Aloha Vertical Victory Garden

Aloha Vertical Victory Garden
Aloha
Vertical
Victory
Garden™
User Guide
Thank you for choosing our Aloha Vertical Victory Garden. Edible gardening is
fun, healthy, it tastes great and it’s very satisfying. We are pleased that you can
now experience this, too. Our garden was designed with you in mind. It is easy to
set up and use. Tools are not needed. Set up should take about 30 – 45 minutes.
Please read this entire User Guide before beginning.
It will make the set-up process easy and enjoyable.
Happy gardening!
Alan Smith
AlanSmith@AlohaUrbanFarming.com
www.AlohaUrbanFarming.com
844.235.8851
U.S. Patent
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Table of Contents
Unpacking the Aloha Vertical Victory Garden……………………………………………………1
Setting up the Aloha Vertical Victory Garden… ………………………………………………..2
Disassembling the Aloha Vertical Victory Garden……………………………………………..6
Nutrient solution for the Aloha Vertical Victory Garden……………………………………7
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Unpacking the Vertical Victory Garden
Unpack and Lay Out Parts
A. Coir
B. Reservoir
C. Lid
D. 4-Pod pots (6)
E. Pump assembly (see pg. 2, Step 6) F. Washer
H. Sleeves
I. Emitter
K. Outdoor timer
G. Saucer
J. Pipes A (short) and B (long)
L. Nutrients M. pH Test strips
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Setting Up the Vertical Victory Garden
Let’s Get Started!
Step 1
Unwrap coir block and place in the
reservoir. Add three gallons water.
Step 2
Coir block has expanded and is
ready to use (about 15 minutes).
Step 5
Put the remaining coir in a plastic
bag or bucket. Rinse out reservoir
and wipe dry. Put lid on reservoir.
Step 6
The finished pump assembly will look
like this.
Step 3
Place sleeve in center of pot.
The parts required for the pump
assembly are the following:
Step 4
Fill the pot with coir. Keep the inside
of the sleeve free of coir. Repeat
steps 3 and 4 and fill all 6 pots.
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Setting Up the Vertical Victory Garden
Step 6A
Open pump box, remove pump and
pump adaptor bag.
Step 6E
Use the ½” hose to connect the
pump to the riser pipe. Push the
end of the hose over the adaptors
as shown below.
Step 6B
Open bag and remove ½” adaptor.
This is the only part you will need
from the pump adaptor bag.
Step 6C
Insert ½” adaptor into pump and
hand tighten. It should be snug.
Your pump assembly is good to go.
Step 6D
Hand tighten adaptor elbow into riser
pipe tee. It is important to have the
adaptor pointing down and off to
the side.
Step 6F
To complete the irrigation assembly
system:
Gently press pipe A into pump
assembly.
Slide washer over pipe A, let rest
on the tee.
Slide saucer over pipe A, let it rest
on washer.
Tee
Adaptor
Note: Pipe A is the shorter pipe.
Congratulations! You have built the
irrigation assembly system.
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Setting Up the Vertical Victory Garden
Step 7
Unwrap pump cord. Insert irrigation
assembly system into reservoir
through the large opening in the lid.
Step 8
Pull power cord through
inspection opening.
Step 9
Insert irrigation assembly system
saucer into center opening in lid.
Push excess cord into reservoir,
leaving the plug exposed. Close the
inspection door lid.
Step 10
Slide pot #1 filled with coir over
pipe A until it sits firmly on the
saucer.
Step 11
Slide pot #2 filed with coir over
pipe A until it sits firmly on pot #1.
Step 12
Slide pot #3 filled with coir over
pipe A until it sits firmly on pot #2.
You are now ready to assemble
the Vertical Victory Garden.
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Setting Up the Vertical Victory Garden
Step 13
Gently insert pipe B coupling into
pipe A.
Note: Pipe B is the longer pipe.
Pipe B coupling
Step 14
Add pots 4, 5 and 6, installing pots
just like before.
Step 16
Open inspection cover. Pull pump
cord out leaving slack in reservoir.
Fill one-half with water. Test watering
system by pluging pump into a
GFCI-protected electrical outlet.
