Why grow your own?
I'm sure you've heard the phrase, "Fresh is Best". But have you ever wondered how fresh your produce is after it travels from the field to your plate? The sad truth is, that esspecially in Alberta, we have a really short growing season, so our access to fresh, local, vine rippened produce is really limited. Most of the produce we buy year round travels from hundreds or even thousands of kilometers away! And this means that it is picked long before it is ripe, and often sprayed with chemicals to stop it from spoiling on the journey. This is true even with organic produce. :(
So why is vine rippened so important? Well, did you know that the majority of the nutrients go into the fruits and veg within 48-72 hours of being ready to be picked? So if we are harvesting weeks in advance, what is happening to the nutritional value of our food? No wonder it's now recommended that we consume 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables every day!
In addition to how far away our produce is shipped from, there are major concerns with how fast it is being grown these days. Researchers analyzed 43 fruits and vegetables from 1950 to 1999 and reported reductions in vitamins, minerals, and protein. Using USDA data, he found that broccoli, for example, had 130 mg of calcium in 1950. Today, that number is only 48 mg. Wow! That's a huge decrease in nutrient value.
Growing your own produce means that you can allow your produce to ripen on the vine, get the maximum nutritional value in your food, and best of all... no more wasted, rotting, half eaten or untouched produce in your fridge. In our family we harvest as we eat, and when we grow too much of something, we share it out to our friends and family! Talk about abundance!
What is Tower Garden?
The Tower Garden is an amazing Aeroponic growing system that allows you to grow your own fresh, organic, vine rippened produce on your deck or balcony during the warm months, or in your home year round! My favorite part about this system is that there is NO SOIL, which meand NO WEEDS!
Say what? That’s right! In a nutshell, “aeroponic” growing is a technique that uses both water and air to produce healthy plants —no dirt required!
Zero soil. It’s clean and you don’t even have to wash your produce first.
It waters itself!
Grow indoors or out –year-round.
Plug n’play – 20 minutes to set up out of the box.
Low maintenance – maybe 5-10 minutes a week!
Uses 90% less water than dirt gardening.
Grows veggies up to 50% faster!
Grows more nutrient dense veggies, fruits and herbs.
From tower to table, fresh, vine rippened whole food has never been easier!
Here are some images of my tower gardens at home.
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