WHAT IS A FARM WALL?
The ZipGrow Farm Wall™ is a soil-less growing system that makes it possible to grow a garden anywhere – even on the side of a wall!
This water-smart and space-conscious wall garden not only helps home gardeners, restaurants, and schools, grow their own fresh greens and herbs.
Your ability to grow your own food shouldn’t be limited by space constraints or poor soils. That’s why we created the Farm Wall™.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Farm Wall™ leverages a proven hydroponic (i.e. growing without soil) technique to supply plants with a formulated nutrient solution added directly to the water.
Water and nutrients are continually circulated through the system, and are absorbed by the plants through their roots.
This way of growing uses significantly less water and doesn’t require any weeding to grow beautiful, flavorful plants.
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Setting up the Farm Wall
Putting together the Farm Wall typically takes two hours or less. You can do this yourself, though having another pair of hands will probably make it go by faster. Watch the video here for more info.
Finding a place for your Farm Wall
Farm Walls are a unique form of garden since they can be built in spaces that aren’t typically used for gardening! Growing things vertically means that you have to think more carefully about wind and light. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere you’ll probably want to put the Farm Wall on a south-facing wall. If you’re in a very sunny and hot place, then consider a shade cloth to protect your crops from burning in the sun.
Maintaining the Farm Wall
Without a top-off tank, you’ll want to check on your Farm Wall once a day. With a top-off tank, you can leave your Farm Wall for two days or more, depending on how many tanks you have and where you are located. When you check on the Farm Wall, look for pests and check the water level in the gutter to make sure that there is enough.
How much time does a Farm Wall require?
The greatest investment of time and labor is in the building phase as you’re getting the Farm Wall built and put up. After that check-ups usually only take a few minutes.
Troubleshooting the Farm Wall
Potential issues with the Farm Wall are:
1) Clogged lines. Sometimes debris or salt build-up can cause a clog in the irrigation line. Clogs are usually easy to dislodge with a simple flick, but if they remain unnoticed for a long time, your plants could wilt.
2) Stem rot. Correct placement of the wicking strip is essential for keeping roots moist and avoiding leaks out of the front of your towers. If the wicking strip is too far forward, water may be redirected to flow over the stem of the plant. This can cause rotting, but is fixed by moving the wicking strip backwards towards the back of the tower housing.
3) Pests. Pests like aphids or even plant disease like powdery mildew always seem to find their way into your garden. Don’t worry, this is part of gardening! There are several easy control options available to you. You can use gentle pesticides such as Safer Endall or Serenade for many pests. (Check out this post for more information.)