I am loving all the different ways there are to grown and get your hands on fresh garden grown produce! Jennie is loving her Tower Garden so far and she will keep us updated of the progress with how fun and easy it is to grown your own produce without watering or weeding – fun AND easy! Love that!
I have been excited to get my first pick up from the CSA in Loveland (they still have a few shares left if you are interested!) with wonderful Kale, Swiss Chard, and different kinds of lettuce – perfect for our green smoothies! I have my raised beds going well with an abundance of tomatoes and sweet peppers along with other veggies but I wanted something else to compliment my garden and I love the extra produce I am able to get with the CSA share. I have split a share with a friend so I am not getting a FULL share so this year will be an experiment to see if we eat enough to need a bigger share next year. This is what we got from our first week, those beautiful greens are just starting out the growing season! It is a good amount for us to eat for the week starting out and I like not having HUGE amounts all at once – it helps us get the amount we actually eat every week so there is no waste…more to come on this!
I am learning more about how to eat with the season and between our garden, the CSA and the farmer’s markets I am hoping to eat more “clean” and cut down on having to go to the grocery store. My Mom has also been doing a fun project of her own and started a garden tower similar to Jennie’s called The Garden Tower Project. I am learning more about it so I will continue to post updates! Here are a few of the features of this one in particular:
- 50 plants in 4 square feet (they do not seem crowded)
- significantly faster growth
- worm activated compost in the middle of the tower for your kitchen scraps!
- reduced watering = less nutrient loss
- no electricity needed, so no extra costs associated!
With my mom’s travel plans this Summer we are planning to simply “pick up” the garden tower and leave it on my back deck so I can take care of it for her – you definitely can’t do that with a raised garden bed! This might be a good choice for someone who doesn’t have the space or time to take care of a traditional soil garden bed. Here’s a picture of her Garden Tower that I took last week:
If you are trying to decide the best way to get fresh produce, you really need to think about your lifestyle. Are you more “home based” and have the time to commit to a more traditional soil garden or perhaps there are only certain veggies/produce that you would like to grow and you want to get the rest from other local farmers? Growing a garden is as personal as your other lifestyle choices and there’s no “one size fits all” with gardening. I love seeing all the new and fun ways people are growing and eating fresh REAL food. There are quite a few different garden towers too, I would suggest comparing the ones you like and go with whatever makes the most sense for your family. Good luck with your gardening adventures! Jennie and I will continue to post about all our different fun and easy ways to grow your own produce!