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Garden Towers – Revisited

A short time ago I received an email from Tom Tlusty*, one of the partners and co-founders of the Garden Tower Project. He wanted to let me know that the project has not only continued on, but that things seem to really be taking off for them. They currently have a Kickstarter (crowd-funding) campaign that’s been going gangbusters ever since launching. They have actually surpassed their goal already – but as Tom explained, they are still welcoming any and all additional contributions since it will help to ensure the success of the project.

What’s cool is that all those who pledge $10 or more will be entered in a draw for the chance to win one of three Garden Towers!

* (In case you are wondering, there was a typo in the spelling of Tom’s last name in the video above)

Seeing one of their latest videos (above), I’m even more excited about what these guys are doing. I’ve been a proponent of integrated vermi-gardening ever since setting up my first vermicomposting trench, and love the idea of using a vertical system with such a small footprint.

If you want more information, I recommend visiting the Garden Tower Project website. You will find a link to their Kickstarter campaign there if you are interested. I have included another video of theirs below as well.

Now if ONLY they could make these available up here in Canada!

Written by Bentley on February 21st, 2013 with 13 comments.
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#1. February 21st, 2013, at 6:22 PM.

What a brilliant idea..why can’t I ever come up with something like this.

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#2. February 23rd, 2013, at 2:31 AM.

It does look like a great idea.

They need to make them available in Australia as well. 🙂

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#3. February 26th, 2013, at 12:39 AM.

no, no, no.
it’s a tube. what about aeration for those worms?
you know, volume / breathable area factor and so…

In first video, they harvested that already, so maybe it’s working.

…I have some tubes around there 🙂
well, why not trying

Greetings from snowy Vienna

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#4. February 27th, 2013, at 3:51 PM.

I’m am so excited to see the Garden Tower on your site. I live in Bloomington where these guys are from and purchased one last year. This Spring I will set it up. There are towers all over town growing amazing greens, veggies and flowers! I intend to use the worms I have my bin to start the composting system in the tower. It’s quite ingenious how they have figured out the whole system – worms and compost in the center which migrate out into the growing soil to fertilize the plants and then back into the tube to eat and propagate. A wonderful cycle of life.
I hope to get a 2nd tower and use it indoors all winter in our sun room. How cool with THAT be!

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#5. February 27th, 2013, at 7:52 PM.

I love this. How come this is not available in Canada? I know a frustrated gardener in VAncouver who needs one.

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#6. April 21st, 2013, at 2:45 AM.

How do you save your worms during the cold winter climate for the following years?

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#7. April 24th, 2013, at 1:27 PM.

My third grade class is so excited about our plant tower!!!! They are learning how to work as a team during the growing process and they are looking forward to enjoying fresh vegetables and fruit during snack time at school. I have tied in all of the core subjects through the plant tower, and the students can apply a lot of different concepts and this will enhance each lesson!!!!!

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#8. September 1st, 2014, at 10:46 AM.

These are available in Canada. I have 2 and love them. What a great idea. I am putting together a sun-room to place them in so I can use them year round. I also had a few problems with raccoons trying to get into the compost and messing up the plants a bit so that will also cure that problem. If you only wanted them for summer use, you could just fence around them.

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#9. November 12th, 2014, at 4:42 PM.

Bob – where in Canada did you find a source for these? Thanks!

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#10. February 15th, 2015, at 1:29 PM.

I am wondering what happens to the “worms” when the gardening season is over? What do people do to keep them alive till next gardening season?
I am growing African nightcrawlers, which are a great composting worm and are also for fishing. I know I will want to collect my worms so then I can house them inside for the winter. Or some how move the heavy garden tower inside my garage in order to keep them from freezing. I live in North Platte, NE.
thanks, Kim

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#11. March 7th, 2015, at 5:35 PM.

I want instructions on how to set up composting for tower 2. I bought blood meal, I have straw & kitchen scraps. How bout telling me how to start? Can get worms, but I don’t know if blood meal would b a good idea?

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#12. April 19th, 2015, at 2:48 PM.

Just setting up my new garden tower 2. I ordered 3 casters and with some uni-strut from home depot built a trolley for my garden tower. The tower is bolted to the trolley. My landlord requires any planters be movable by his maintenance people. Now I can easily wheel it into the garage for the winter months. Hoping to get some harvest of strawberries under grow lights.

Karol, roting kitchen scraps in the tube, some sand or dirt for grit, and bedding material. Put your worms on that pile and your off and running. I don’t know what blood meal is but they say stay away from meat, dairy and feces.

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#13. April 29th, 2015, at 10:14 PM.

Same question I set up my garden tower 2 and started putting my kitchen scraps into the compost tube now where should the worms go? Do I place the worms in the compost tube or in the soil? Been looking on the internet for this answer…please advise

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