The Garden Up Story: It's all about helping you grow your own fresh, nutritious, great-tasting vegetables and herbs.
Garden Up is all about getting
affordable, efficient drip-system hydroponic garden towers into the hands of people and
businesses like restaurants who want to jump off the supermarket produce
bandwagon onto the fresh and local one. We love having a vast array of grocery store choices, but
let’s face it: supermarket produce is
becoming very expensive and it isn’t actually very fresh. The average vegetable or piece of fruit travels over 1,500 miles from
farm-to-table. It’s farmed for shipping size and weight not nutrition or taste.
Since we are city folks we
needed to design and manufacture gardening equipment that works in cities (P.S.
It will work anywhere!). That’s why we went vertical not horizontal, and nixed
soil in favor of a drip-system which uses Simplified Hydroponics. This means
water mixed with organic nutrient tea circulates to replace soil.
What Can You Grow: Most any vegetable, herb or flower!
So what can your Garden Up
tower or tub grow? Most anything as long as it doesn’t involve a long root
(example: carrot). Everything else is game. Herbs grow extremely well. Start
out with basil, parsley and a few types of nice, dark green lettuce and move on
to catnip, lemongrass or whatever herb ingredient you like to cook with. Old
school standards like tomatoes, peppers and beans also grow well. Try some
short, bushy berry plants in the tub unit. Try growing cantaloupe on the bottom
rung of the tower unit. Put our little Herbie unit on your kitchen counter and
grow six different fresh herb plants. The sky is the limit. By our calculations one of Garden Up's Commercial Grade Tower Units holding 72 plants can grow over $1,200 worth of fresh vegetables and herbs in a SINGLE SEASON alone!
How It Works: With our Nutrient Tea, not soil.
Drip-system gardening means using nutrient tea from Garden Up mixed with water in the base of the
unit. It means checking the acid-base level of the system every other day or
so, and topping up the nutrient tea/water levels. It’s different than soil
gardening but less complex and definitely less messy. Best of all plants grow
more quickly, more full and produce beautiful fruits, veggies and flowers. Note that Garden Up includes starter nutrient teas for up to TWO MONTHS of growing your fresh produce, herbs or flowers. Also, please note all our units are MADE in the USA.
Try Garden Up: You'll like it. So will your friends and family.
Our Garden Up team has a
passion for helping people grow fresh, local food for themselves, their families
and their neighbors. We are not a high design company with overly complex
technical offerings. We are down-to-earth science and design folks with decades
of experience developing products people like to use. The seeds for our little
company have been sown and sprouted. Pun intended. We’ve nurtured product
design and testing and outreach to consumers and community all alone and find
it’s time to reach out for support. Your support, Kickstarters. The support we
raise will go toward putting the finishing touches on product design (shining
the chrome, so to speak), reaching out to community and garden leaders,
donating a couple of units to a horticultural rehab unit at a veteran’s
hospital and helping us get our products out to people.
In return we offer you a
sampling of the Garden Up magic at whatever level of support you pledge. We
have worked hard enough to be able to promise you will be intrigued and
delighted with our products and your gardening results no matter if you are an
expert gardener already or just starting out. Whether you want to garden
indoors in a sunny corner near the window, outside on a patio or balcony or set
up a real rooftop food garden. When you
place a pledge your order will be part of a special Kickstarter manufacturing
run started on the day the Kickstarter program closes. You or your giftee
should receive whatever level product you ordered within 45 days max, or sooner,
ready-to-plant. We’ll even send some seeds along to get started!
In the end it’s all about
fresh, nutritious local food that doesn’t have more Frequent Flyer miles than
you do. Garden Up thanks you for helping us help you.
Check out your REWARDS!
GOOF PROOF TUB Unit
GARDEN TOWER Unit
ROMAN GARDEN HEAD
SCIENCE HERBIE (NO ELECTRIC PUMP)
NOTE: This model is being tweaked a bit in the product development lab and will be ready to ship to arrive to you by mid-April 2012. Great teaching tool, and great for growing plants where you might not have access to an outlet!