Photo Updates: Early August Growth

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The eggplant’s leaves remind me of elephant ears. They are big! I wish I would’ve been able to fill up every little basket with plants; but this year, and in all ways, I’m learning how not to be a perfectionist. There’s an ideal, and then there’s what we do based on time and circumstances. I just hope that the tomato cage arrives soon. I’ve had lots and lots of wonderful salad with basil, romaine lettuce, and oregano. I was going to roll the dolly over to the wall and grow the plants toward a trellis that’s dug into a flower box. I decided not to do that based on where the umbrella is and what I am now going to grow in the box. I have other ideas that may come in handy if I need to employ them. I decided to go with a cage for the tomatoes, which is due to arrive soon. I know that every time I start my plants I will learn more. I’m just happy that I’ve been able to keep up with spraying the neem oil daily. It’s a challenge to keep up with the basil. It’s too much food for us; luckily I can bring a bag to school and give it away to someone or leave it in the kitchen with a note.


Blissed out on Green Growing Food

IMG_0268 I am so in love with my Tower. I watch and eat, and watch and eat. Every morning I see its new growth to my delight! Every time I grow, I am amazed at how quick, how healthy, how satisfying it is…

Somehow I just linked my text, and I’m not quite sure how that happened!

I, too, would like to know that lazy satisfaction of true living. I don’t want to miss a moment in the midst of all my business. Thank you to this green growing machine, I am able to have my kale mix, romaine lettuce, basil mix… etc. & Eat it, too!

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4 Weeks of Growth



There’s never been an easier way to garden on a concrete balcony. This vertical, hydroponic Towergarden uses just 10% of the amount of water needed for a regular garden bed with the same amount of plants (20). It’s our zen fountain, that runs on a timer, bringing us the soothing sounds of running water. It is also the extension of our kitchen; all the food says fresh until read to harvest and eat. We have sugar snap peas, watermelon, celery, tomatoes (red-ribbed, yellow pear heirlooms and cherry tomato), basil, bok choy, romaine lettuce, and more.


TG Growing Guide Quick Links



Since we just set up our Towergarden for the second season, we thought that we’d make sure to have these links handy and helpful for you. It certainly was easy to put together!  All of this information is also available at my website. I named it in honor of my Italian great grandmother, Serafina.

Here’s how my husband feels about our Towergarden in his own words:

“I love having a Tower Garden! When I feel like eating some greens it is so much more convenient to be able to pick lettuce and Swiss chard leaves off of the Tower Garden, rinse them off, and put them right into a salad. You can’t get a salad fresher than that! Seriously, buying a salad from the grocery store and having it sit in your fridge doesn’t compare.

Also, the Tower Garden is beautiful. It makes me smile to look outside and see it on our balcony. The sound of the water turning on every fifteen minutes — like a fountain — is peaceful and soothing.”

Here’s the guide:

Towergarden Growing Guide

How to assemble TG (video)

New Seedlings Planted



Here’s a list of what we are growing:


snap peas


yellow pear tomato (heirloom)

red ribbed tomato (heirloom)

Romaine lettuce (3)

butter lettuce


tiny seedless watermelon

rainbow chard



bok choy

cherry tomato