7 Blog Posts That Will Make You a More Successful Gardener in 2017

Have you been reflecting upon 2016 in anticipation of the New Year?

We have.

Specifically, we’ve been reviewing the various blog posts and growing resources that we created for you over the past several months.

And in the process, we’ve compiled a little list of resources that could help you be a more successful gardener next year.

So whether you’re a new Tower Gardener or a seasoned grower, we hope you’ll use the following seven blog posts to plan, maintain, and enjoy your Tower Garden throughout 2017.

How to Get a Head Start on the New Growing Season

Considering we’re just now entering winter, you may think it a bit hasty to begin preparing for spring.

But the earlier you start your plants, the sooner you’ll harvest from them.

In this post, you’ll learn when to start seeds indoors (it’s probably sooner than you think), what equipment to use, and how to transplant your seedlings once they’re ready.

Get a head start on spring »

15 Easy Plants New Gardeners Should Grow

If you’re new Tower Garden (or gardening in general), getting started may feel a bit daunting.

There are many important decisions to make, such as, you know, what to grow.

Need help picking the right plants? This guide features 15 crops that flourish with little attention. (Perfect for the not-so-green thumbs among us!)

Meet 15 beginner-friendly plants »

12 Common Tower Garden Problems (and How to Avoid Them)

Helping you have the best growing experience possible is our primary goal. And though Tower Garden makes growing your food a lot easier, sometimes, “helping you succeed” simply means, “helping you not fail.”

That’s why earlier this year we outlined 12 problems Tower Gardeners commonly face and — more importantly — how to fix them.

Take some time to review this list now to prevent possible confusion and frustration in the future.

Explore the troubleshooting tips »

How to Grow a Stellar Garden, Even In the Shade

For healthy growth and hearty yields, most food crops need six or more hours of direct sunlight daily.

But many backyards and patios don’t meet that requirement.

Luckily, there are a handful of vegetables and herbs that will grow in the shade — tolerating as little as three hours of sun exposure without much fuss.

See 30 super shade-tolerant crops »

Late Start to the Growing Season? Catch Up with These Quick Crops!

One of the hardest parts of gardening is waiting. Waiting for seeds to sprout. Waiting for plants to grow. Waiting for fruit to ripen.

If you want to speed things up — whether you’re trying to make up for a late start or simply want faster results — try growing these 10 plants.

Some can be ready to harvest just 20 days after planting!

View the list of quick crops »

Aphids on Indoor Plants: How to Control Garden Pests Inside

Compared to outdoor gardening, you’re unlikely to encounter pests when growing indoors. But infestations are possible.

In this post, you’ll discover how to prevent and control one particularly pesky pest: the aphid — a sap-sucking insect that can weaken (and even kill) your plants.

Remember, the best offense is a good defense!

Protect your indoor garden from pests »

Growing Tomatoes Indoors (Is It Worth It?)

Ever since we launched our Grow Lights Kit, Tower Gardeners have asked whether it’s possible to grow fruiting crops — such as tomatoes and peppers — indoors.

The answer is, “yes, but it’s difficult.”

If you’re up for the challenge, this guide suggests a few key steps that will improve your chance of success.

Grow productive fruiting crops indoors »

Happy Growing in 2017!

We hope this list of resources helps you grow your most successful garden yet.

Are there any other gardening posts — either on the Tower Garden blog or elsewhere — you read this year that you would recommend?

Or are there any topics you would like us to tackle in 2017?

Leave a comment below so that we can all grow a little bit better together next year!

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