-Extend Your Growing Seasons with the Tower Greenhouse,
Attention Tower Gardeners:
-Reflective Thermal Barrier Fabric,
-ClearDome Towernet for bird & animal protection,
-Simplify Relocating Your Tower Garden with the Transporter, and
-New! Organic Tower-Ready Edible Seedlings in San Diego
-Extend Your Growing Seasons with the Tower Greenhouse,
The top left photo shows our new easy setup ClearDome Tower Greenhouse for winter frost, snow and wind protection down to the low 20 degree range (when a water heater is added to the tank water), and the right photo shows how the UV and freeze protected film opens on days above 50 degrees F.
Here's an example of overnight frost damage to unprotected tomato plants growing on a Tower Garden after a night of below freezing temperatures, bottom left photo, while the right photo shows a a thriving, unaffected tomato plant inside the ClearDome Tower Greenhouse the same morning. A tank water heater and the greenhouse helped keep air and plant temps about 10 degrees warmer than ambient outside temperatures.
Our reflective Thermal Barrier Barrier Fabric, shown below, can replace the greenhouse film to help protect plants from summer heat damage. Scroll down to see the Tower Greenhouse frame with the metal support stand for use on pavement instead of dirt, shown above. Questions? Want to learn more about our wide variety of hundreds of Tower-ready and larger 3" pot edible gourmet food, flower and herb seedlings? Please contact San Diego Tower Garden distributor and trainer Deris Jeannette for more details, make an appointment for pickup, and for low prices by clicking here: email@example.com, or call 619/990-7977. They are now available to order online and ship by mail.
These unique products are custom designed and extensively tested by ClearDome Solar Thermal to be used by experienced Tower Gardeners that have already purchased their aeroponic Tower Garden vertical food growing systems (right) made by Juice Plus+.
Tower Garden uses the most advanced aeroponic gardening technology to grow over 35 types of veggies, fruits, many herbs, and flowers 50% faster than growing in earth or hydroponically. It is a professional, industrial grade vertical growing system now being used to grow local fruits and veggies for numerous restaurants, schools and large urban farms around the country. If you do not yet own a Tower Garden and would like to learn how it can grow your own delicious, highly nutritious food, please click here for more information.
For upcoming public Tower Garden demonstration dates in San Diego, California, including our monthly Saturday introduction to Tower Garden and JuicePlus+, and to purchase a wide variety of hundreds of organic/non-GMO edible Tower Garden seedlings (left) in San Diego, or any TG related questions contact San Diego distributor and trainer Deris Jeannette at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 619/990-7977.
Tower and Earth Gardeners Can Protect Food Plants
From Weather Extremes, Bird and Animal Intrusion
Tower Garden distributors or customers that have already purchased their aeroponic Tower Garden from Juice Plus+ now have more ways and new ideas on to extend the food growing season in summer and winter, eliminate plant loss and damage from birds, animals, loss of power, and thermal or wind damage on extreme hot and cold days, thanks to ClearDome Solar Thermal in San Diego, CA.
And in coming months, a Tower Solar Electric 12 volt pump kit (shown below) will be available for keeping the water flowing during power outages and growing off the grid. We also will offer a more affordable manual hand pump to circulate water in extreme power blackout emergencies.
While some of these attachments like the Tower Greenhouse or ClearDome Towernet can also be used with earth, box or pot gardens, these products are specially designed for the Tower Garden by ClearDome Solar Thermal and are not available anywhere else. The complete Tower Garden Food Growing system and a number of other standard Tower Garden options are available to order online from the same web page where you placed your original order so we suggest looking through those items first because many can be used with our add-ons.
More new products are upcoming, including a compact portable Veggie Garden 2go hydroponic growing system for many rooted, medicinal and seasoning herbs and spices, and other plants you can't or don't want to grow in Tower Garden. We encourage any new ideas for improving your Tower Garden growing experience, so tell us what kinds of product add-ons would by helpful, or send your questions by email to product designer Deris Jeannette: email@example.com
ClearDome Tower Greenhouse for severe weather protection-
To help protect food growing plants in winter, our portable, collapsible ClearDome Tower Greenhouse will completely surround your Tower Garden to increase inside solar heating in daylight by as much as 40 degrees F, help preserve warmth at night, and protect against wind, hail and snow storms, and increase humidity levels, even with the optional Tower Garden Tomato Cage in place. Plants have ample room to grow out or above the optional cage, or you can attach your own plant support lines or plasticto the 7 foot tall galvanized metal frame poles to support branches or food. There's even enough room for plants to grow above two additional tower plant section add-on extensions.
