would not be my first choice for a potting
soil to fill out my garden tower. That’s why I’m just mixing this stuff in. I mean some
of this stuff is good. A little bit of compostd monour in there. But I’m not a fan of that
stuff either. So besides this stuff that where going to mix in, we’re going to go ahead and
put in one of my favorite ingredients. Compost that I made myself. I recommend that you guys
make your own compost. If you can’t make your own compost, buy from a reputable store. A
lot of compost in the store are not really of high quality and that are from things that
I wouldn’t necessarily use. alot off compost that are mostly made from animal monoures
which are from the factory and those I wouldn’t use. The compost that I made here is made
out of food scraps and yard clippings, pine pellets and sawdust and also some coconut
core that I’ve added in addition. Let’s pour this stuff out. I have sieved it all. This
is definitely a heavier soil cause I added all that perlight and coconut core in the
air Max product. We’re going to mix this altogether. It has a nice mutual smell. I like that a
lot. Nothing better than your homemade compost. The next thing we’re going to add to our mixture
is something I’m a big fan of is the rock dost. I have about four different kind of
rock dust. So where do not add them One at a time. You might be asking which rock dust
is the base to have. I recommend any rock dost. It is
best to combine all the rock dost so that
the plants get all
the minerals. I have the azurites version and the micro bits version of powdered up
version. If you can only find azurites in the powdered version that’s the one I would
recommend. The granola version is also cool. It doesn’t dissolve quite so easily. It’s
what’s available in the local area because azurites can be hard to find. If you are looking
for azurites and unable to find it in a local nursery, don’t be alarmed. You can actually
order it online. I have a small video and entitled the lowest price on rock dust. Actually
that’s where I got my stuff. I’m just going to use of standard little cup here and where
to take a couple of each of the rock dost and pour it in my mixture. Be aware when dealing
with the power of rock dust it is a fine particulate so you would want to wear a dust mask. I’m
going to carefully pour out some into my mixture and continue adding stuff. Next we are going
to go ahead and add a whole bunch of the grainier. And I do have a video comparing the grainier
to the micronized version if you’re interested. But this step is actually a lot larger. So
we’re going to go once again put this on our mixture as well. Next we have another rock
dust called the volcanic mineral plus. We going to go once again and put our scoop in
here. This is not quite as fine as the azurites so it is not as dusty. This is more of a sandy
type texture, its still a bit dusty my favorite thing to do is to blend all different type
of rock dust. If you can only find one use one. You can find many kinds then use smaller
amounts of each kind to get that synergistic effect to ensure that your plants are going
to have the minerals they need to succeed. School the Spanish made their carbonate may
be available if you live up in Canada on the East Coast of the US or up in Ontario. I like
this one a lot; it’s a well-balanced rock dust that I’ve found. And I am happy to have
included it in my garden. Let’s go ahead and get another rock dust. The next rock dust
is called guy green glacial rock dust found in British Columbia area of Canada. So if
you’re on the west coast of Canada you may be able to find the guy green glacial rock
dust. This is one of the oldest this rock dust that I’ve been using for the longest
time. This is actually the micronized version about as fine as the azurite once again we’re
going to get a nice scoop out of here. This one is quite powdered up so you want to wear
a respirator and try not to make it dust off too much. Next we have a trace in or product
.And this is how serious I am about rock dust I don’t just use one I use many kinds. To
make sure my plants are going to be happy, it’s like a if you go to a buffet, would you
to go a buffet would like to go to a buffet that just had salad bar or would rather go
to a buffet that has a salad bar, pizza station, spaghetti station, hamburger station, the
Taco station and it’s a lot of station right well you get my point. Your plants want all
these different stations and I’m providing it to them by giving them a little bit of
all these different kinds of rock dust and I’m glad I’m able to do this. This one’s thanks
to the viewer, this is actually called the cascade mineral it’s actually from the pacific
North West. We’re going to go ahead and grab a scoop this is actually a dark black rock
dust it’s not quite as fine as the other ones its maybe a little more coarse than the Spanish
river carbonate. Well it looks good nonetheless, I’m glad I’m adding this next venture as well.
Next we have another trace mineral product it’s actually called the egg when mineral
fertilizer so yet another trace segmentation I hear this one actually comes from Europe.
