By Dr. Michael Roth
As a holistic chiropractor, I fully advocate the benefits of eating healthy foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a big part of a pro-healthy diet and many of us like to grow our own. At this moment in California and much of the western United States, we are experiencing a lengthy period of drought. How can we mindfully conserve our water resources and still grow the tasty fresh vegetables that come from our gardens?
Recently, I learned about growing plants using the cutting-edge process of aeroponics.
Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without using soil. It uses both water and air to produce colorful, better tasting and incredibly nutritious fruits and vegetables.
Aeroponics is a great leap forward from traditional hydroponics, which uses water as the growing medium; aeroponics has no growing medium!
So how does it grow these delicious fruits and vegetables?
Through the use of a state-of-the-art growing system called the Tower Garden®. Tower Garden is an aeroponic vertical garden that gives you more control over your health by making it easy to grow vegetables and fruits at home.
This aeroponic, 5-foot-tall vertical garden allows you to grow up to 20 plants in less time than it takes to grow them in soil. And it can be placed almost anywhere outside, in any relatively sunny place—needing an area that is only about 2 ½ feet X 2 ½ feet. Because it utilizes aeroponics, Tower Garden’s closed-system technology recycles 100% of its nutrients and water. Plants therefore use less than 10% of both the water and the land that are commonly required for traditional agriculture, making it much more earth-friendly and sustainable than organic growing. Just the ticket for our drought-stricken area!
Tower Garden helps you eat more fruits and vegetables by letting you grow delicious vine-ripened produce right outside your back door. Grow almost anything you like, including tomatoes, lettuce, basil, peppers, spinach, beans, cucumbers, melons and herbs.
Many people want to apply the term “organic” to various forms of hydroponic growing, including aeroponics. That’s not possible by definition, because aeroponic growing requires no soil, and soil is a prerequisite for organic growing. Asking this question is somewhat like asking how many home runs a basketball player has hit: it doesn’t apply, because it’s a totally different ballgame!
Currently accepted organic fertilizer components are dependent upon organisms in the soil to convert the “organic” materials into a useable form for plants. But the aeroponic Tower Garden growing system doesn’t use soil at all; instead, it delivers the minerals required for plant growth directly to the plant roots, completely eliminating the need for soil and soil organisms. The result is much higher growth rates and yields, and better crop quality than even organic methods can achieve.
Tower Garden has a 20-gallon reservoir or storage tank at its base. This reservoir stores the Tower Tonic® nutrient solution (Tower Tonic® combined with water). Inside the reservoir is a small, low wattage submersible pump. The pump pushes the nutrient solution up through a small central hose, all the way to the top of your Tower Garden.
From there, the nutrient solution drips through the central “tower” of the Tower Garden using a special device that evenly cascades the nutrient solution over the plant roots that are exposed there. On the journey down the tower, the nutrient solution feeds the plants’ roots and becomes highly oxygenated as gravity tumbles it back down to the reservoir. This process is continually repeated—providing fresh oxygen, water, and nutrients to the roots of the plants.
Because of this process, the food crops in Tower Garden will grow faster than they would in soil, and will need to be harvested on a more regular basis. Sounds like a win-win to me! Faster growing delicious and nutritious food using 10% of the water and land of a traditional garden.
Please visit my website to learn more about this amazing growing system. Here’s to your good health!