The Aerogardens, I Love Mine!

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  1. Yvonne Smith

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    A while back, I posted about the Aerogarden that my daughter gave me. Then, I found one of the smallest ones, the Aerogarden Sprout, on sale on Amazon and ordered one of those, and started the little herb garden that came along with it.
    Then I ordered a seed starter top that sprouts up to 15 plants at once; but is designed for you to transplant them as they get larger.
    The regular Aerogarden is made to completely garden indoors if you want, and the top with the lights can be raised as the plants get taller and taller.
    Now, I have some tomatoes and some sweet red peppers planted in the seed sprouter, and put the herbs in the regular Aerogarden to grow a bit more before I transplant them into regular containers, or plant them outside.
    I also have one of those regular starter trays that hold the little peat-moss disks and I started some of the greens that can be put outside right away in those.
    I have spinach and chard in there, and also some morning glories that I can set out once the weather warms up a bit more.
    We are supposed to be in the 70's all next week; so I am hoping to get in more time working outside in the garden and yard before we get into the hot summer days.

    Here is the Aerogarden Sprout with its starter trays and little dome lid.
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    I already have little seed sprouts coming up, both in the Aerogarden and in the little pellet disks as well. I can tell the beets with their little red stems.
    The weather is so nice here right now, in the low 70's through tomorrow, and then rain and T-storms come in on Friday.
    I have been setting the little tomato plants out in the sunshine every day, and tonight is only supposed to get down to 60, so I am going to leave them overnight, and then bring them back in when the storms come later this week.
    Hopefully, it won't be much longer and they can be planted outside and left here for the summer.
     
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    I hope we don't get another frost. Our cucumbers were getting so big and the forecast is for lows no lower than 50 so I planted 4 cucumbers in the garden. Cabbage and such can take a frost but not cukes. I'm not taking chances with hot weather plants yet, though the peppers I put in pots are doing great in the greenhouse.
     
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    All spring long, I have been utilizing both Aerogardens for sarting plants in, and then transplanting them outside as they got large enough to move into either the ground or a container.
    Now that summer is almost here, I decided to start some lettuce in the Bounty Aerogarden, which is the large one that has nine spaces for plants in it, and they have been growing for about three weeks now, and are getting large enough that we can start using them for salads and sandwiches.
    The information said that we should be able to harvest lettuce for the next 5-6 months, so we will have greens all summer, even if it gets too hot for them to grow outside.
    I would like to add one more aerogarden if I find them on a really good sale, and then we can grow fresh greens all winter long in the house.

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    I put some cabbage seeds in the aerogarden Friday and most of them had sprouted yesterday morning. I hope to make some kraut again this year.
     
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    If i had the income, i would buy one in a New York minute. They look great.
     
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    We would never have got one if we had to pay for it. My wife got one through her garden club to test. We didn't really like if much for growing things and it sat in the box for years. When Yvonne started posing about starting seeds I decided to give it a try. It is great for starting seeds.
     
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    I have always heard of an Aerogarden but I didn't know anything about them. I always have problems starting things from seeds, so I would probably like this. It is just one of the things that you can get the vegetable growth you need with the minimum of effort. I will probably end up planting some leaf lettuce. It is a good little Fall crop.
     
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    Man o man, somebody is a regular cooking baking mama.
     
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    I have seeds planted in both Aerogarden, and some are sprouted in the smaller (3-pod) Aerogarden. I have the sprouter kit for that one and it holds about 12 starts to replant, and otherwise it just holds 3 plants if you leve them in there to grow.
    The large Aerogarden is the 9-pod one, and that is the size of one that Robin grew all of her tomatoes in last year. They were enormous ! !
    I have red cherry peppers planted in mine, and will move them outside once they are up and growing good, and then I can start something else in there.
    I ordered an herb kit from Amazon that has basil, oregano, and several other herbs in it. Once I start those, I will probably just let them grow in the Aerogarden, and then just snip off herbs as I want to use them, and that will keep the plants from getting too large in the Aerogarden.
    I still have two of those seed starters that work with the little flat pellets, and I had enough pellets to start one of those, so it has more peppers, some beefsteak and cherry tomatoes, and some squash planted in there. I set it outside where it gets morning sunshine, and the lid should keep the birds and squirrels out until everything gets sprouted.
    Robin brought me several kinds of passionflower seeds back from Costa Rica, and I have started one packet of those in small containers inside also. The vines should be beautiful if they will grow here, and if they do, then I will take some over for Robin to have at her house on the fence in her back yard.
     
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    I have to go into seclusion from May through September, because I have a condition called sun poisoning. My greatest challenge during these five months, is finding enough things to occupy my time.