But the country is actually distributing it out of California. This is a nice red color
it be cool to show all these colors on the camera there. All the different colors of
the different rock dust means different nutrients are in there. So the next mineral product
we have is called jumbo maximize not only does it contain the minerals it contains beneficial
microbes that help basically break down the minerals and allow your plants to absorb them.
So were going to put in a scoop of the jumbo maximize in our mixture. I mean all that comes
in these products are simply amazing so another way to add minerals back into the soil is
by using something called humid acid this is some soil humid right here in this bag
I got it at the local feed store. And it’s like black pebble things it has minerals that
will be added back into the soil. Some of this is actually a powder you can see some
of it constantly blowing off. I definitely think this is a good thing to add as well.
Another thing I’ve talked about on my show in the past has been zealight. We have some
powdered up zealight in here. Once again zeolite is just another mineral. That’s what I’m big
on, adding minerals. Most people add NPK which three minerals back in there soil. I’m adding
a host of over seventy dirt mineral in all these different basically grown or braux.
The zealight acts as as a really fine particulate. So you want to were a respirator for some
of these things and try not to make it dust up so much. We have another mineral with mostly
carbon. I’m using bio char one of these days I will make a specific video on the bio char
far you guys and hopefully I can get you a special price. They can be hard to find and
very expensive. Okay let’s go ahead and put the scoop off this stuff. This is pre-inoculate
bio char if you’re using char it’s basically carbin and the carbin. Carbin can set new
nutrients out of the soil. That’s why I like preinoculated bia char. We’re going to add
the tool scoops of this bio char. The bio char is good because it gave the microbes
a place to hide. You think of bio char as if you’re thinking of a sponge with the needs
of no ax and the greans well that’s how it is under a microscope. Oh but the bacteria
can hide in there and give them a nice home plus it adds carbon to the soil which is really
important for the plants growth. There’s this soil called teripredi soil from South America
it’s like dark nice rich soil I found that it contains a nice percentage of biocharg
it’s a good thing to add to your garden. I’m adding it into my soil mix. And here’s a another
product called soil optimizer . I start using it this year and I’m getting some amazing
results in my garden by just adding some of the products. We are just going to go ahead
and add a half couple. This product is once again the hemi acids. These are very important
for the optimal soil fertility once it relates to the bacteria. Once again that’s what I’m
trying to here. I’m trying to build the best soil. The soil microbes help to break down
all the nurturance in the soil so you can feed your plant so they can dance. Just to
ensure my plants get off to a good start I’m going to add a organic based fertilizer. Not
from manors. It’s called the nourish bio salt this is a seven to one. And we are going to
go ahead and take a scoop of this stuff and put it in the mix. The next thing we are going
to add are merle hipon. It’s the earth worm casting. The earth worm casting are one of
the best things you could add to increase the bio diversity of the beneficial bacteria
and funguy that could probably obtain locally if not make yourself at home in a worm bin.
We are going to take about five scoops of this worm castings and to the mixture. This
is nice dark and rich castings. Use different casting from different suppliers that are
feeding their worms different things because the nutrients in the worm castings are going
to be a little bit different. Maybe I put too much in mine but you can’t put too much
casting. It will not burn your plants. Next lets add another kind of casting. The next
thing is insect frash and this is organic certified and what this is going to do is
not only add nutrition it going to add some beneficial micros, beneficial fugue and bacteria
back into the soil that going to help convert nutrition out of the soil and take it in the
plant. Plus the intake fras is high on the kiting which will help your plant build their
defense against insects. So we throw some out in our mixture. The next ingredient in
my opinion is also very important to add which is what many gardeners maybe leaving out.
What we have in this day and age is called the boogy humas. And this is a basically wood
chip composts made at a low temperature. It takes years for this wood to develop from
rotten trees. This basically gets the fugile into my soil. Add half of bag into the mixture.
Many people do not know that many trees in the forest are fungal dominated. It’s always
a mixture. It is important to have a right mixture. After adding all the ingredient we
are just going to mix it up. So I have all my soil mixed up. It’s nice and fluffy. Some
of you are asking what ratio I use. I just go by gardener’s inter wishing. If you don’t