Our simple easy-to-assemble design (shown in the top two photos above) allows you to push the bottom of the galvanized metal frame poles into optional plastic sleeves pushed into dirt or sand, or attach them to the included metal support stand (left) when on flat, level ground. The Tower Garden sits directly over the stand base to better secure the frame. Both configurations provide ample wind support and can be dis-assembled in about 10 minutes.
We use one of the most durable (rated minimum 4-5 years use) UV-treated, highly transparent clear greenhouse film that completely surrounds the frame poles which allows 92% of full spectrum sunlight to pass through to the plants. It is easily installed and removed with attached grommets at the top and removable push-on pole clips on the sides so you can partially or fully open to check the plants, harvest food, add water, or remove the film and add our optional Thermal Barrier Fabric (shown below) to reduce the plant and water temperatures on warm days.
Towernet repels birds and critters
Our new custom ClearDome Towernet, right photo, is now available to prevent hungry birds and animals like deer, raccoons, or pets from eating your tasty food. However it will still allow small pollinating flying insects to pass through.
Towernet is a lightweight, but strong wide-weaved (1") non-toxic UV resist plastic net that can be supported by the Tower Greenhouse frame, left photo, the optional Tomato Cage (ordered from the Juice Plus+ Tower Garden web store) or your own support structure. When supported by our Greenhouse Frame it and the other fabrics are farther from the plants so they have more room to grow.
It can also be used to support vine plants like peas, beans or cucumbers. It comes in three sizes: small, to support vines without the frame, the standard fully assembled Tower Garden size, a larger 10' x 25' net and a discounted bulk order size starting at 10' by 30' or longer, for even larger uses-- for multiple Tower Garden or other assorted garden or camping uses. Flying insects that pollinate blooming plants can still reach the plants through the net.
Use the PayPal order links below to place your order. To order bulk Towernet, it comes 10' wide by a minimum of 30' and maximum of 100' long. Multiply the length times the width to figure how many square feet you need and type that number in the quantity box.
For increased freeze protection, add water heater to tank.
An optional 100-200 watt aquarium tank water heater should be used to keep water in the ideal 60-70 degree F temperature range, and can be ordered from pet supply outlets or soon on main Tower Garden by Juice Plus+ order page when available. The heated water radiates from the Tower and adds about 7-10 degrees to the air temperature inside the greenhouse at night.
On cold winter sunny days when the greenhouse film is completely closed, inside temperatures will stay about 30-40 degrees warmer than the outside air. By opening the film slightly the temperature will drop about 10 degrees from that. Open even more and the temperature drops more, so it's easy to regulate the temperature and reduce humidity on dry days to keep your plants comfortable and maximize growing. In warmer areas like the Southern States, food can be grown all year if cool or warm season plants are grown at the right time of year.
Here's an added bonus if you also have an earth, box or pot garden and want to protect the plants from severe weather problems: If the the same greenhouse support poles are assembled slightly different from the standard tower design, the length of the tower will extend horizontally instead of up. Thermal Barrier Fabric can be attached for better hot weather protection and ClearDome Towernet can be attached to prevent bird, rodent and animal intrusion.
We're finished with our second year of intensive testing and final improvements to the prototype ClearDome Tower Greenhouse design and it and the fabrics are now available to purchase by using the PayPal order links below.
Please click the down button in the box for discounted options when you add either of the two fabrics to your Greenhouse order. Plus, we will pay the additional shipping cost when either of the options are selected. You can also order just the fabrics without the greenhouse. Allow at least 2-3 weeks for delivery
Pump power backup from the sun-
Reduce summer heat & wind with Thermal Barrier Fabric-
In the warmest summer months, our reflective ClearDome Solar Thermal Barrier Fabric will reflect 70% of the sun's heat away from plants while allowing 45% of strong, filtered sunlight pass to through. It works best when suspended above the plants about one to four feet, on our Tower Greenhouse Frame, on a patio cover, or wooden frame. It is attached to the greenhouse frame in this photo, but only on two of the four sides facing south, which is the front sun exposure of the Tower Garden.