    I studied Horticulture four almost four year back in the 80's, and part of that was about Hydroponics. But, back then it wasn't economically or technically feasible for the average household. So I was surprised they had come up with the small aerogardens like @Yvonne Smith showed us. Then I went on a search for one that was a bit larger, but I could find only small aerogardens online, and I was about to give up.

    As it turned out one of my doctors put an aerogarden in his waiting room. I knew that was the one for me. My doctor sells them along with a line of heath supplies. So I bought one from him, and he will be coming to my home to help me set it up. I admit I was surprised that my doctor sold aerogardens, and I about fell over when he said that he always help buyer's get everything set up. Turns out he is big into gardening, but he doesn't have the time to garden outside the old way.

    It should be here by next week, and hopefully it will be set up by the end of that week. Here's a couple of pictures of the setup. The lady isn't me of course.

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    Wow, @Ina I. Wonder , that is a HUGE indoor hydroponics set up ! ! That looks like it will keep you busy growing lettuce greens year around.
    How often do you have to do root maintainence to keep the roots from clogging up the pump with a system this large ?
    Robin grew tomatoes in one of her Aerogardens last year, which is a lot smaller than what you are buying, and when we removed all of the vines last fall, there were huge masses of roots inside that we had to clean out.
    I mostly use mine for starting plants and then transplant them outside where we do not have to be concerned about root impaction of the impeller; but on the ones that I do keep inside , I pull them out and trim back the roots fairly often.
    What all are you going to grow in your big hydroponic garden, Ina ? Are you going to keep it indoors or transplant things outside once they are growing good ?
    I just started one of the seed kits with the Italian herb garden, and I will probably keep that one growing inside and just trim the herbs as needed and keep the roots pruned back so they don't clog up the impeller.
     
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    Wow I would like one of those
     
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    I'll try to remember to take pictures while we assemble the whole system. The cool thing is I can add heigth to it if I want to at a later date. I'm hoping to be able to provide salad greens, cherry tomatoes, and some salad herbs for Bobert and me. :)

    It's been more than thirty years since I studied hydroponics. The system the college had covered a whole wall two stories tall, and about 40' wide. So I'm really excited that they now have such small ones. My doctor told me he had been trying to get a group of people interested so that he would have others to share his gardening interests with. :p
     
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    Well my doctor really did come over to my house, and he spent 2&1/2 hours assembling my new hydroponic garden tower. He explained how the system works, and just how much nutrients to use. It turns out the water from my water well is at the correct ph levels, so at this point I don't have to adjust that. It will let me start off with 20 plants, and I plan to start off with salad herbs and lettuces. It is set up so the water circulates ever 15 minutes, and the lighting system automatically turn on at 7am and they shut off at 7pm.

    So Im looking forward to studying the new system, and enjoying some salads that I don't have to worry about get sick from.

    Here are a couple of pictures of the garden tower being set up by my doctor in my kitchen, and the finished product.

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    Wow @Ina I. Wonder I am really impressed with your Doctor and your new gardening system. I hope you will continue to share pictures with us as things start growing and yielding food for you and Bobert.

    My Honey would probably love to have one of those things and as long as he was the one tending to it I would too but I don't think it would fit in our small home or budget. :)

    I hope you are feeling better too Ina. :)
     
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    http://www.aerogarden.com/aerogardens/miracle-gro-aerogarden-sprout-led-red.html

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    I'm really tempted to buy this one for my Honey for Father's Day. :)

    It is affordable and small enough to not take up to much room in our small home. In fact after reading all about it, I think this one would end up being more for me as I am the one who can't spend alot of time outdoors anymore. And who also eats more fresh veggies than my Honey. :)
     
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    Thanks for sharing this tread @Yvonne Smith. This morning was the first time I read your posts about this kind of gardening and I must say once again you have shared your knowledge of something that has me very excited and eager to try my hand at this. I didn't think the equipment needed would be in our budget at this time but once I did a little research I found that there are a few that are definitely small enough and price wise will fit our budget just fine.

    We have plenty of room and sunshine for outdoor gardening but with just the two of us and our appetites that have decreased so much with aging....outdoor gardening no longer holds much interest for us except for my Honey's love of growing plants you don't eat. For the past few years our vegetable garden has come down to just a tomato and bell pepper plant grown in containers. I don't think either my Honey or I eat enough of anything to get the daily vitamins and nutrients we should as we just don't have the appetites for alot of food anymore. Thanks to your talking about smoothies I am doing much better at drinking those vitamins, etc. than I was trying to force myself to eat them Yvonne. I like the thought of just being able to snip off or pick some fresh lettuces and cherry tomatoes for a salad in just the right amount for us though. I'm guessing I could grow baby spinach too? You definitely have given me a subject of interest to me to do more research on. And a nice gift idea for my husband for Father's Day even though I think I will be using it more than him. :)

    Do you know if you can grow the cherry tomatoes and some lettuces together in this kind of gardening?

