Did you know that spring is America’s favorite season? According to Gallup, a U.S.-based analytics and advisory company, 36% of Americans enjoy spring more than any other time of year. Can we really be surprised? Spring is the light at the end of the cold, wintery tunnel, a chance to trade snow gear for shorts and experience the outdoors without several layers.
As it turns out, our Tower Garden crops like spring almost as much as we do. For those who experienced a cold winter, spring is the perfect time to take advantage of the elements and let nature do its thing. The warmer weather, longer days, and stronger sunlight help Tower Garden crops thrive.
We’ve created a simple guide to help you get the most out of the spring season.
How to Grow Your Own Spring Garden
Excited to start your spring garden? Follow these five steps, and you’ll be harvesting your own greens for your salads in no time.
Plan Your Garden
Before starting any new garden, regardless of the season, it’s best to have a plan. A solid spring garden plan considers factors like plant arrangement, sun exposure (if growing outdoors), and what you actually like to eat. See our Tower Garden planning guide for more information.
Another aspect of garden planning is finding a good spot for your Tower Garden. This can be fun, but also overwhelming. Both our Tower Garden HOME and Tower Garden FLEX units can be placed indoors or outdoors, but during growing season, we recommend going outside if possible to take advantage of ideal growing conditions. Find a place that gets consistent sunlight throughout the day, staying away from overly shaded areas.
Need to change your spot during the season? Not a problem, our Tower Garden HOME unit comes with built-in wheels, while our dolly accessory is available for the FLEX unit to make transporting a breeze.
Secure Your Growing Supplies
If you want to start your plants from seed, there are plenty of seed suppliers that provide affordable seeds that are perfect for Tower Garden. But for a head start, you may also order seedlings from a Tower Farm.
Need to stock up on other essentials like Mineral Blend or net pots? Check out the Tower Garden shop for everything you may need to grow this spring.
Clean Your Tower Garden (If It’s Not New)
Spring cleaning is sometimes needed for our gardens just as much as our homes. If your garden has been sitting in storage all winter, or hasn’t had a deep clean in a while, it may need some TLC before you start your spring garden. Check out this step-by-step guide to cleaning your Tower Garden.
(If this is your first time growing with Tower Garden, you can skip this step.)
Plant Your Spring Crops
Now for the fun part. Once you’ve planned the perfect garden, gathered your supplies, and given your Tower Garden a good clean, it’s time to get planting!
If you’re starting with seeds, follow these tips to germinate them successfully. When your seedlings grow to about three inches tall and have roots protruding from the rockwool, you can plug them into your Tower Garden.
(If you start with seedlings from a Tower Farm, you can plant them right away.)
10 Crops That Thrive in the Spring
While spring is a popular time for gardening, it’s important to note that not all crops appreciate the spring conditions as much as others. Fortunately, there are plenty of cool-weather crops that will keep you busy all season long. Take a look at 10 of our favorite spring season crops, along with their duration time to harvest. Some of following crops may also thrive indoors with grow lights and the right settings!
● Broccoli - 80 days
● Cabbage – 90 days
● Cauliflower – 75 days
● Collard Greens – 45 days
● Kale - 25 days
● Lettuce - 30 days
● Mustard Greens - 40 days
● Peas - 55 days
● Spinach - 40 days
● Swiss chard - 45 days
You’ll probably notice a few superfoods on this list. Spring is a great time to kick healthy living into overdrive. Complement all the outdoor activities you’ll be doing this season with some delicious, nutritious recipes that use produce picked straight from your garden. Looking for inspiration? Check out our Tower Garden cookbook.
Monitoring Your Spring Tower Garden
Plants aren’t the only ones that love a good spring season. During the spring months, insects and plant pests tend to appear more frequently. While they’re great for the ecosystem, it’s best to take steps to keep them out of your Tower Garden crops.
Get Growing & Have Fun!
If you’ve made it to spring, this means you survived the winter. That alone is cause for celebration! As the sun starts shining and we wave goodbye to the colder temperatures, let’s make it a point to take advantage of the elements at hand. If you’re in the mood for more inspiration, or want to show off your spring garden, be sure to follow us on Instagram @TowerGardenOfficial.