Seed Pods grown in an AeroGarden is more popular today than it has ever been since its introduction.
As the years go by, we see, food prices increase. Fresh food has become expensive, globally. Weather can ruin a crop within minutes. Too much rain, not enough rain, drought and fire make the demand for the supply of fresh produce more difficult.
Will we see food prices come down? Not likely, prices for fresh produce continues to rise. We find many families are buying less at the supermarket because they are cutting costs.
Gardening at home indoors gives control back to the families. They either have an AeroGarden, or they have made their own out of Styrofoam packaging or some other material that they have recycled.
Growing your herbs and vegetables is higher in nutrients when grown in water and adding plant food. The benefits are eating high nutrient food throughout the year that is enjoyed by the whole family.
What is contained in the Seed Pod?
The seed pod kits contains:
- Plastic basket, white
- Grow sponge (sphagnum moss)
- Grow label on top of baskets
- The clear plastic dome on the right
- Included in the kit is the bottle of nutrients
How do the Seed Pods work?
The grow baskets contain the growing sponge and seed together, including the paper labels and the little plastic clear domes that act as a miniature greenhouse. Condensation forms on the dome, this process is quite normal as it provides an ambient climate for the little seeds.
The seed Pods come into contact with water and nutrients, which then starts the activation process of the seed. You may see signs of sprouts growing from day 4. See Project Journal for more information on seeds growing in the AeroGarden.
Once the plant starts to grow towards the dome, you can then remove the dome. After you take them off, it is best to clean them with water and vinegar. Once dried, put them into a container so as not to lose them.
Also, the labels will need removing before the plants get too big and unable to slide them over the plant. Otherwise, if you forget to remove them, you will have to cut the labels in half with scissors causing damage. However, you could make new labels out of paper.
Can seed Pods be reused?
Yes. Seed Pods can be reused, except for the grow sponge.
- Plastic baskets
- Labels made of paper
- Plastic Domes
All three are reusable.
As the grow baskets become worn, you will need to replace them. Buying baskets through Amazon could save you some money or purchase seed pod.
Replacing parts for the AeroGarden is costly and saving money these days is on everyone’s mind, it’s so important the more we can save the cheaper it is to grow your own. Be on the lookout for generic empty pods and use your seeds. It’s a more inexpensive way of buying refills for your AeroGarden.
Another suggestion is to purchase untreated grow sponges. One sponge makes three pods. You just cut the sponge into thirds, roll them up and put them into your grow basket
Grow sponges will need to be purchased and replaced. However, if peat moss is not available, you could use an alternative type made from Coco Coir, a biodegradable product. They fit perfectly in you grow baskets.
If you are looking to buy cheaper products such as generic pods you would need to be on the lookout for them and use you own seeds.
Another suggestion idea is to purchase untreated grow sponges. Apparently one sponge fills three pods. What you need to do is cut the sponge into thirds, roll them up and put them into your seed basket.
There may come a time when you need to replace your grow baskets because of what and tear. You should be able to purchase them through Amazon, local shop or AeroGarden Centre.
To remove the plants from the pods:
You will need scissors or pruning shears to cut away roots, remove branches and stems.
Cut the roots with scissors, take care as roots entwine around each other as they grow. You may have to use pruning shears to cut branches and stems. Take care not to damage the plastic parts of your basket when cutting away the roots and remove the old sponge slowly.
If you have some trouble removing the roots gently, you may have to twist slightly or wriggle them around a bit or try cutting away some more of the roots. Do not use force.
Clean the unit and pods
Once the harvest has finished and you are ready to plant new seeds, you will need to take out your pods very carefully, so as not to damage the baskets.
Sanitising your AeroGarden unit and seed Baskets is essential to prevent root pathogens and the spread of bacteria.
All you need to do is
1. Dry the aero garden after removing the old plants
2. Fill with either water and chlorine bleach or use white vinegar. Vinegar is a preferred method as bleach can create an allergic reaction in some people
3. You will need to turn on the power and let the pump run for five minutes.
4. After step 3, empty the water from the container
5. Repeat the process with just water to remove any left-over residue of bleach or vinegar
6. When cleaning your seed baskets, make sure there are no more roots remaining.
Water and Nutrients
Before planting your new seeds, it is best to check that you have enough liquid nutrients for the first two weeks. Otherwise, I would not recommend planting your seeds or adding water until you have nutrients to add to the unit.
Reuse your seed Pods
1. Insert new sponge in the plastic basket and gently insert them and push down. Ensure you have the broader part of the sponge at the top. New grow sponges are purchasable through Amazon
2. Insert seeds (you can use your own saved seeds or buy them from a plant shop. If you decide to purchase seeds from the plant shop, check to see they are suitable. For example, buy tiny tomatoes and not the big ones, small lettuces. Herbs are fine.
- If you are growing bigger plants such as tomatoes, then you will only need three seeds in a single pod
- If you are growing smaller seeds, then you can plant about six seeds per pod
How do I reinstall the Seed Pods?
You will need to make sure the seed pods are placed inside the slots and push them in until you hear a click sound. Next, you will place your labels over the top and place the plastic domes on the top. Again, you should get here a click sound.
Saving money is a dream for most of us, growing our food in the AeroGarden makes it possible to provide the family with nutritional herbs and vegetables throughout the year. It’s more convenient, time-saving, fresh produce, nutritional value and the possibilities are endless.
If you are an AeroGarden lover or would like to become one, I would love to hear your feedback on the systems, plants you have grown or issues you have faced and success stories.