This project's funding goal was not reached on March 10, 2012.
About this project
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!
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