Zero waste

When we began growing we didn't realize exactly what was going to happen.  Our grocery bill is cut in half!  We are not throwing perishables out anymore, zero waste!

Growing towers, also known as vertical farming or vertical gardening, are innovative systems that allow for the cultivation of plants in a vertical arrangement. These systems offer several benefits, including maximizing space utilization, reducing water consumption, and minimizing the need for pesticides. Additionally, involving your entire family in the process can be a great way to teach children about sustainability and the importance of responsible food production.

To create a zero-waste system using grow towers, here are some steps you can follow:

  1. Set up the grow tower system: Purchase or build a vertical farming system suitable for your space and needs. These systems typically consist of trays or shelves with built-in irrigation and lighting systems.

  2. Choose the right crops: Select plants that are well-suited for vertical farming, such as leafy greens, herbs, strawberries, and small vegetables. Consider your family's preferences and nutritional needs.

  3. Composting: Establish a composting system to recycle organic waste from your kitchen and garden. Compost can be used to enrich the soil for your grow towers, closing the loop of waste reduction.

  4. Seed selection and planting: Choose high-quality seeds or seedlings and plant them in the trays or shelves of your grow towers according to the instructions provided for each crop.  Save your seeds once picked and re grow.

  5. Proper lighting and irrigation: Ensure that your grow tower system has appropriate lighting and irrigation settings to meet the specific requirements of your plants. LED grow lights are energy-efficient and provide optimal wavelengths for plant growth.

  6. Maintain the system: Regularly monitor and maintain your grow tower system. This includes checking water levels, adjusting lighting as needed, and pruning or harvesting plants to encourage growth.  We have our grow tower on a timer in the winter.

  7. Harvest and consume: When your crops are ready for harvest, involve your family in the process. Teach them about sustainable harvesting practices and enjoy the fresh, homegrown produce together.  Only pick what you need.  leave the rest so it doesn't go bad in the fridge

  8. Reuse and recycle: Minimize waste by reusing containers and trays whenever possible. Recycle any materials that cannot be reused, such as plastic containers or packaging.

By implementing these steps, you can create a zero-waste grow tower system that involves your entire family in the food-growing process. Not only will you be able to enjoy fresh produce at home, but you will also contribute to reducing waste and promoting sustainable practices.