Freshly Planted Fall Garden September 21, 2017

Full Production January 20, 2017                           Over 6o plants in each tower

Small Footprint,

Intensive Production

Permaculture teaches us how to make the most out of any situation. Vertical gardening with a Garden Tower is on way to efficiently stack functions in a tiny footprint. Food production, composting and water harvesting, 3 vital sustainability practices in less than 3 square feet of space.

Stacking Functions

In permaculture, this means that each item has to do at least 3 things. When I learned about the Garden Tower Project in 2013, I instantly recognized the system as sustainable, accessible and multifunctional. It is a compact growing system that combines a raised bed with verma-composting and water harvesting.

Best Advice

I have been using two Garden Towers for the last three years to grow much of my own food. Each year I get better at managing my produce and my yield is increasing. I would say there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to getting started but so worth it. The best advice I can give is to start with greens. You can grow all the soup and salad greens including lettuce, spinach and chard in one tower. You can also include their companion plants such as parsley, carrots, onions, radish and marigolds.

Obtaining Plants

I start my own plants using Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. They are the most reliable and best priced organically produced seeds I have ever used. I love them! I can start my garden for a fraction of the cost of purchasing seedlings from a store plus it is so much better for the environment to start your own plants. And there is nothing more empowering than growing your own vegetables from seeds. That is real security and meaningful work.

Obtaining Worms

Uncle Jim's Worm Farm will send you worms and guarantee they arrive alive. Set up your Garden Tower first and start collecting kitchen scraps. Then you can order your worms. By the time they arrive, their habitat and food will be ready for them.


Contact me with questions and comments about your garden. I am happy to help.