Note: At this time, you might want to
relocate your Vertical Victory Garden.
If so, follow Disassembly Instructions
on page 6.
Add nutrient solution. See Nutrient
Solution instructions on page 7. Fill
the reservoir with water to about two
inches from the top.
Step 17
Plug in timer. Set watering times at
6:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
initially. Adjust the length of time and
time of day for each watering cycle as
needed. Your watering schedule will
vary with the temperature.
Now you are ready to plant your
Aloha Vertical Victory Garden!
Step 15
Insert emitter into top of pipe B,
gently pushing down.
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Disassembling the Vertical Victory Garden
Step 1
With two hands, hold on to the top
pot. Lift the top planter off with a
little force. The emitter will become
disconnected and come off with the
top pot.
Step 3
Lift off the bottom two pots.
Step 4
Remove lid and saucer.
Step 2
With both hands on the third pot,
use a little force to lift off the next
three pots.
Step 5
Empty water located in the reservoir.
Move vertical planter to desired
location and reassemble.
Riser pipe B will be disconnected and
come off with the three pots.
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Nutrient Solution for the Vertical Victory Garden
6 is acidic, 7 is neutral and 8 to 14
is alkaline. The ideal range pH range
for most hydroponic crops is 5.5 – 6.5
which allows plants to properly
absorb and process nutrients most
efficiently. If water is too alkaline
and you want to lower the pH, add
a small amount of vinegar. If water
is too acidic, you can raise the
pH by adding a small amount of
baking soda.
Nutrients: Feed Your
Plants So They Can
Feed You
All plants need to be regularly
provided with nutrients to survive.
Although the supply of nutrients in
soil can fluctuate significantly, with
hydroponics, you are in charge and
can make nutrients available to
plants in a far more precise manner.
Preparing the Nutrients
Hydrogen, carbon and oxygen are all
absorbed by plants from the water
and air. Mineral salts are typically
purified so they are water soluble and
can be absorbed by plants. Nutrient
salts containers list the percentages
of each of three key elements
included, for example: NPK 5-50-17 is
5% N (nitrogen), 50% P (phosphorus)
and 17% K (potassium).
pH and Why It
Matters
A pH meter
or tester
measures the
acidity and
alkalinity of a
liquid or other
substance on a
scale with a
range of 0 to
14, where 0 to
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Step 1
Here is where you use the Grow
More water-soluble concentrate,
Hawaiian Bud & Bloom 5-50-17,
included with your Vertical
Victory Garden.
Note: Always unplug the pump
before working with water.
Fill the reservoir with water. Capacity
is 17 gallons when filled 2” from
the top.
First filling: Add 9 level
tablespoons.
For each subsequent filling: Add
1 level tablespoon per 3 gallons of
water. Check the nutrient solution
level once a week and add water
and nutrients as needed. You
may want to refill the reservoir
when it is about one-third full.
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Nutrient Solution for the Vertical Victory Garden
Step 2
Here is where you use the pH test
strips included with your Vertical
Victory Garden. After adding the
nutrients, dip one of the strips into
the reservoir to check the pH level of
the solution. As previously, a pH
range of 5.5 – 6.5 is preferred for
most crops. We have found 5.9 – 6.2
works the best. Using Bud & Bloom
nutrients will typically bring the pH
close to 6.0.
Happy Gardening!
Alan Smith
AlanSmith@alohaurbanframing.com
www.alohaurbanfarming.com
844.235.8851
U.S. Patent
©2015 Aloha Urban Farming Company.
All rights reserved.
However, if you need to lower the
pH, add 1 ounce of vinegar at a time.
Mix the nutrient solution in the
reservoir and check the pH again.
Repeat this step as needed. To raise
the pH, add ¼ teaspoon of baking
soda at a time. Mix the nutrient
solution in the reservoir and check
the pH again. Repeat this step as
needed.
(http://rgjhydroponics.weebly.com/t
he-importants-of-ph.html)
Step 3
Plug in timer. Set watering times for
15 minutes each at 6:00 a.m., 11:00
a.m. and 5:00 p.m. initially. Adjust
the length of time and time of day for
each watering cycle as needed. Your
watering schedule will vary with the
temperature and type of plants.
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