Seasonal Gardening

Winter Tower Gardening

Let’s face it: Growing produce outdoors in the winter is tough work. By the time December rolls around, temperatures in many regions have already dropped to numbers that aren’t suitable for most crops. Even cool weather plants that thrive in the autumn often struggle to survive in colder temperatures.

With that said, growing with Tower Garden in the winter is nowhere near impossible. In fact, Tower Garden was designed to be used year-round by making it simple to grow both outdoors and inside. If you do plan to try winter Tower Gardening, there’s a big chance that you will have to alter your growing strategy.

In this guide, we’ll demonstrate how you can continue growing with Tower Garden throughout the winter.

Tips for Braving the Cold

For those who live in the Northern Hemisphere, January and February typically bring the lowest temperatures of the year. Unless you live in areas where temperatures rarely dip below 50°F (10°C), you’ll need to adjust your strategy to ensure your garden makes it through the winter.

If you’re adamant about growing outdoors in the winter, follow these steps shared by our friends at Living Towers:

Maintain a Full Reservoir

When your reservoir is running low, it becomes much more susceptible to the outdoor elements. To avoid your Tower Garden’s water source from freezing over, we recommend keeping the reservoir full at all times. As a reminder, the Tower Garden HOME reservoir holds 50 litres.

Move Your Garden into the Sun

When preparing for the winter, you’ll want to find the sunniest spot possible for your Tower Garden. Maximising the sunlight is essential during winter’s shorter, colder days. When choosing your new location, don’t forget to consider other factors that contribute to an outdoor garden’s success.

Set Your Timer Accordingly

If the water in your Tower Garden is stagnant during the long, cold winter nights, it may freeze. If the forecast calls for freezing temperatures, keep your timer so that water is running continuously.

Taking Your Tower Garden Indoors

Growing outdoors during the winter requires a lot of attention, some patience, and a bit of risk. There’s no guarantee that crops will survive if temperatures drop to record lows during the winter months. If you're looking for a safe bet, we recommend taking a more stress-free approach by moving your garden indoors.

Thanks to options with LED Indoor Grow Lights for Tower Garden HOME, growing indoors is easier than ever. All you need is a direct power source and about 1.5m sq. of space. By growing indoors during the winter, you’re essentially taking the outdoor elements out of the equation.

Best Crops to Grow in the Winter with Tower Garden

Whether you’re growing outdoors or inside, it’s recommended that you stick to leafy greens and non-fruiting crops during the winter months. This is because larger, fruiting crops require more light and pollination, which are typically harder to come by during this time of the year. These crops also require more space around your tower — and if you’re growing indoors, that can also be limited.

Here’s a list of our favourite crops to grow during the winter:

Ready to Grow Fresh Produce All Winter Long?

Winter is one of the hardest times of the year to grow outdoors. But with the right knowledge, accessories, and persistence, you can succeed. With Tower Garden, you can grow fresh, delicious greens all season long by following the above tips for braving the cold, growing the right crops, and moving your garden indoors if needed. Good luck, and happy growing!