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General Questions

  • Our gardens are all constructed out of food contact grade LDPE plastic with a UV stabilizer.  This will reduce/eliminate any leaching issues and make sure the garden’s strength stays intact year after year in the sun.  No wood means no contaminants (wood and water are not a good anti-bacterial combination).

  • Well, the benefits are several:

    • The structure of our gardens (Soil Platform, Air Gap, Water Reservoir) creates the best environment for speed to maturity for plants. We see growth rates of up to double that of traditional gardens.
    • With plants reaching maturity faster combined with our robust growing environment (the Air Gap, a moisture-rich, oxygen-rich environment between the soil and the reservoir) and a more consistent temperature (the water reservoir helps regulate soil temperature even as air temperatures get cooler), we see a much higher total production. We have seen production of up to 50% higher than traditional gardens – this is confirmed by two University of Minnesota studies which show production of 60% more for plants and will soon be supplemented by our own research.
    • Since our gardens are totally self-contained, no outside influences occur that you do not choose to add. If you start with organic soil and additives, your garden will be organic from the beginning and you will be able to provide your family with the “all natural” foods they want and need!
    • A raised box garden makes family gardening easy and fun. From older generations who have a harder time bending, kneeling and squatting to keeping the younger kids from crawling through the entire garden to you having the ability to provide a great family experience (did we mention the no bending thing for you??), an Eco Garden is the single best way to enjoy the gardening experience.
    • An Eco Garden can also help with keeping the environment stable. From our water reservoir maximizing every drop of moisture (you use up to 65% less water with an Eco Garden) to our contained system keeping all of your good soil in place – our product line helps you live a sustainable lifestyle. In addition, growing your own food can help your family when other food gets expensive – just head to the backyard and grab dinner!
    • Several parts of the US are not necessarily favorable for growing crops – they have a case of the “too’s” – too dry, too wet, too hot, too cool, soil too poor, too something. An Eco Garden Systems’ garden can help you keep growing even when conditions are not ideal.  You control everything – and you can keep growing later into the year (and start earlier).
    • Do you live in a city without space or the right soil for growing? Well now you can be an Urban Gardener and create your own little slice of agriculture in the heart of the concrete jungle by using an Eco Garden.
  • Well, that depends on a couple of things – How advanced are your gardening skills? How much time do you have? How hands-on do you want to be? Generally, the less time you have, the lower your experience level, and if your desire to be hands-on is low, we recommend the Backyard Garden (coming soon).  On the other hand, the more time you want to spend, the higher your gardening skill set, and the more hands-on you want to be we might recommend the Original Garden.  Each works great – but the choice is really up to you! Check out plan your garden to find out which garden is best for your lifestyle.

  • Original GardenBackyard Garden
    SizeA bit more surface area (16 square yards)Scaled back a bit to make it easier to work the entire garden (13 square yards of surface area)
    Self-WateringYes – connect to a hose, hack the system with a sprinkler control box or purchase an optional pump station and this garden becomes pretty automaticYes – comes with an automated pump so you can fill and forget it (well, perhaps check the water level every now and then!)
    MobilityBoth gardens are very heavy and should only be moved when completely empty. You risk severe injury should you try and move either garden when they are full
    Pump StationA version of our Pumping Station will be available to you at extra costComes with a rechargeable pumping station
    Solar Powered?Our Original Garden pumping station can be connected to our solar powering system.Battery included and will come with a solar charing panel when the system is finalized
    Storage?No – but you can add racks and other conveniences as we have inserted nuts into the garden around the exterior for any mounting projects you may needConvenient pull out drawer for all of your gardening tools and accessories
    AestheticsThe Original Garden is large and focused maximum production – it is all about the work and the convenience.The Backyard Garden has wood grain features in its construction to fit in with almost any outdoor décor.
    Can I hook multiple gardens together?The Original Garden is designed for the serious gardener who wants multiple units all connected together.  With the proper control box, up to 16 gardens can be connected together and run off of one hose (assuming 50-60 PSI from the hose).The Backyard Garden is designed to be a single garden for every backyard.  They can be connected together – but the design is mainly for a single stand-alone garden.
  • The garden itself is made out of high grade LDPE that is food-contact ready. We add some antimicrobials and a UV stabilizer to make the garden even more long-lasting.

  • We have created a substantial gap between the soil platform and the water reservoir.  This allows plant roots to grow through the soil platform and hang in the “Air Gap” – maximizing the amount of oxygen plants get and creating a moisture-rich environment for the root systems.

    Oxygen is a critical component for all life – and especially for plants.  Overwatering can actually drown plants causing them to underperform from both a growth and production perspective. By controlling the amount of soil moisture, creating the “Air Gap,” and having a water reservoir, you will create the optimal growing conditions.  The University of Minnesota did studies in 2007 and 2013 that show that vegetables can produce up to 58% more product using super-oxygenated growing conditions.

  • Visit our Store as we have a couple of different options based on your needs.

  • Browse our website and visit any of our social media channels (we are on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn and we’re coming soon to SnapChat). If you do not find what you need, send us a message or reach out to us at (612) 844-1095.

  • Our Industrial Garden Group works with many different growing needs. We are especially adept at working with groups interested in Controlled Environment Agriculture within the United States.  For more information, please contact us via phone at (612) 844-1095 or go to our E-Store for further information.

  • Elevated beds, containers and other types of raised gardens do have a tendency to compact over time (just like in-ground gardens). If you are having difficulty in growing root crops or the edges of your garden start to look like the crisp edges of brownies (pulling away from the sides of the garden, cracks in the soil bed, etc.) you may have issues that need to be addressed. Solutions are many but we break it into three groups.

