Author Archives: Kristi Armes

Sowing the Seeds of Food Education

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Planting Seeds for the Future at Minot Forest Elementary In the winning entry from our Facebook video competition, four students from Minot Forest Elementary School bring their assistant principal a delicious lunchtime meal made from salad veggies pulled right from their Garden Tower™ 2 Vertical Gardening System — complete with an entire bottle of ranch, of […]

Starting and Growing Beets

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Join the beet renaissance! As the popularity of growing beets increases, root vegetables are experiencing a culinary renaissance. Beets come in a variety of colors, shapes, and textures. All are highly nutritious, including significant amounts of fiber, potassium, folic acid, and vitamin C. Betalains are powerful antioxidants that give red beets their distinctive hue and […]

How to Thin Your Tomato Seeds

Tomato and basil seedlings
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Watch as Kristi shows us how she thins her tomato seeds at home: Thinning your tomato seeds will make sure your strongest seeds survive and grow strong for transplanting them outdoors. In this video, Kristi shares her tricks and tips to thinning your tomato seeds. Learn: When to thin your seeds and how you will […]

Starting and Growing Cucumbers

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Get ready salads, homegrown cukes are on the way! Homegrown cucumbers have thin, tender skin that you usually won’t need to peel. Cucumbers plants are fast-growing. This cool, summer, salad “must” is very easy to grow, and there is a cucumber variety to fit everyone’s preference. General Information Cucumbers can be classified into two categories: […]

Starting and Growing Basil

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There’s a reason basil is so popular. It’s delicious! There are many known species of basil, but Ocimum basilicum, also known as Sweet Basil or Genovese Basil, is the most commonly grown. Basils are enjoyed for their rich, spicy flavor which contains a trace of mint, clove, and even licorice, depending on the cultivar. Basil […]

5 Steps to Harden Off Seedlings

These seedlings are ready for transplant.
Garden Tower Project > Articles by: Kristi Armes

Starting seeds indoors is very rewarding but it does take focus and effort.  After you put you time, energy, and love into your seedlings, you want to make sure they flourish outside.  A key to ensuring success is “hardening off” your seedlings before you finally transplant to the garden.  Hardening off is the process of […]

Organic Pest Control Guide for Your Garden

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  A visual guide to proven organic, integrated pest management in your Garden    This fantastic infographic will help you identify common garden pests, proactively plan to prevent infestations, and naturally control insects, fungus, and other garden critters out to harm your veggies!  Here at Garden Tower Project, we use a combination of water, neem […]

What to Put in a Garden Journal

Journal future log
Garden Tower Project > Articles by: Kristi Armes

Keeping a garden journal is a beautiful blend of art and science. It is a testament to your garden and a notebook of learning accomplished throughout your growing year. What you put into a journal makes it incredibly useful for years to come, as it creates a kind of almanac specific to your location. Tracking […]

Gifts for Gardeners

Garden Tower 2™ is a great gift!
Garden Tower Project > Articles by: Kristi Armes

Are you planning gifts for gardening enthusiasts? Here are some fun and practical that will help your beloved gardener start the new year off right. Tools To get you started, here’s a list of great tool ideas for gardeners. Gardeners will love hori hori, seeding tools, nitrile-palmed gloves, buckets and bags to organize tools, small […]

Soil Building 201: Biochar

Orange Mushroom Closeup
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Biochar is a immensely valuable soil amendment. According to the International Biochar Initiative, “This two thousand year old practice converts agricultural waste into a soil enhancer that can hold carbon, boost food security, and increase soil biodiversity, and discourage deforestation. The process creates a fine-grained, highly porous charcoal that helps soils retain nutrients and water.” […]