    Is there a certain kind of water you have to use in the gardening containers?
     
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    I have one of those small size Aerogardens, @Babs Hunt , and it is perfect for growing lettuce or herbs. For tomatoes, you wuld need one of the larger sized ones because the root system is gigantic. I try to trim mine down every so often so that they do not clog the impeller. Bobby had to fix it last year because the roots grew too long.
    I am interested in seeing what @Ina I. Wonder has to do to keep the roots cleared in her large hydroponic system. With mine, I can just take the lid off and clear the excess roots; but I can't tell how Ina cleans hers because it is long and tall.
    You can also get an adapter that starts about 15 pods, just for sprouting the seeds in the small Aerogarden . Right now, I have cherry tomatoes sprouting in mine, and herbs growing in the large aerogarden. Once the cherry toms are large enough to transplant, then I will start some lettuce in the small garden.
    I found my small one on eBay, and it was much cheaper than buying a new one.
     
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    Yes, after doing more research yesterday on aerogardening and the model I am thinking of buying I came to that conclusion too Yvonne...that it would probably be best for the lettuces and herbs. Since the weather over here stays pretty warm I could grow cherry tomatoes in a pot outside for quite a bit of the year...so that shouldn't be a problem. :)The expense of a bigger areogarden would be more of a problem for me right now. Plus I want to try this kind of gardening out first and see if it is something I will like doing long term before I invest a larger amount of money into it. Starting with fresh herbs will probably be what I start with in the small model. :)

    I had to do a little digging but I did find some good articles on aerogardening and one mentioned how the root systems grow so thick and clog up the machine. The person who wrote the article trims the roots and keep them at a level where they don't cause clogging problems. I saved the article with a few other ones so I will link it when I find it again.

    In doing the research many articles said something about the lighting being so bright for so many hours a day and also the noise of the water being pumped around. Do you find this a problem Yvonne. Our home is so small that if the light is going to fill the rooms even when we are trying to sleep...that might be a problem. And the noise might be a problem too. I sleep with a box fan running in our bedroom at night because that "noise" helps me sleep better. Can you tell me what kind of noise the aerogarden makes and is it constant, or off and on?
     
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    The noise is not a problem, @Babs Hunt , and I like hearing the sound of it. It is kind of like a softly bubbling stream. The lights are a different story, and they are bright, although the light system in the 3-pod aerogarden is not nearly as bright as the one in the large Aerogardens. However, you can set when you want the light to come on, so you could have it running during the day when you are not sleeping. We have ours in the back room where we can close the door at night; but you would definitely not want it somewhere that it can shine in your bedroom if it is going to be on at night.
    Robin has 3 of the large systems, and she grows herbs, lettuce, and even tomatoes in hers. When we took them out last fall, the roots system was gigantic; so I definitely recommend trimming the roots once every month or so.
     
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    Is the noise continual...or off and on? And did you find a noticeable difference in your electricity bill with the aerogarden?
     
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    Hi @Yvonne Smith , I asked the dr. about the roots too, and as we were assembling the tower, he showed me how the tower was made in segments, so it is easy to remove whichever segment that needs attention. It make it easy to move the different plants around according to their lightinging needs as well. That way if one plant starts to overshadow others, I can shift each segment of the tower up or down, and I can turn each segment to the left or right.

    @Babs Hunt , I set my garden up in the kitchen where it is close to water, (the reservoir is 20 gallons, so it ain't moving around much :oops:), and I can always use more light in my kitchen. The timer is set to turn the lights on and off at 7:am and 7:pm. The water is set to come on every 15 minutes for a duration of 5 minutes. After you get over freaking out, because your brain yells FLOODING at first when you hear the running water, Yvonne is right, it does sound very pleasant.
     
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    I started some lettuce, basil, and cherry tomatoes in the the inert seedling starters, and the Tower Garden site also sells seedlings that are delivered by UPS.

    I ordered these this morning, and they will be shipped on Tuesday, to be delivered by Friday. This should give me a jump start, and cut my the time until my first harvest. It will give me time to start my own seedlings for future settings.

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    My doctor, Carlos, said he has three towers set up in his townhouse, and four set up on his patio. The ones he has outside are just like the indoor ones, except that they do not need the lighting system. I admit the towers are expensive, but they do offer a payment plan of $45.00 a month.

    Since I rarely go anywhere, and I don't need much other than food, I feel that the cost is well spent. Plus, I realized I might as well spend my income on myself, instead of leaving it to people that haven't even checked on me in over two years.

    I love to garden, but now I'm not able to spend much time outside, so this is well worth the cost for me. I can even take care of this system from my wheelchair. If this works out I'll probably buy another. :rolleyes:
     
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