Aero Gardening is an excellent easy method that works for all, including people on a budget. During COVID 19, household purse strings have become much tighter, so much so that many of us have started thinking about how to stay healthy during the pandemic restrictions.
Thousands of people live in large cities in apartments or confined small spaces that do not have access to gardens, making Aerogardens ideal for anyone living in built-up areas.
AeroGardening is about using technology similar to a hydroponic system, an AeroGarden. It is simple to use and understand by everyone.
You may be one of those who are having trouble getting down on their knees to do outdoor gardening. In that case, you will love the AeroGarden and what it can do to provide fresh salad greens, tomatoes, herbs and any other edible vegetables you love to grow for the table.
Did you know that produce grown in an AeroGarden system grows 5xfaster indoors in an AeroGarden than outdoors in your vegetable patch. Also, you will find your plants will be more highly nutritious for you.
Many of you will wonder what an AeroGarden is? How does it work indoors? Well, let’s get down to the basics.
What is an AeroGarden?
AeroGarden uses a hydroponic system for growing plants indoors on your kitchen countertop dirt free. The plants get their nutrients from soil and water. As your plants grow, the receptacle will need topping up with water and nutrients regularly.
Manufacturer: AeroGrow, International
Who is AeroGardening for?
Aero gardening is for everyone. Adults, seniors, disabled children and adults, schools, colleges, universities, restaurants, governments, businesses and organisations.
How does the AeroGarden Work?
AeroGarden system, based on the hydroponic concept, uses a pump similar to a fish tank pump, which moves the water, nutrients, and oxygen around in the receptacle for the seedlings to grow.
What’s in an AeroGarden
AeroGardens are pretty easy to set up and use. When you receive your new AeroGarden system, you will receive instructions on how to assemble your system. Your kit will contain:
Receptacle, pump, seed pods, grow lights, domes, power plug, LED Light and nutrients.
Seeds come already planted in the AeroGarden Seed Pods, which contains peat. These are inserted into your AeroGardens small holes. The number of seed pods you may have depended on which system you intend to buy. The number of pods ranges from 3 pods to 24 pods.
Your AeroGarden contains a pump that circulates water, oxygen, and nutrients for the plants. Plug it in and watch your seeds start to germinate. Your seeds grow 5x faster than they would if grown in the garden outside.
LED Grow Lights
Led Grow lIghts act like sunshine. The colours in the LED lights are white, blue, and red so that photosynthesis can occur. Lights are automated; you just set the timer and forget. The lighting helps your plants grow five times quicker than they do outdoors.
When researching your AeroGarden, the control panel will depend on the type of unit you choose. You will find AeroGarden models come with various control panels and features. What the control panel does is remind you when to add water and nutrients. If you are wondering how much to add, the manual you receive with your unit will indicate how many nutrient levels to count.
How does the AeroGarden function?
The AeroGarden functions like a hydroponic system, plants grow in water and liquid fertiliser without soil under LED lights that act like sunlight.
The root system absorbs the water and nutrients and produces a bumper crop.
The AeroGarden uses a pump, similar to a fish tank pump. While in operation, it will move water, oxygen and fertiliser around in the receptacle.
What can you grow in an AeroGarden?
AeroGarden has a massive range of seed kits available for your units that you can grow all year. They include
- Cherry tomatoes
- Snow Peas
- Chilli peppers
- A range of gourmet and international herbs such as :
- Basil packs
- Salad mix
I have grown Gourmet herbs in my AeroGarden Harvest Elite 360 successfully for six months.
Where is the best position for your AeroGarden in your home
Your AeroGarden can be placed anywhere in your home.
- In any room
- Living areas
Note: the pump can make a small amount of noise like trickling water when the pump is operating. So, it’s best not to have it near the bedroom or in the room where you sleep.
When are container vegetables ready to harvest?
- According to their official harvest schedule
- According to what you see on the vine
- Ongoing if plant allows for regrowth
Pros of AeroGardening
- Less exhaustion inside and out of the heat
- It does not require ground-level work!
- To better their health, eating nutritious food
- For stress relief
- Like gardening
- Like having greenery around them
- Grow tomatoes all year
- Have herbs in the kitchen
- Don’t have a garden
- Ideal for seniors, they can garden at bench height
- Children love to learn how to grow their own food
Cons of AeroGardening
- Takes up space on the kitchen bench
- Expensive to buy an AeroGarden
- Lights can be bright
- The pump can be noisy for some people
How to get started with an AeroGarden of your own
- Plan your space and decide on which AeroGarden system you want
- Select which seeds or plants you want to grow
- Preparation for the growing process with a schedule for watering and harvesting
In my Experience
My Aero Garden has proved that it is straightforward to use and can work for many, even those on a tight budget. Healthy alternatives it is never too late to grow your own produce.
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