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Natural Awakenings Tucson

Tower Garden Growing System

Mar 01, 2016 05:13PM

Carol Keck

David Rupley, Jr., M.D.(H), the medical director of Coyote Healing Center, is offering an introduction to the Tower Garden—an aeroponic growing system that uses 10 percent of the water, electricity and space of a traditional garden. Those interested can call for an appointment and personal introduction.

Tower Garden simplifies traditional gardening, using a unique vertical garden system that makes it easy to grow fresh fruits and vegetables at home. “Growing your own organic produce—tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, kale and herbs—provides certainty of quality and nutrient value,” says Rupley. Food crops in the Tower Garden grow faster than they would in soil, and need to be harvested on a more regular basis.

Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil. It uses both water and air to produce more colorful, better tasting, better smelling and nutritious fruits and vegetables.

Tower Garden has a 20-gallon reservoir or storage tank at its base, which stores a nutrient solution. A small, low-wattage pump pushes the nutrient solution up through a central hose, to the top of the Tower Garden. From there, the solution drips through the central “tower” using a special device that evenly cascades the solution over the exposed plant roots. 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.

Location: 700 N. Country Club Rd., Ste. 120, Tucson. For more information, call 520-722-9787 or email [email protected]. See ad, page 17.

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