Tower Tip: Initial Setup

Tower Tip: Tackling the Initial Setup

How to Set Up a New Garden Tower® 2 System

Congratulations! You have just purchased your first Garden Tower® 2 vertical planting system. Get ready to grow beautiful, luscious vegetables and flowers in it. But before you can do any composting or planting, you will need to set it up.

Luckily for you, resident Garden Tower® 2 system expert and master gardener Kristi Armes is here to help out. Read on for a video demonstration as well as useful tips for setting up your Garden Tower® 2 planting system.

Video Demonstration For the Initial Setup

In this video, Kristi demonstrates how to plant the tower, as well as how to populate the compost tube with worms and “browns” for the worms to eat.

Tips for Setting Up the Garden Tower® 2 System

When in doubt, always refer back to these tips when setting up your Garden Tower® 2 system. You will soon find that they are lifesavers when it comes to general advice and troubleshooting the system.

  • Flip the base upside down
  • Insert feet into the holes all the way to the lip
  • Turn it right-side up
  • Insert semicircle, “fully rounded” side of the drawer
  • Insert the compost screen in the slot above the drawer
  • Use a level to make sure the tower isn’t leaning
  • Line up posts in a preformatted compost tube segment with the notch
  • Press down on the tube segment
  • Add another tube segment, lining up the ridge with the notch on the section below
  • Place cap on top to the tube to prevent soil from entering
  • Fill the first section with a light and fluffy organic potting mix made for containers
  • Add plant food
  • Water two to three gallons, stopping when you hear water trickling into the drawer
  • Continue to add sections, soil, and plant food until the tower is complete
  • Place cap on top of compost tube


Gardening is one of the most enjoyable hobbies you can take on. The Garden Tower® 2 planting system makes it even easier for you to start now. For more advice on gardening and working with your Garden Tower® 2 system, visit the Garden Tower Project today.

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