We suggest not completely covering the north, east and west sides of the Tower to allow unfiltered early morning and late afternoon direct and reflected sunlight on the plants, shown in the back side close-up photo. Also, to reduce any chance of catching or breaking a branch and dislodging fruit, the fabric should not be laid directly on the plants or tower.
Covering only the top and south facing front side reduces the hottest midday solar heat, which could damage plants. The included plastic pole clips can be attached to the fabric for securing it to the Tower frame. This fabric can also be used for wind protection when used on the windy side of the Tower. It slows 30 MPH wind to about 3-5 MPH, which will help many plants survive. The Tower Frame is sturdy enough to withstand moderate winds.
Increase backside growth-
To add more sunlight to the plants on the shady side of your Tower Garden-- which will increase growth-- our super 85% reflective Snow White CoolTarp> is easy to attach, is non-toxic, and very durable. It's 15-20% more reflective than white paint, is easy to clean, and won't fade or crack because of the thick 24 mil, multi layer anti-UV treated material composition.
Click to order Tower Snow White CoolTarp to increase backside plant growth.
Larger sizes available in drop-down.
Tower Garden directions suggest turning the tower base occasionally to increase sun coverage on the shady side plants, but installing Snow White CoolTarp on the north side of the Tower, shown in the right photo, eliminates the need for adjustment. It can be secured to a wall or tall trellis about 2-3 feet from the tower on the north side of your tower. Our Tower Greenhouse frame, shown above, is another excellent way to secure it.
It can also be used as a wind block, but should be situated far enough away from the tower to prevent shading the plant if it's not on the north side. A better option is to use Thermal Barrier Fabric. Optional removable pressure grommets are available on the CoolTarp web page order links.
Keep tank water cooler -
On the warmest days, it's important to keep the tank water temperature below 90 degrees F or the plant roots will slow down or stop water and nutrient transpiration (natural pumping) to the plant above, causing drooping and possible damage. Wrapping the water tank with a durable reflective material like our 97% reflective SolaReflex Foil will reflect away nearly all of the direct sun's heat energy and absorbed radiated heat from the ground. It's installed on the bottom of the Tower Garden shown in the right photo.
Click here to order $14 reflective Tower SolaReflex Foil Wrap
for your Tower Garden Water Tank
Water stores both hot and cold temperatures really well because of it's high density, so cooler night temperatures are absorbed by the water, and when the sun's heat is prevented from touching the tank surface, water temperatures will stay much cooler longer.
SolaReflex Foil is one of the most reflective materials made and is very strong and weatherproof for years of use. It is available in a custom 12" by 7' size, so it is just the right size to secure it to the water tank in only minutes.
Another method of water temperature regulation is to dig a 10" hole in the ground and place the water tank in it so at least 4" of upper tank is visible. The cooler temperature below the ground keeps the water cooler since only a small amount of sunlight will fall on the tank. Adding SolaReflex Foil stops nearly all solar heat gain to the tank.
Relocate your Tower with ease-
Transporting a Tower Garden to another location, like to a demonstration, when it is loaded with plants has been a challenge for most Tower Gardeners because of extended root systems that can pass through multiple plant sections and because of plants with long stems and those loaded with veggies could break or fall off.
The time-consuming need to carefully extract each plant from the planting ports without damaging the roots or stems, then place in a container with water before completely breaking down the Tower can be eliminated by using the Tower Transporter.
It is a 3-gallon non-toxic, food safe white container with a splash-resistant lid that will hold two connected Tower plant sections loaded with plants. Up to eight plants will fit into the Transporter at a time. Most cars or trucks have enough seat head room (right photo) to fit even well-grown plants. We suggest using smaller plants, if possible, to reduce the chance of damage. Use a second Transporter for additional plant sections
About two gallons of nutrient-rich water should be added to lower the center of gravity and reduce the chance of tipping when being moved in a vehicle. The top four plant sections can be removed from the assembled Tower Garden, then two at a time are slipped down into the Tower Transporter, then connected, they are hand carried to the seat of your car or truck. Seat belts are then wrapped around the container, secured, and help hold it in place while the vehicle is moving, much like a human passenger.
