Want to know how an Eco Garden System works? Who best to learn from then the Nation’s top Garden expert, Nick Federoff. We had an opportunity to join Nick on set in California for a demonstration of this fantastic self-watering garden. The location was an urban setting right in his office backyard which was mainly cement. The Eco Garden System is perfect for locations where soil is nonexistent. With the Eco system you bring the soil and fill the unit and “poof” instant garden in the backyard. Add water and plants and let nature do the rest. With his passion for Sustainable Environment Education, the Eco garden System fits the mold to reduce water usage and provide an organic environment for growing vegetables. The garden is made out of chemical free plastic that will last many years without having to replace like many wood garden beds. It is elevated which makes those with disabilities or aging ailments garden without the inhibition of mobility issues. The self-watering feature maintains moisture level in the garden helping to cut down on water usage from regular watering. Saving water and time as well as growing healthy organic vegetables is one step closer to allowing everyone to garden and to garden different.
On set we installed and planted an Eco Garden to show his viewers how easy it is to assemble, fill and plant. Within an hour we had the garden built and planted. Monitoring or admiring once a week is all that is needed thereafter. Filling the reservoir located under the soil platform once every two weeks will ensure constant watering without lifting a finger. The garden comes with an irrigation system installed that recycles the water from the reservoir below. Having the hose remain attached and on will operate the top irrigation to ensure seeds germinate and plants receive nutrients when added. Otherwise, most of the water is from the reservoir below that wicks to the surface of the soil and maintains the moisture needed for the plants to grow. Vegetables love moist well drained soil and the Eco System provides the perfect environment just for that.
To fill the garden we started with 3 cubic feet of peat moss or coco coir( which is ground coconut husks) and then layered about 7 bags of a good quality potting mix on top of the peat. By doing this it allows the garden to drain well and hold enough moisture in the soil to help your plants thrive. We attached the hose and filled the reservoir below which is monitored by a float system that shuts the water off when the tank is full. There is an inch oxygen gap between wicking grate and the reservoir to ensure your plant roots breathe and don’t drown. From there we planted all kinds of vegetables and lots of them. Try just about anything in this garden! Stand back and watch it grow!
Tune into Things Green Saturday mornings KLCS TV 58 and watch our episode that airs the first time on May 19th 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
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Urban Farming with an Eco-Garden