If you don’t have a lot of land at your disposal for gardening purposes, no worry. A new craze has Californians getting a little dirt under their fingernails courtesy of LA Urban Farms, which markets vertical aeroponic gardens. Based in Los Angeles, the company utilizes state-of-the-art aeroponic technology and boasts that its products use 90% less water and 90% less land, making it very efficient for those without ample property and trying to cope with the never-ending drought. According to the company’s website, “nutrient-dense living produce can be harvested in half the amount of time as traditional organic farming and requires a fraction of the amount of time to maintain (up to 50% less time) all without the use of any soil.”
Vertical farming has virtually taken off, and it has people creating gardens on rooftops, balconies, driveways and even indoors. A residential tower can yield 28 plants. The website also states that such technology recycles 100% of the nutrient solution.
For more information, visit LAUrbanFarms.com.
The East Coast is also thinking small where gardening is concerned. Lancaster is now home to the EarthBox® gardening system, which was developed by a tomato farmer in Florida. Novelty Manufacturing, which produces garden products such as pots, watering cans and pink flamingos, bought the assets of the Scranton-based company last year and is expanding the scope of EarthBox® with new products that will make their debut at trade shows this fall.
Stephanie Youngs-Seese, who moved with the company to Lancaster, says EarthBox® enjoys a “broad client base” that ranges from young urban gardeners to senior citizens living in retirement communities. The systems are a perfect solution for those who want to grow such summertime staples as tomatoes, peppers, corn and herbs but don’t have space for expansive gardens. EarthBox® enables fans of fresh veggies to grow edibles in the smallest of backyards, on patios or decks and even indoors.
According to the company’s website, this unique “self-watering, easily transferable and maintainable” gardening system “controls soil conditions, eliminates guesswork and more than doubles the yield of a conventional garden – with less fertilizer, less water and virtually no effort. Just add plants, water and sunlight for an easy garden that requires no digging, no weeding and no guesswork!”
EarthBox® is available directly from the company (call 1-800-442-7336 or go online), with prices ranging from $32.95 to $54.95. Independent garden centers such as Stauffers of Kissel Hill and Esbenshades also sell EarthBox®.