Click to order Tower Transporter Container for up to 8 plants
Without the optional 12 volt water pump to circulate the water, plants should be ok for at least an hour or more without manually watering. For longer trips, or hot days, plant roots can be hand watered every hour using a squirt water bottle, or we will soon be offering a low cost manual water pump.
By adding the electric pump, plants can be transported all day by plugging the pump into the vehicle 12 volt accessory socket. Water is sent through tubing to the top plant section and gently sprayed on to the plant roots to keep them wet. The water pump option will be available in coming weeks. Our solar electric panel can also be used to power the pump on sunny days.
One you arrive at the destination, unload the plants and carefully re-attach your Tower Garden sections on to the full size unit. If you leave the bottom plant section free of plants for a demonstration, it's much easier to show how the water falls through the sections, and it sounds like a waterfall.
When the wall, or grid power fails, the 110 volt pump in your Tower Garden shuts down and will not restart until power returns. Plants require water circulation a minimum of 15 minutes at least once an hour on sunny days to prevent possible wilting or damage, so our Tower Solar Pump Kit can become a reliable daytime backup, even on light overcast days.
At night and on many overcast days, the roots tend to stay moist with no water circulation if it's not too windy or hot. If possible, one or two manual waterings are usually enough to keep them happy. For continous healthy plant growth, the timed on/off pumping cycle is best, but for temporary power outages, especially if you are not at home when the power fails, our Tower Solar Pumping Kit can prevent plant damage and offer you peace of mind.
Our Solar Pump Kit design is simple, cost effective, and requires no battery or inverter--only direct sunlight--to keep a low power DC pump on when it is sunny. It operates independent of the standard AC pump, has no battery or inverter, and both can run at the same time with no harm to the plants. If the standard pump is operating normally with the timer, the solar pump would usually remain off until it is needed as a backup.
There are a number of challenges to go completely off the grid when using only a solar powered pump for Tower Garden. While it's designed as a temporary backup or for remote location off-grid use, it might not work for everyone.
-First, when the sun is gone, so is the power for the pump, so nights and very overcast days will not be pumping times unless you are using an alternative power source like a generator or battery.
-Using a battery as a backup for solar at night or on cloudy days means you would need to increase the size of the PV electric panels by at least three times or more because you would need to power the pump and charge the battery at the same time--even on cloudy days. On multiple overcast days, without much larger PV panels and batteries, the battery charge would be completely discharged in only a few days.
Using the standard Tower Garden pump requires an inverter to convert the power from AC wall power to DC (battery or solar power), and that uses more energy and a waterproof enclosure if running from battery power. The inverter and a timer will continuously slowly drain the battery at night or on overcast days when the sun power is low.
Installing the 12 volt DC pump and tubing takes only minutes, and positioning the Solar PV panel towards the south is easy. A 12 volt car power adaptor is also included to connect to car power on the go, or as a backup. We expect the Tower Solar Pump Kit to be available to purchase in coming months and cost less than $200. For questions, please contact San Diego Tower Garden distributor Deris Jeannette at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619/990-7977.
More new Tower Garden add-ons are being developed and we encourage ideas for other products that can make yours even better.
To order your own Tower Garden, please click here, and to answer questions regarding Tower Garden distributor information or for more details on current availability of any of the products above, please contact San Diego Tower Garden distributor Deris Jeannette at: email@example.com or call 619/990-7977.
For Juice Plus+ products and distributor information call Sky Jeannette at 858/677-0707, or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the next best thing to fruits and veggies at her Juice Plus+ home page click here: Sky4health.com.
To learn more about our many other unique solar thermal products available from ClearDome Solar Thermal click on these product links:
SolaReflex and Snow White CoolTarps=cool roofs/walls· Heating drapes/Thermal barrier fabric · BISFA (solar forced air) heating panels
SolaReflex AA Octagon Parabolic solar cooker · SolarReflex 97% diffused reflector foil · SolaReflex Mirror Film and SolaReflex AA 95% mirror reflector and daylighting panels · Stovetop and Solar Still Water Purifier/Pasteurizer · New 3rd Gen. Spa/pool Water Heating Film · Lightweight Wood Pellet Biofuel cooker
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