How to Get Growing Now (the Fast, Easy Way)

It’s a new year — want get a jump on the new growing season? The easiest and fastest way to start your garden is to buy seedlings.

And in this post, you’ll learn about 13 quality sources for Tower Garden seedlings.

Note: For the most up-to-date list of seedling suppliers, visit Tower Talk » 

Benefits of Buying Seedlings

Why start with seedlings?

There are definitely advantages to starting your garden from seed (outlined in detail here), including a reduced risk of pests and lower cost per plant.

But growing from seed can be challenging, especially if you’re new to gardening.

Buying seedlings, however, provides an easy way to get growing immediately. You don’t have to fiddle with getting seeds to germinate or worry about those fragile sprouts surviving the first few days.

With seedlings, you essentially just plug and play — or, eh, grow — which can also be handy if you’re getting a late start to the growing season.

Where to Find Tower Garden Seedlings

You can get seedlings from many places, such as local plant nurseries, garden centers, seed swaps, and perhaps even your gardener friends.

But odds are, seedlings from these sources will be grown in soil. And since Tower Garden doesn’t use soil, you’ll need to wash off the seedlings’ roots before transplanting.

There’s a better way: Buy from a Tower Farm.

Tower Farms grow seedlings in rockwool, specifically for Tower Garden’s unique aeroponic system. In other words, all you have to do is plant them in your Tower Garden, and you’ll be set.

Pretty simple!

You can find a seedling provider near you using this map or the list below.

All of the following farms offer on-site seedling pickup. And most will also ship seedlings to you. (It is National Mail Order Gardening Month, after all.)

Note: If you want a printable version of this information, you can find a PDF here.

Living Towers

One of the first Tower Farms to be established, Living Towers uses rainwater and solar energy to grow more than 5,000 plants per week in a 4,400 sq. ft. greenhouse.

And since the farm is powered by Tower Garden, it’s using only a fraction of the water and land a conventional farm would use. Talk about eco-friendly!

Location: Eustis, Florida
Shipping: Yes
Pricing: $1.00–$2.35 per seedling
Plants available: Fruits, vegetables, herbs

Browse the inventory at Living Towers »

Montecito Urban Farms

In addition to supplying several Santa Barbara, California, restaurants with fresh, living ingredients, Montecito Urban Farms grows non-GMO seedlings for Tower Gardeners.

And the farm ships them for free!

Location: Summerland, California
Shipping: Yes (for orders of 12 or more seedlings)
Pricing: $2.50 per seedling
Plants available: Fruits, vegetables, herbs

Browse the inventory at Montecito Urban Farms »

True Garden

In a gargantuan, solar-powered greenhouse, True Garden grows fresh produce — and seedlings, of course — year-round.

And that’s pretty impressive in a place as dry and hot as Mesa, Arizona. (Temperatures reach 120˚F during peak months.)

Location: Mesa, Arizona
Shipping: Yes
Pricing: $2.00 per seedling
Plants available: Fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers

Browse the inventory at True Garden »

ATL Urban Farms

Bret Bowlin — who figured out how quickly Tower Garden pays for itself — started ATL Urban Farms in 2013. Besides the non-GMO seedlings, the farm also offers regular Tower Garden workshops.

Location: Cummings, Georgia
Shipping: Yes
Pricing: $1.50–$2.50 per seedling
Plants available: Vegetables, herbs

Browse the inventory at ATL Urban Farms »

WNC Urban Farms

In addition to selling seedlings, WNC Urban Farms offers its Tower Farm yields to farmer’s market shoppers, community-supported agriculture (CSA) customers, and local restaurants.

Location: Waynesville, North Carolina
Shipping: Yes
Pricing: $1.50–$2.50 per seedling
Plants available: Fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers

Browse the inventory at WNC Urban Farms »

Oak Creek Farm and Homestead

On five acres in California wine country, Oak Creek Farm and Homestead grows a lot more than seedlings. (Hello, chickens, pigs, and sheep!)

The farm aims to provide “new, interesting, and rare” seedlings, all of which are heirloom, organic, and non-GMO. Oak Creek Farm and Homestead also offers seedlings grown indoors — which is really helpful if you’re growing inside and don’t want to risk introducing pests.

Location: Temecula, California
Shipping: Yes
Pricing: $1.50–$3.00 per seedling
Plants available: Fruits, vegetables, herbs

Browse the inventory at Oak Creek Farm and Homestead »

SBTG Seedlings

Another Tower Farm in California — I’m beginning to sense a trend here! In addition to seedlings, SBTG Seedlings offers Tower Garden setup, service, and workshops.

Location: Los Olivos, California
Shipping: Yes (for orders of 12 or more seedlings)
Pricing: $1.50–$2.50 per seedling
Plants available: Vegetables, herbs, flowers

Browse the inventory at SBTG Seedlings »

LA Urban Farms

If you spot Tower Gardens in public places around Los Angeles, there’s a good chance they’re managed by LA Urban Farms — where more than 16,000 organic, non-GMO seedlings are grown every month.

Location: Los Angeles, California
Shipping: Yes (for orders of 12 or more seedlings)
Pricing: $1.50–$2.50 per seedling
Plants available: Fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers

Browse the inventory at LA Urban Farms »

G2 Urban Farms, LLC

The first (and currently only) certified Tower Garden seedling distributor in South Carolina, G2 Urban Farms grows a wide variety of crops in a 3,000 sq. ft. solar-powered greenhouse.

Location: Johnsonville, South Carolina
Shipping: Yes (for orders of more than 10 seedlings)
Pricing: $1.50–$2.50 per seedling
Plants available: Fruits, vegetables, herbs

Browse the inventory at G2 Urban Farms »

Chapala Gardens

Just steps away from the Pacific Ocean, Chapala Gardens grows seedlings on the rooftop of a 100 year-old house. And if you want more than seedlings, the farm also offers a CSA program and Tower Garden maintenance services.

Location: Santa Barbara, California
Shipping: No
Pricing: $1.00 per seedling, plus a $5.00 fee per appointment
Plants available: Vegetables, herbs

Schedule an appointment at Chapala Gardens »

SoCal Urban Farms

A real estate broker and a sports medicine physician double as farmers at SoCal Urban Farms — a provider of non-GMO, pesticide-free seedlings for Tower Gardeners.

Location: San Diego, California
Shipping: Yes
Pricing: Call for information
Plants available: Fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers

Contact SoCal Urban Farms »

Space Coast Gardens

On the east coast of Florida — just outside of Orlando — Space Coast Gardens offers organic, non-GMO, pesticide-free seedlings (as well as Tower Garden workshops).

Location: Merritt Island, Florida
Shipping: No
Pricing: Call for information
Plants available: Fruits, vegetables, herbs

Contact Grove St. Living Towers »

Tennessee Urban Farm

Growing fresh food year-round, Tennessee Urban Farm is located on the Tennessee-Kentucky border, just north of Nashville.

Locals can schedule seedling pickups or request deliveries.

Location: Springfield, Tennessee
Shipping: No
Pricing: $1.50–$2.50 per seedling
Plants available: Fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers

Browse the inventory at Tennessee Urban Farm »

Got Your Seedlings? Get Growing!

If you’ve opted to have seedlings shipped to you, they may arrive looking a little tired from the journey.

Just pop them into your Tower Garden, and they should perk up. (If they don’t, be sure to contact the farm you ordered from — many have reasonable refund policies.)

Have you ever ordered seedlings from a Tower Farm? Or do you get your seedlings a different way? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.

Otherwise, happy growing in 2017!

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