We get comments and questions each week from people who want to grow their own food, but for one reason or another cannot plant a full vegetable garden. Some of you live in urban settings, in apartments and condominiums without yards. Some of you have disabilities that keep you from being able to work in large gardens. Some of you have commitments and time constraints that have kept you from starting your gardens just yet.
We are always looking for solutions that can help people to get started growing their own groceries. There are many different approaches, and many of them are good. Today I want to introduce you to one solution that might be a good fit for your situation – The Metro-Grower. This is a practical solution that anyone can put in place to get some fresh vegetables growing – anywhere you have 20 inches of space with good sunlight. It’s a great way to get vegetables growing on a porch, a patio, or a balcony.
The biggest problem people run into when trying to grow vegetables in containers is watering. Some people are prone to over-watering. They water every day. Their plants become yellow and limp, and eventually die of fungus, mold, or mildew. Other people are prone to under-watering. They forget to water for several days, or even weeks. These plants become thin and stringy, eventually dying of thirst. The problem of watering is exactly the problem that the Metro-Grower is designed to solve.
The Metro-Grower uses a technique called sub-irrigation to make watering easy for everyone. Basically what this means is that you don’t need to water the soil at all. You pour water into a reservoir below the container, and the water is absorbed up into the soil above as it is needed. You still need to keep an eye on things to ensure that the soil stays evenly moist and doesn’t become too wet, but compared to the old way of watering, it’s a breeze. The Metro-Grower uses a custom soil separator to create a permanent airspace between the soil above and the water below. This airspace eliminates circling roots, and encourages air-pruning, which maximizes the number of feeder roots for all of your plants.
The Metro-Grower is perfect for families in the suburbs, allowing you to get a nice harvest from home grown plants in a compact, clean container. It is great for people in urban places because it’s small footprint allows it to be kept on even the smallest balconies. Its clean presentation looks good on any porch, in the front yard or the back yard. The growing container is 16″ x 16″ x 9″ tall. The water reservoir is 20″ x 20″ x 2″ tall. All of the components are made with UV protected food-grade plastic, and come with a 5 year warranty.
Metro-Grower Elite – $49.95 + Shipping
– Growing Container
– Soil Separator
– Water Reservoir
– Instruction Booklet + DVD
– Soil Amendments:
– Coir Fiber Enriched with Trace Minerals (1.75 Gallons)
– Pumice Stone (1 Gallon)
– Vermicompost (1.5 Cups)
– SoilKey Fertilizer (1 Cup)
– Mycorrhizae (1 Ounce)
– You Provide 3 Gallons Fresh Organic Compost
– 5 Year Warranty
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