How To Build A Food Tower
Cut the 3 steel posts to the same length (approx. 7-8ft length). You could also use timber posts instead of the steel. This is just what we had available.
Make a tripod with equal sides and tie the posts together at the top with a strong wire.
Use bamboo canes or other sticks and make something like a trellis. This will hold the fabric in place later on.
Cover the tower with a strong weed fabric. This has the advantage of being robust, breathable and water-permeable. 'Sow' this onto the canes with the string. Start at the bottom and go about half way up with the fabric.
Start filling the food tower with a mixture of soil and good compost or well rotten manure. Water it down in between so you have no gaps.
Continue to 'sow' on the fabric and fill the tripod up to the top with more soil mixture. Don't forget to water it down again otherwise you will get a lot of settling later.
For this type of vertical vegetable gardening, it is best to have your plants started in small pots. You can start off seedlings yourself or buy already growing plants. Cut a slit into the fabric like an upside down T and carefully insert the root ball of your plant. Firm the soil around the roots and water it in well. Find a list of suitable vegetables below.
You can water the tower from the top and from the sides through the holes you made for the plants. For feeding, you can add some organic fertilizer or compost onto the top. You could even use it for composting and add composting materials like kitchen scraps or leaves in layers on top. They break down and gradually feed the tower...turning it into a worm tower!
You can build a food tower like this in a backyard or patio, maybe even
on a rooftop garden. Make sure that you have enough room around the
tower to pick your vegetables and for watering. Our space was nearly a
bit too tight once the plants started growing.
Vertical Gardening Ideas List Of Suitable Vegetables
Here are the vegetables we grew successfully in our food towers:
New Zealand Spinach (worked well on the shady side!)
Dwarf French Beans
Dwarf Mangetout Peas
Loose Leaf Cabbage
You buy seeds for your food tower here.
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