FAQs

How does theVertical Eco Garden™ work?

Roots are attracted through a geo layer into a continual root zone. This provides a mechanical root anchorage, so heavy soil is not needed for plant stability. A more loose aerated non compacting potting soil can be used. The microbes that produce phosphorus and root growth hormones need air. Also, in the Vertical Eco Garden design, the entire root zone is lined with geotextile to distribute water and nutrients slowly downward, allowing even absorption. Microbial plant foods, fish emulsion and compost are applied to the opening at the top of each vertical chamber located below the drip irrigation. This design also facilitates Air Root Pruning, ( when a root encounters air it stops growing forward and sends out smaller side roots) that enables the vegetable plant to make use of the growing / incubating of the bio-intensive cultures. According to an article Title ‘ The Dirt On Potting Soil’ by Tome Ogren, if water does not run out of the bottom of a potted plant within a few seconds, the potting soil is wrong. The vertical Eco Garden uses this principle, but stacks the plants in a continual vertical root chamber for water and nutrient utilization.

Does the Vertical Eco Garden™ require special potting soil?

No, any good quality, pre-mixed potting soil will work well, as long as it contains Vermiculite, Perlite or similar conditioner to prevent soil compaction. You can also make your own growing medium by mixing peat moss or any type of expanding sphagnum with non-burning types of time-release fertilizers, such as blood meal, composted manure, or dry plant foods, like Organic Garden Tone™. Do not use any plant foods that kill microbes. You may also add rice husks or similar media to enhance drainage. Depending on the plants you select, you may also add a small amount of garden lime to raise the pH level. Likewise, adding pelletized (time release) phosphate and Pot Ash will help promote root development, beautiful blooms and produce.

How do I store my Vertical Eco Garden™ at the end of the season?

It is not necessary to store your Vertical Eco Garden™ indoors when not in use.If you prefer to store it, allow your Vertical Eco Garden™ to dry out (don’t water it). Remove plants and soil from each growing pocket. Place a tarp or a 5-gallon bucket under the Vertical Eco Garden™, open the hook-and-loop (Velcro) flaps at the bottom of each rooting chamber and release the soil. If necessary, shake the Vertical Eco Garden™ or use a stick to push the soil out. Store the soil for reuse next growing season. Fold the Vertical Eco Garden™ flat and store it in a plastic bag with a few mothballs to discourage mice. Basement storage is ideal in colder climates. Note: mothballs are ineffective below 20° F.

How much does the Vertical Eco Garden™ weigh?

The Vertical Eco Garden™ itself weighs only a few pounds. Fully planted and hydrated, the Big VEG weighs about 150 pounds; the Mini VEG weights about 50 pounds.

How do I hang my Vertical Eco Garden™?

The Vertical Eco Garden™ features heavy-duty grommets spaced at 8-inch intervals, so you can secure it to any vertical surface with hooks, wood screws or any adequate fastener. The Big VEG weighs about 150 pounds when fully planted, so be sure to secure it to a structure that can hold that much weight.

Where should I locate my Vertical Eco Garden™?

Like a traditional garden, you should locate your Vertical Eco Garden™ in an area that gets full sun for at least six hours per day. If possible, locate it near a water source. If your location doesn’t get full sun until the afternoon, face the VEG to the southeast to maximize exposure.

What if my location doesn’t get full sun?

Consider growing plants that require less sun or can tolerate partial shade. Many varieties of lettuce and peppers, for example, will produce well in these conditions. Check with your local garden center or other sources to identify the plants that will work best for you.

How do I store my Vertical Eco Garden™ at the end of the season?

It is not necessary to store your Vertical Eco Garden™ indoors when not in use.If you prefer to store it, allow your Vertical Eco Garden™ to dry out (don’t water it). Remove plants and soil from each growing pocket. Place a tarp or a 5-gallon bucket under the Vertical Eco Garden™, open the hook-and-loop (Velcro) flaps at the bottom of each rooting chamber and release the soil. If necessary, shake the Vertical Eco Garden™ or use a stick to push the soil out. Store the soil for reuse next growing season. Fold the Vertical Eco Garden™ flat and store it in a plastic bag with a few mothballs to discourage mice. Basement storage is ideal in colder climates. Note: mothballs are ineffective below 20° F.

The Vertical Eco Garden™ is ideal for most vegetables, herbs and flowering plants. Compact and bush-type varieties grow especially well. The key is plant placement. Arrange plants so that taller varieties do not shade smaller plants as they grow. Place herbs, beans, peppers, broccoli and other non-sprawling plants in the upper part of the Vertical Eco Garden™, and sprawling varieties, like squash and pickles, in the bottom chambers.

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Setting up your Vertical Eco Garden

Harvesting Your Vegetables