No space to grow, fret not. In this video blog we will review this revolutionary new GardenStalk Leaf planter in which you can grow 42 plants vertically in a compact space. The product was sent to us for by GreenStalk gardens. In the package, we have the mover base, something I highly recommend, especially if you are keeping the planter on a paved surface. It’s easy to move the planter around if it’s placed on a mover base, seven Greenstalk planter tiers, watering discs, and a top watering can for the patented watering system which makes the planter unique. The watering discs water each individual tier and the top watering feeds water to the individual watering discs.
The key difference between this product and the original greenstalk planter is the difference in the height of each planter tier. The height of the tiers in this planter is 7” instead of 10” as on the original planter. Each tier has six pockets which gives you plenty of space for your growing needs and has markings for fill soil level. It’s important to fill the soil all the way to the top so plants get exposed to the full amount of light they need to and are not within the shadow of the planter itself. The pockets are about 19 inches wide by 56 inches in height. The top water reservoir has markings on it to water individual tiers. The planters are made of great quality, #5 polypropylene plastic which is free of BPA, BPS and PVC. It’s made in USA (GreenStalk is based in Knoxville, TN.) with attention paid to quality and detail.
We used a custom potting mix to fill in the planter tiers. We used 1 part peat moss, 1 part compost, 1 part perlite, few handfuls of worm castings, and 2 cups of an organic fertilizer with beneficial bacteria. Since peat moss is hydro phobic you’ll need to add water and leave it for about an hour or so to let the medium soak up all the water. You can also add a few handfuls of calcium source like gypsum to your potting mix. Alternatively, you can also use a ready to use bagged potting mixes that you can find at your local gardening store. The important thing is to use a potting mix and not garden soil as potting mixes retain moisture far longer than regular soil which is key to growing container plants.
The Greenstalk leaf planter is smaller than the original planter. So, plant vegetables and herbs with medium large root systems. This will include most herbs like cilantro, parsley, etc. We also planted some spinach, beets, beans, chili peppers in the tiers. If you are planning to grow bigger plants like tomatoes or eggplants, use the original Greenstalk planter. Once you finish planting one tier you attach the watering disc and add the next tier which will easily snap fit on the lower tier. The bottom most tier easily snaps on to the mover base to facilitate easy movement. Once you assemble the top most tier you can attach the watering disc to finish setting up your beautiful 7 tier Greenstalk leaf planter.
Few days later you can see that the plants are settling down in the greenstalk planter. Make sure to keep the container soil moist at all times. For growing small to medium plants, vegetables and herbs, the greenstalk leaf planter is a great choice. We love its overall design and compactness and the ability to grow many plants in such a small space. The design is modern and the planter will add to the look of your garden. For growing larger plants like tomatoes, eggplants, broccoli, etc. the original greenstalk planter may be a better choice. But just the overall look, design and utility for the Greenstalk leaf planter makes me want to vote this as the best compact vertical gardening system for your home garden. You can use coupon code CAG to get $10 off your entire order when you order your products on GreenStalkGarden.com. If you’re planning to jumpstart your gardening this year with some serious planting, head over to GreenStalkGarden.com and order yours today!
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