feel good making this mixture yourself that’s all right you can go buy a reputable potting
mixture. I just want to dive in and get best and most explosive growth and highest product
produce I can grow that’s why I add a lot of these things. I know some of these things
are hard to find or expensive. You want to defiantly use a coconut core and per light.
You also want to defiantly use a compost. A termafilic compost, heat base compost, fungal
dominated compost, rock dust and the worm castings. That’s my bear minimum. The next
step is to put the mixture in my garden tower and start planting out. I full up the tower
little by little and then I put the plant in it as I go along. Whenever planting in
your garden tower you want to plant the appropriate plant. We are into the fog approaching the
winter so I’m going to plant plants that can deal with the weather that we are going to
be getting here. Certain plant can’t deal with certain weather. Another thing that I’,
notice is the spaces of these holes are not too large I find that it is best to get the
standard small six packs work best to trance plant from. I was planting these jumbo sixers
here. The jumbo sixers have a larger space and these are probably three inch or two inch
in diameter. I will have to sqees them in but yet they fit very nicely. If you are trying
to trance plant from a four incher it might be a challenge to get it into the garden tower.
I recommend trance planting from six packs. I recommend you start from trance plant for
a higher chance of success. So I’m continuing to plant up my tower here and I found some
approaches that work very well. An average person would dump all the soil in there. If
you do that you’re going to half to dig out the hole to get your trance plant in there.
I’m going to show you my favorite way to put plants in here that are larger than the hole.
You’re going to plant from the inside. Take out the plant put it on the inside and stick
the plant out through the hole and cover the root with the soil mix. You just repeat that
for the next nine holes. I got all the plants in there and the roots are hanging on the
inside. We are going to plant lattice for the final transplant. So I got all the levels
planted in super simple super easy. So now that we got all the different plants in place,
we level off the soil mix carefully on the top of the tower. I think I will plant some
spinach on top. We got eight pots of spinach on top. I like to space them out. This tower
has about fifty three plants .In just four square feet of space. That’s amazing. Plus
it pretty much recycles the water. So we just water the tower until it starts come out of
the bottom. This might take a bit. These guys definitely wanted a drink. It reminds me of
a song when I was younger. Have a drink on me plants. So we are watering and what happens
when we water is we are distributing it evenly around. You should try and water closer to
the outside so it can ketch the baby roots. It’s like a sponge so it takes a while for
the water to soak in. oh man finally I’m don’t took me about five minute for it to start
dripping into the bucket under the tower. You need to find a place you want it because
after you water it you won’t be able to move it. As you can see it is leaking out through
the bottom along with some of the nurturance. When it’s don you can throw it back in the
tower to keep the nurturance. So a week has past and it’s looking really beautiful. Some
of the plants had some plant shots but they are getting over it now. Everything is lush
and doing pretty good especially the spinach. The spinach really filled out since I’ve put
it in there. Everything is pushing out a lot of leaves like they are ready to harvest.
I like that the larger plants I put in there is doing much better. They are flourishing
better than the smaller ones. I always encourage you guys to start out with some larger size
trance plant. With the larger size transplant you won’t have to plant them from the back
side. The final stage I couldn’t film earlier because I didn’t have the things to do it.
That is to fill up the tube in the center of the tube. The center tube is where the
magic happens. This is why I like this garden tower system because it allows you to keep
you own worms. The worms will eat your old produce scraps and make fertilizer or the
rich worm casting which are very beneficial to your plants. So the theory is if you full
this up with some bedding and some food scraps and some bunch of worms in there are going
to go down on the food scraps and they’re going to basically go through the holes in
the thing to go into the composted all-around and you will have a living system in here
that will create it’s own fertilizer. Like I said earlier you want to start with a really
good soil mixture that is really rich and nutritious. I don’t want to leave this to
a hand full of worms to give nurturance to all 50 plants here in this tower garden. So
the reason why I couldn’t finish this project is because I didn’t have any worms. So I had
to figure out how to get the wiggler worm which you know is the composting worms that
is the red worms. The often time sold at bait shops which are used for fishing. I called
