8 Summer Time Tower Garden Growing Tips

8 Summer Time Tower Garden Growing Tips

Growing in the heat and humidity can be challenging to say the least.  With the scorching temperatures and soaring humidity ...

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My plants are wilting, what could be causing this?

There's nothing worse than walking outside, looking at your beloved tower to see one or more plants are wilting. Well, ...

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Tower Garden Maintenance. What, when and why?

If you've ever heard me talk about the Tower Garden you'll have heard me say "It's the easiest garden on ...

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Good Bug, Bad Bug?

We've all done it at some point.  We've seen a bug on our beloved Tower Garden and freaked out!  However, ...

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New Summer Opening Hours

We will be implementing summer greenhouse hours at Living Towers. Our days will be shorter but we will now be ...

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August and September Tower Garden Workshop

Be sure to register early and reserve your seat to avoid disappointment.  All workshops take place at Living Towers in Eustis Florida, unless otherwise stated.  With spring right around the corner our workshops can fill up fast.  Many new Tower Gardeners do not realize you can grow YEAR ROUND in almost the entire state of Florida.

Could Kale be Poisoning You?

Who doesn’t love Kale?  Well ok, it’s not everyone’s favorite but it sure is a powerhouse when it comes to nutrition. steamed kale has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. Regular consumption has been linked to reducing at least five types of cancer, including: bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostate. It’s powerful compounds known as glucosinolates have even been found to regulate detoxification at the genetic level. And that’s not to mention its superfood status when it comes to other nutrients like vitamin K, A, calcium and a group of compounds known as flavonoids, of which kale has more than just about any other vegetable.kale-792988_1280

But, it can’t all be good, can it?In a recent blog known as “The Vegetable Detective” Todd Oppenheimer raised the concern that kale, even organic kale, while healthy in moderate amounts, could (at least in theory) be linked to thallium poisoning. He reported that Ernie Hubbard, a molecular biologist with a background in biochemistry and genetics in Marin County, California, found that a surprising number of his private practice clients reported the same symptoms: chronic fatigue, heart arrhythmias, skin and hair issues, neurological problems, foggy thinking, digestive troubles and gluten-sensitivity, to name a few. So when a company contacted him to test a detoxification product “ZNatural” it was developing to bind (or “chelate”) to toxins like heavy metals to eliminate them in the urine, he agreed.

Twenty clients agreed to try the product and Hubbard went to work testing their urine samples. High levels of the heavy metal thallium kept showing up. According to Oppenheimer, around the same time, Hubbard found a study that found cruciferous vegetables are excellent accumulators of heavy metals, including thallium. Cruciferous vegetables include: kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, collard and mustard greens. While considering kale’s explosion in popularity, Hubbard reportedly made the link between kale and possible thallium toxicity.

Does that mean we should stop eating this nutrient dense superstar?  Of course not!  Grow it in a Tower Garden and you don’t have to worry about contaminated soil.

July Tower Garden Workshop

Be sure to register early and reserve your seat to avoid disappointment.  All workshops take place at Living Towers in Eustis Florida, unless otherwise stated.  With spring right around the corner our workshops can fill up fast.  Many new Tower Gardeners do not realize you can grow YEAR ROUND in almost the entire state of Florida.

New Summer Opening Hours

New Summer Opening Hours

We will be implementing summer greenhouse hours at Living Towers. Our days will be shorter but we will now be open on Saturdays!

June Tower Garden Workshop

Be sure to register early and reserve your seat to avoid disappointment.  All workshops take place at Living Towers in Eustis Florida, unless otherwise stated.  With spring right around the corner our workshops can fill up fast.  Many new Tower Gardeners do not realize you can grow YEAR ROUND in almost the entire state of Florida.

Good Bug, Bad Bug?

We’ve all done it at some point.  We’ve seen a bug on our beloved Tower Garden and freaked out!  However, not all bugs are created equal and there are many beneficial bugs out there that actually eat the bad guys.  It’s that whole circle of life thing.  I’ve mistakenly squashed a ladybug larvae before.  They look nothing like the aphid eating adult they turn into.  In fact they look kind of weird!  You can see all of the life stages of ladybug’s here so that you won’t make the same mistake I did!

Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug Photo Credit: Joseph Berger bugwood.org

TWO May Tower Garden Workshops

Yet again we have two, yes TWO dates to choose from.  Be sure to register early and reserve your seat to avoid disappointment.  All workshops take place at Living Towers in Eustis Florida, unless otherwise stated.  With spring right around the corner our workshops can fill up fast.  Many new Tower Gardeners do not realize you can grow YEAR ROUND in almost the entire state of Florida.

Stephen Ritz is coming to Orlando

Join us on Saturday May 16th in Lake Mary to hear more on how Tower Gardens are changing his students lives, for the better!

Where: Hyatt Place Lake Mary/Orlando
When: Saturday May 16th 11am
Cost: Guests FREE
VFs and above $20 ($25 at the door)

You must register at the link below to reserve your spot!  Spaces are limited and we are expecting to have a full house!

REGISTER HERE

How to Hand Pollinate Tomatoes, Zucchini and more!

Do your Zucchini, Tomato and other fruit bearing crops produce plenty of flowers but no little or no fruit?  The problem could be a lack of pollination.  Due to a decline in the Bee population, more gardeners are having to manually pollinate their fruiting crops to ensure a bountiful, continuous harvest! Learn how to hand pollinate!

 

What crops need to be pollinated?
Any crop that produces a fruit needs to be pollinated.  Some common crops are tomatoes, zucchini (and all varieties of squash), cucumbers, beans, peas, peppers, strawberries, melons and eggplant.

Stephen Ritz is coming to Orlando

Long-time educator and founder of THE Green Bronx Machine is coming to Orlando! Stephen Ritz and his students observed that as waistlines expanded, engagement and opportunities in school decreased, school performance suffered, and hope and ambition became minimized. Originally an after-school, alternative program for high school students, Green Bronx Machine has evolved into K-12+ model fully integrated into core curriculum. Our students grow, eat and love their vegetables en route to spectacular academic performance. 30,000 pounds of Bronx vegetables later, our favorite crops include healthy students, high performing schools, graduates, registered voters, living wage jobs and members of the middle class. Our work, vision and mission are as organic and locally grown as it gets – straight from our classroom to our community.

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Hear his amazing story here and see what he’s doing for his students in the South Bronx.  Changing lives!