Assembling your Phytopod

 

 

Assemblying your Phytopod should take less than 20 minutes. 

 

 

Note: Just as plants in a square garden your vertical Phytopod will need love, care, sun and lots of water. We recommend watering your Phytopod at least every other day and rotating the Phytopod so that each plant receives as much sun as needed.  We suggest that you also test the moisture level for each plant by simply placing your finger around the dirt area of the plant.  If the area around the plant is dry you should add additional water to that layer.  A daily spray of water mist directly on the plant may help as well.  Don't forget to also water the Phytopod through each Tube.  Early mornings or late evening are best.  Enjoy your Phytopod, have fun and experience your personal vertical garden!!

 

 1). Unroll wire mesh so that the long ends of the mesh face one another.  Connect both sides of the mesh by tying the clear cable tie at the top and to every other grid, roughly two inches apart.  Using scissors to cut off end of cable tie if desired. 


2). Stand wire mesh on end. 

 

 

3). Place bag in wire mesh ensuring that bottom of bag is even and touching the ground.  Pull top of bag to fit around the top edges of the mesh, folding the extra fabric around the outside of the mesh.  Allow the bag to hang loosely as shown below. 

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4).  Place mesh on rollerbase or carousel if you are using one. A 21-24 inch rollerbase  is recommended for easy mobility and movement of your phytopod once filled with dirt. 


 


 

 5). Fold the bag over the top of the wire mesh.

 

 

6.) Place plastic separator inside bag so that it lies on the bottom on the bag. 


 

7.) As shown below, pour 2 cubic feet of potting mix on top of the separator.  Press and shake dirt to even it.  Soak the potting mix with water. 

 

 

8). Place 2nd round plastic separator on top of dirt as shown below ensuring that separator lies flat.



9). Place Tube A, the longest tube of approximately 2 feet, on top of plastic separator ensuring that the plastic at the bottom of the tube sits on top of the round plastic separator.   The plastic at the center of Tube A will not be used until step 10 below.  Tube A will be used for watering the lower part of the phytopod. 

 

  

 

 

10). While holding Tube A in place and the plastic located in the center of the Tube, pour another 2 cubic feet of dirt around Tube A.  Make sure that dirt does not enter through tube opening.  Moisten dirt with water. 

 


 

11). Through round opening in the center place the third round plastic separator around Tube A.  Push the separator until it sits on top of the 2nd mound of dirt. 


 

12). Place the wider (shorter) Tube B around Tube A.  Tube B will be used to water the mid-section of the phytopod. 

 

13). Place remaining dirt around Tube B.  Moisten dirt with water.  


YOUR PHYTOPOD IS NOW READY FOR PLANTING!


1). Begin placing plants as suggested by grid below or/and as instructed for each individual plant.  We recommend placing your plants that will require the most height to grow, such as peas and tomatoes at the top of the phytopod.  As the plants grow you can attach a trellis or bamboo stakes to hold the branches. 

 

2).  For your plants that will grow around the sides of the phytopod.  Using a trowel and/or scissors make a one inch hole in a section of the bag and remove enough dirt to plant up to the end of the plant and its roots.  You will have to push the roots through the hole and if necessary refill the hole with the removed dirt to stabilize the plant.  Repeat for as many plants as you plan to grow.  Using the recommended space between each.

 

 

 

 


 3).  Each plant will get stronger as it grows. 

 

 

A 0ne month phytopod - 

 

The same phytopod, two months - 


The same phytopod at four months with swiss chard, peas, butter lettuce, cilantro and spinach all ready to eat.  Kale and brussels sprouts are still growing.   Strawberries were added later.