FAQ's

Here are the Q & A's that we get asked most often:

I kill plants, it's not for me

“Great!” Not a problem. Our technology is your Green Thumb. Ever heard of a garden controlled by a computer? Well, now you have! That’s how VeggieWall works! If you don't have the time, space, or know-how but want to grow and eat the freshest food, then the VeggieWall is for you! Even if you go away on vacation or business, your food keeps growing.

What plants can I grow?

Almost anything! Keep in mind the varieties of seeds we provide are smaller plants so you don't end up with a 6' monster tomato plant, for example.

Here are some examples of what you can grow in a VeggieWall:

  • cherry & heirloom tomatoes
  • heirloom and pickling cucumbers
  • leafy greens (lettuce mixes, kale, spinach, arugula, swiss chard, mustards, choys, to name a few)
  • herbs (such as varieties of basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, dill, cilantro, parsley, mint, lavender, etc.),
  • many varieties of sweet & hot peppers
  • strawberries
  • peas, beans, small zucchinis and squashes.                                                                                                                                         

The VeggieWall does not grow root veggies such as: carrots, beets, onions, garlic, turnips, etc.

What health benefits do I receive from eating food from a VeggieWall?

The fresher your food the more essential nutrients, enzymes, and vitamins it contains for a healthy body and mind. For example, leafy greens loose 50-90% of their vitamin C within 24-48 hours after being picked. With the VeggieWall, pick the food as you need it and maintain 100% of its nutrients. 

We use only organic and heirloom seeds because we want you to feed your body the best possible food! Here are a couple links we thought you may find interesting:

Watch this videos to get a better understanding of how important it is to eat organic food: https://youtu.be/oB6fUqmyKC8

Think your food is organic? Think again! Many “organic” labelled produce still use pesticides: http://livingtraditionally.com/a-dirty-little-secret-your-organic-strawberries-arent-really-organic/

I have never heard of hydroponics before, is it new? What are the benefits?

No, in fact it is quite old! The 1st hydroponic plants were grow in 1627! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydroponics). NASA put hydroponics to the forefront with their R&D. It is a widely used by commercial growers/greenhouses. 

What is it? Essentially the nutrients the plants would absorb from soil is added to water, so no soil is required. Our breakthrough vertical cascade technology supplies the plants with an organic nutrient water and plants grow in recycled glass.

Benefits include:

  • Growth rates are typically 2-3 weeks faster with hydroponics because the plants do not need to put time into developing complex roots systems to seek out nutrients like they do in soil.
  • Saving water. The VeggieWall recirculates water, using 2/3 less water than an outdoor garden.
  • 365 Days of indoor growing goodness. Your home, office, school, is already heated and the perfect temperature for growing food year-round. The VeggieWall's LED grow lights provide the full spectrum of the sun.
  • Recycled glass instead or soil = no mess! 

Is there humidity?       

In short, no. It is not a greenhouse, it is no different than having other house plants. Ya, ok, but waaaay cooler! Our design allows your wall to breath. The material is ABS plastic, safe for growing food, and waterproof.

How much will my VeggieWall produce/feed me?

It depends. Do you want to feed your household or just have a few fresh ingredients? Will you focus on a few favourite plants, or organics that are expensive at the grocery store, or go to waste before you use them up? The larger your VeggieWall the more you can grow. Many herbs tend to allow for continuous harvesting, where fruiting plants have a cycle: they take 7-9 weeks to produce fruit, then they need to be replaced. Leafy greens are in the middle, many growing and ready for harvest within 4-5 weeks.    

Here’s what we recommend: the great thing about VeggieWall is, it is modular! Start with 1 to 2 units to learn about growing, what you like, and expand as needed!

How much money will I save?

Well that depends on how big your VeggieWall is. For example, if you buy an organic Lettuce mix ($4.99), organic Cherry Tomatoes ($5.99), organic Kale ($2.79), and Basil ($3.99) per week for 52 weeks = $871.52. If you focus on growing these 4 plants in your VeggieWall you would save approximately $321.54/year on your grocery bill. The following year you would get almost 100% return on your investment, saving about $871/year! 

In short – the more you grow, the more you save! 

How does growing my own food help the environment?

“Food is a key driver of climate change. How our food gets produced and how it ends up on our tables accounts for around half of all human-generated greenhouse gas emissions. Chemical fertilizers, heavy machinery and other petroleum-dependent farm technologies contribute significantly. The impact of the food industry as a whole is even greater: destroying forests and savannas to produce animal feed and generating climate-damaging waste through excess packaging, processing, refrigeration and the transport of food over long distances….” (https://www.grain.org/article/entries/4357-food-and-climate-change-the-forgotten-link).

So what’s our answer: Growing your own food is huge! Eating local is huge! That’s why we are so excited to share Green Thumb Technology with the world! We CAN and ARE making a difference!

Green Thumb Technology Uses 2/3rd less water than traditional agriculture. BC has experienced climate change 1st hand throughout the 2015 summer with drought & unprecedented forest fires in a temperate rainforest. California's drought: https://video-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hvideo-xpf1/v/t42.1790-2/11374944_1078957048781939_236418535_n.mp4?efg=eyJybHIiOjM2MSwicmxhIjo1MTJ9&rl=361&vabr=201&oh=9761ed1ad48ff20798fec7655f55329a&oe=55B46E73 

How often do I add fresh water

For optimal growing you should add new water once a week. Water remaining in the tank will no longer have a pH beneficial to Veggie-Wall growth, but you can use it to water your house or outdoor plants.

Does the water become stagnant or have an odor?

The nutrients is odorless. The plants themselves retain very little water, because they grow in recycled glass instead of soil. The water in the reservoir is recirculating, and oxygenated, so it does not become stagnant.

How long will a VeggieWall last?

Probably longer than you and I. The ABS plastic will last a lifetime if it is not exposed to direct sunlight. We believe in making quality products, we will not be a part of the disposable economy. Pass your Veggie-Wall down to your grandchildren! The LED lights have a 2 year manufacturers warranty, but life expectancy of LED's is 7-10 years and are affordable and replaceable.

How much electricity does it require/my hydro bill?

According to BC Hydro rates of $0.0787/hour:

  • a 6 Pod Veggie-Wall: 0.486 kWh per day = $0.02 cents/day to run your Veggie-Wall or $7.30/year
  • Compared to your laptop: $105/year, or lightbulbs: $131/year. (Stats from BC Hydro: https://www.bchydro.com/news/conservation/2012/kilowatt-hour-explained.html)
  • Go Greener: Attach your Veggie-Wall to a Lithium Battery & Solar panel!

What is the Veggie-Wall made of and is it safe?

It is handmade in Vancouver BC, it is made of ABS, and yes it is safe!

Where is it made?

Vancouver, BC and assembled and designed in Squamish, BC 

Will there be other sizes?

Yes in the future you will be able to select from a series of larger reservoirs. We will up-cycle your small reservoir if you don't need it (donate it and a VeggieWall to go with it to a family in need). With a larger reservoir and our larger power system (computer), you can make the VeggieWall as big as you like! 

 

Have other questions?

Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions. We would love to hear from you! Email: greenthumbtech@shaw.ca or our Contact Us link.