a few place around here and they didn’t have any. So luckily I found a lady on craigslist
who sold the worms for compost and she is big in keeping her worm. And I’m glad I can
support here. She sells five hundred worm for $15 or a thousand worm for $30. I went
ahead and bought the worms. It came in a dish thing that you do your dishes in. she said
the worms can be kept in this. She said I should take out some of the worms because
500 worms should not be kept in there it’s better for about 200. She gave me directions
and everything . This is a very good business for you entrepreneurs. The earthworms create
some of the best fertilizer on earth for your plants. This is how nature works. Why did
nature god or whatever put the earth worms in the grown to eat up and decompose the organic
matter and make nurturance for the plants to keep the cycle going. It’s all about systems.
A tip she gave me is I want to keep it in light for couple of days. What that will do
is the light keeps them in there and prevents them from crowing out. It looks like a bunch
of shredded news paper. I don’t know how she counts out 500 worms. Or maybe she just weighs
them. Basically she put some shredded news paper in it and a card board mat at the bottom.
There is a whole bunch of them under the cardboard. What we are going to do is throw some of these
worms down the tower tube. We are going to remove the PVC cap here. I see the tub go
all the way down to the bottom. There looks like there is an overflow of soil mixture
that I filled it with. The thing is this step is really optional. I highly encourage you
guys to do this step to keep some live worms in here. If you don’t want to do this step
with the worms you could just fill it up with your standard potting mix that you used to
fill it up. I recommend that you fill it up with food scraps about one third of the way
up and then add about a hand full or two of worms in there. I’m going to do it little
different. Worms like a good bedding to sleep like shredded news paper. You should use the
black and white news paper not the colored because it is glossy. This is what I’m going
to use, coconut core. I think they like the coconut core more. If you put in food scraps
and it’s rotting the coconut core will absorb the moister to help keep the moister level
balance out right. The next thing we want to do is to give the worms some food. We have
some dehydrated peppers. It’s not good to put citric peels in. if you just put food
scraps in here you may get food flies and all kind of other stuff. I’m going to do something
reel cook that I learned in the past video out in Baltimore area Aberdeen. They don’t
feed their worms food scraps they feed them finished compost. So we are going to give
the worms concentrated food scraps in the form of the compost that I made here. Here
is some compost that I made some rich delicious stuff. You want to make shore you put some
finished compost to feed your worms. When you smell it, it shouldn’t have a smell it
should just have a neutral smell. You want to fill about a third up. This is literally
all that you going to want to feed your worm. The next thing is we are going to add some
worms. Only for good measure I’m going to put about a hand full of some more cores.
I’m sure this is going to work the way it is because we got the worms in there we got
the food in there they got the bedding there going to be totally happy. We just want to
make sure it maintains a proper moister level. So by adding the fresh food scraps and vegetable
scraps e may have a moister level. In addition I’ve been watering this every day by using
the drip offs and re watering. It actually stays fairly well watered especially establishing
your plants. Watering it is very important. I’ve been top watering it and for the first
couple of days I’ve been watering each plant. Some of the water would over flow in the beginning
but know that I’m watering it, it seems like the roots are starting to grow and starting
to seek out water. Because that’s what the roots do they seek out the water. So you don’t
have water at the plant you just need to water where it’s at. Well we are at the last step.
So we put the
top back on. If you want to learn more about the garden tower you should check out the
website I think that’s pretty much it for my garden tower setup.
Hopefully you guys enjoyed this video showing you how
set up one of these garden towers. I think
that this is an amazing setup and defiantly important. You should try to buy one if you
don’t have a large yard to garden in. I like that it holds fifty plus plants in one small
four square root of space and plus it also has a worm bin. The main thing you want to
remember is that you want this to have as much sun as possible. Try to make it be able
to rotate to get even sun light. So
all and all, this is defiantly a success with the
garden tower project. Recommend you get one
if you have a small space or just a patio. I
defiantly recommend the
garden tower over the tower garden. Hopefully you
guys enjoyed this episode once again my name
is John Kohler with growing your see you next time and remember keep on growing.