    First, make sure you use the right soil – always default to soils for raised beds. Avoid soil that has a stated use for in-ground gardens. See our FAQ on soil for more information – but we recommend a high quality soil made specifically for raised bed gardens.

    Second, introduce organic matter initially and at the end of a growing season. Compost is the best (many ways to make compost) as is a mix of “green/brown matter. Starting a compost system is easy and is also sustainable. Accompany this compost with a garden fork – this opens pathways into the soil without disturbing the microbiome and allows nutrients to penetrate the soil.

    Third, you can introduce Perlite or large grain sand or other medium into the soil – this material helps keep the soil from compacting and helps move moisture through the soil to prevent moisture from acting as a compaction agent.

    Have more questions? Reach out to us at info@ecogardensystems.com and we can help point you in the right direction! #GardenDifferent

Garden Set Up & Maintenance

  • Setting up and Eco Garden is quick and easy.  We include instructions with each unit and you can watch a video on how to assemble the garden: Assembly Video

    A couple of things to think about as you select a spot for your garden:

    • You should select a level space in your yard.
    • An Eco Garden works best when on part of your yard’s hardscape or other level area that take some weight (a full Original Garden weighs approximately 1,500 pounds and may settle when placed on soft surfaces).
    • Drainage (the overflow and actual drain hoses) should be directed away from the Eco Garden to maintain stability and level for the garden. Make sure they are also pointed away from your home’s foundation as well.
    • Once your garden is assembled (either Original or Backyard), fill the reservoir with water, add the soil platform and add your soil blend (see specific garden information or other FAQ’s for type and quantity of soil).
    • Make sure all of your watering system works prior to putting soil in the garden.
    • If you purchased a Backyard Garden, test the Pumping Station prior to putting soil in the garden to make sure everything works.
    • Prior to planting, make sure your soil has sufficient moisture – some soils are more moist than other.  We recommend watering your new soil the achieve initial moisture levels.
      • We recommend you let your garden sit for a period of time after establishing the moisture level – roughly two days to let your soil settle
    • For starter plants, follow instructions for that type of plant in terms of soil depth
      • Typically, this means planting so that the top of the soil in the container is matched with the top of the soil in your garden)
    • For seeds, a rule of thumb is to plant seeds about 1″ deep.  Follow the directions for your specific seeds to achieve best results.
  • Absolutely – but fertilizing works a bit differently in an Eco Garden because of the water reservoir.  We recommend avoiding liquid fertilizers as they can leave behind a salt and mineral build up in the soil.  We recommend a high quality, dry granular fertilizer (some users prefer Organic – but as long as it is high quality you should be okay).  We also recommend removing your garden soil every year, adding a bit more compost, and mixing a dry fertilizer into your garden soil in the spring (or whenever you decide to put it back in the garden).  This will help keep your soil “fresh” and will help fertilize your plants appropriately.

    Some experts even recommending a saturation watering once per summer – this is where you top water your Eco Garden until water comes out of the overflow drain.  This can help flush unwanted leftovers from your soil and water reservoir.

    We are also learning more about soil health and nutrients as we expand the distribution of our gardens. We recommend you test your soil health at least once per year. You can find soil test kits (pH, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potash) at your local garden supply store. We find that Nitrogen is used up most quickly and may need to be replenished (due mainly to the water running through the soil and into the reservoir – this is why some of your deep-root plants do so well and some shallow root plants may need more help).

  • Check out our Plan Your Garden page for planning approaches, when to plant what crops and what plants do (and do not) enjoy growing together.

  • The brand is up to you – but for the best overall results we recommend high quality peat moss (helps with moisture retention and soil acidity) and a high quality soil for raised/elevated garden beds (often a blend of lighter potting soil and heavier garden soil) plus compost and organic material.

    We do not recommend pure potting soil as it tends to be a bit lighter and more susceptible to wind.  We do not recommend top soil or garden soil as these two varieties tend to be a bit heavier and over time can get a bit compacted leading to less than optimal results.

    For the Original Garden, we recommend approximately 20 Cubic Feet of growing material.  Two to four cubic feet of peat moss (towards the high end of the range if you want to best moisture control) and the remainder (16 – 18 cubic feet) in soil.

    For the Backyard Garden, we recommend approximately 14 Cubic Feet of soil material.  Two to three cubic feet of peat moss and the remainder (11 – 12 cubic feet) in soil.

  • No – that is the great thing about our garden. The water reservoir provides continual access to moisture and the Air Gap provide a layer of moist air at and around the roots minimizing the need to water. We recommend using a moisture sensor (our Complete Pump Station comes with multiple sensors) and watering only when the moisture sensor indicates a need. Fast Facts: indoors, our gardens rarely require applied moisture due to this revolutionary approach; in total, our gardens use 65% less moisture than traditional gardens.

  • The Pump Station works just like a self-contained sprinkler system. The Moisture Sensor lets the control board know when moisture is needed. You program how long you want the watering system to be on based on how you like your garden and the weather where you are located (dry, moist, hot, cool, etc.). The pump station will test the soil’s moisture level and will draw water from the reservoir to apply to your garden. When the reservoir gets low (water that does not evaporate will trickle through the soil and collect in the reservoir), you will be notified and you can add more water to the reservoir.

  • No – since the water is protected from sunlight, there is no activator for any biologics in the water. Still, we recommend draining and cleaning your garden at the end of every season. This is mainly for colder climates to prevent any damage to the garden from the freezing of the water.

  • If the reservoir gets filled up, excess water flows out of the overflow drain (sort of like an overflow system in a sink). This makes sure the Air Gap is maintained and your plants do not drown. Also, the moisture sensor will let the pump station know that there is sufficient moisture so no additional water is needed.