Comments 33

  • Do you also grow medical plants?

  • WAY to much 🐂💩, get to the point. Shut up and just do it. Typical people in that 30ish range, to much extra yapp'n.

  • Can you use this indoors?

  • He tried so hard not to say FUCKED at 42:24

  • I notice you got the red wigglers – which is right . . . but you didn't also get any regular earthworms (night crawlers) and I understand there ought to be anywhere from 5 to 10 of those in the tower too. I loved your video. You do a great job – great attitude and humor too. I'm glad the Garden Tower 2 can be turned without a problem.

  • why don't they still sell this on

  • tower garden 200 plus dollars. home made soil 2000 dollars lol

  • I would appreciate your help and advice regarding ants invading the compost pipe please? It didn't take them long at all to find it 🙁

  • Why do you have to take out the food scrap from below? Isn’t it heavy to lift? Just a thought

  • 43:38 demonitized

  • my goodness how the price of these have soared. $399 and over is way steep and I know you get what you pay for but wondering with all your years of experience you have found another brand or method (other than hydroponic – Im old-school) that doesn’t cost as much. I would have an awesome planter but nothing in it 😁

  • Interesting but way too long-winded. Too many expensive additives in the tower garden. Too impractical for confined area growing. Where do you store all the damn ingredients?

  • LED vs Fluorescent grow lights. can you recommend any light to use for an indoor Garden Tower

  • Please follow up with your Garden Tower periodically.

  • when I added peat moss when making garden soil it made moss grow on top of the soil in all my containers, can you tell me why John?

  • What do you think of the course vermiculite?

  • In the sunniest spot???, no I dont think so, here is hotter than hell, the plants would fried ha ha ha. Great video, I love your tower.

  • Ingenious! I have a friend using the $500 Tower Garden, but I don't like the "science lab" nature of aeroponics. I'm not sure I want my food bathed in a "mineral solution." My father had a real garden my whole life, so I prefer dirt. This is a great way to use a small patio to grow greens!

  • You like cumming up the backside?

  • Legend has it he is still adding more shit to his mix.

  • What I'm confused on is how would fruit flies get to the fruit in the compost chamber? Wouldn't the top lid stop them?


    This is a easier design for $30 bucks

  • Thank you! I built my own out of everything around my yard. I absolutely think the lettuce loves my barrel. I know I need to get more seedlings going so I can rotate. Love it. Question? Do you ever water directly into the pipe? I drilled a million holes in mine and it seems to broadcast very nicely. I have not added worm castings yet but I didn't want to drown them out?

  • Where can I get this and can I use it again every year and do the plants ever need to be transferred to the garden?

  • I love this guy but I really wish he would shorten his videos

  • Purchased GTP2 in 2015 while expected to die. LIVING VEGAN TODAY; yet GTP2 left in its 2015 box. Is your GTP still 2019 going? THANK U, JOHN KOHLER 4 teaching. Missouri City, TX 🌿 Big Hug 🤗

  • Being aware of the fact that most people need a practical experience course. I'd say well an honorably done. Straight up cool ! For real! Thanks dood !

  • Can we vote to call this guy the crop hunter. He looks like Steve Irwin for plants and knows what he is doing to

  • Amazing gardening project . I will do that so but first i should buy a garden tower and do so. Great learning video sir john.

  • Look's good
    Hey, one comment about how you put your bolts. @ marker 6:42->. The flathead should be outside and the nut on the inside. That way you don't snag your leg on it. And, Have to get a bandaid for your child. just a heads up when building anything where kids will be around. Eazy/fast is not the correct way when people are around. they may injure there selfs.

  • Quickly becoming my favorite channel. Thank you so much for sharing all this valuable knowledge you’ve accumulated. Very inspiring!

  • The key idea behind a tower garden is economical growth. This is not. By the time you get done buying all those additional bags of nutrients and minerals to the whole mix, you will have spent more than it's worth to grow the plants in that tower, unless you can yield many harvests from that one mix. We yield two harvests per summer without any of that stuff. All you need is the ground that the Lord provided you with under your feet and a bag of what ever nutrients it lacks. All of what you're suggesting here is not needed. This idea is more for hobbyists with an O.C.D. problem (no offence, only We use a hydroponic tower with rock wool and a pump. Your tower is impressive and all, but seems impractical with all those minerals you have to buy unless your doing it as an enthusiast. I am far from an expert, so please explain to me how buying all those many many bags your adding to your tower practical. Wouldn't one nice organic fertilizer with some mulch and worm castings be good and healthy enough? How would I be producing a product that is affordable for me to grow and pass the savings on to my customers by doing it this way. Educate me please.

  • Thank you! Great video, great work!

  • Can you give some thoughts about placement of the garden tower in Phoenix, AZ? I'm concerned about "the sunniest area possible" comment when I'm in a desert. But, I'm a novice's novice so I don't really know if my concern is valid. Any guidance is appreciated – by you or any viewers. Thx.

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