Complete Guide to Understanding What Aero Gardening is About

Growing plants in water is an engaging activity for children and the whole family. My article is the complete guide to understanding what Aero Gardening is About.

Aero gardening is a fun indoor activity that anyone can cherish. It’s all about growing plants indoors using a hydroponic system such as an Aero Garden that sits on the kitchen bench or a table, anywhere within the home, schools, or restaurants, in fact, anywhere indoors so long as the system has access to power.

You don’t need to be a skilled gardener or have the experience to grow flowers, vegetables, herbs, and salad leaves, grown indoors all year round without soil! This makes it the ideal way of gardening within the home for children and adults. Watching and waiting for the seeds to sprout is exciting, and the AeroGarden is not fussy about where you live, nor does it rely on the zones for planting and optimum growth. When friends and family come to dinner, they are impressed when they hear you grew the leaves they are about to eat. It gives me a warm, lovely feeling inside hearing them talk about the food.

Various AeroGarden Systems

There are different types of Aero gardening systems to choose, but like anything electrical, they have advantages and disadvantages to each design.

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AeroGarden Sprout LED

Advantage: quiet pump, economical to run, looks excellent and plants proliferate.

Disadvantage: A bit expensive, plastic is not very strong, the LCD screen is quite bright.

AeroGarden Bounty

The advantages are: nine pods, touch screen, LCD, includes seed kit, and plants proliferate.

Disadvantage: expensive, water alarm is not always accurate and has no water window level

AeroGarden Classic

Advantage: reasonable price, easy to operate, includes herb kit, led lights, has a water window level.

Disadvantage: Loud pump, seeds sometimes don’t sprout, lights are very bright

AeroGarden Harvest 360

Advantage: smooth design, smaller footprint, energy-efficient, it reminds you when it needs water and nutrients.

Disadvantage: small and they can be faulty.

Some AeroGarden units are costly,  some are moderately priced and sometimes their prices change during the end of year sales.

What is the best water to use in my Aero garden?

Water is a vital element to life, and like us, plants need water to survive, no matter how or where they are grown. Thinking about water as a component brings us to the question of What type of water is ideal to use in the Aero Garden?

Before buying the AeroGarden kit, it is best to determine what type of water is in your area of where you live; otherwise, you may have to buy distilled water from the supermarkets.

Below is an outline of some types of water that may or may not be ideal to use  in the AeroGarden:

  • Rainwater will need to be filtered because it too contains minerals
  • Town/City Water is treated tap water
  • Bore Water/Hard Water, the Aero Garden could experience a range of issues from using a bore or hard water, for instance:
    • Seed germination
    • growth problems
    • stunt growth
    • yellowing of leaves
    • blockages in the linings
    • calcium and other mineral build up in the pump, which would require regular cleaning. Due to the high minerals in the water, you could consider using a water filter to remove deposits; however, not all minerals are removable
  • Bottled Spring Water
  • Well Water, softened tap water, can’t be used as it also contains mineral.

So what is the best water for the Aero Garden? Distilled Water is the best water for the Aero Garden, and you can buy it from any supermarket.

NOTE: If the Aero Garden system is not functioning the best, this could be due to the type of water that is in your area.

What type of Nutrients do my plants need for optimum growth?

Plants need nutrients to grow,  and this is the N-P-K ratio within the fertilizer

N = is for Nitrogen which is essential for healthy leaf growth and strong stems

P = is for Phosphorous that is needed for seed germination, photosynthesis, and flowering

K = is for Potassium that plants require to protect their immune systems, root growth, and food transportation.

During their growing period, plants work hard breaking down a range of nutrients:

  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphorous
  • Potassium
  • Calcium and
  • Magnesium

Including a range of trace elements vital for their growth

  • Iron
  • zinc
  • sulphur
  • manganese
  • boron
  • Chlorine
  • copper
  • molybdenum and
  • silicon

Nutritional Benefits

Aero Gardening produce has plenty of nutritional benefits compared to supermarket produce. According to My Hydroponica greens have 55% more vitamin C, and mixed baby greens have 200% more vitamin C. They have more vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients when grown in an AeroGardening system.

Juicing freshly grown green leafy spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, and herbs from the Aero Garden system without the harmful chemicals or pesticides can only be beneficial to our own bodies as a superfood.

Other Similar Systems

There are other types of Aero systems that may be ideal for your needs. While I was researching Aero gardens, various names included:

  • Mr Fothergill’s Hydroponic
  • Aeroponics
  • Smart Gardening
  • Hydroponics
  • Tower Gardening
  • Bio Aero Gardening
  • Aero Grow and
  • Aero Spring Gardening

These systems depend according to their structure.

Below I have linked a video that explains what an AeroGarden System is all about. Enjoy!

Conclusion

When looking at purchasing an Aero Gardening system, it is essential to check the water typically used in the area where you live for successful growth. Plants need optimum nutrients, and the benefits of healthy plants for salads and juices are the best way to provide superfoods to our bodies. There are also similar types of Aero systems that may be more suitable for your needs. Growing plants indoors using AeroGardening systems is a fascinating and gratifying way to grow fresh produce within the comfort of your home.

My reviews are based on my personal own experience and research. I never recommend poor quality products or create false reviews to make sales. I intend to explain products to make an informed decision on which ones suit your needs best. If you have any questions about this post’s content, please leave a comment below. I would love to hear what you think about the article.

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8 thoughts on “Complete Guide to Understanding What Aero Gardening is About

  1. C.N. says:

    Thank you so much for this fun and highly informative article, Yvonne! I am just now getting into gardening, and the idea of being able to grow my plants/food indoors (and not get whiplash from this Chicago wind) is wonderful! I love plants/food and love to create things and make them my own; this is the best of both worlds! As the temperature drops, I am definitely going to give this a try! Great read! God bless you!

    • Yvonne says:

      Thank you, C.N., for taking the time to do a review. I am so happy that you found my site fun and informative. Creating a daily experiment which I’m journalling at the moment to help others who may be interested in growing their own produce indoors using an AeroGarden. By doing this, they can see the positives and hopefully, no negatives or issues. hahaha All the best and keep in touch. I would love to hear about your progress.

  2. Aparna Bansal says:

    Hi Yvonne,
    I need some advice.
    I tried to raise lettuce in my water pots but it didnt work. Can u point me to a resource where I can understand what I am doing wrong?
    I am trying out a few vegetables and will let you know about the progress.
    Luv,
    Aps

    • Yvonne says:

      Hello Aparna, Are you trying to grow your lettuce in an AeroGArden or in water pots as you have said. If in water pots have you added peat, enough to be able to press the seeds in, but not too far. Then add enough water mixed with 1 or 2 capfuls of nutrient and mix then add to your water pots. Don’t flood the seed with water add just enough to provide moisture. Keep adding nutrient water to keep the pest moist. You will need a grow light as lettuce requires a lot of light for about 14 hours to 16 hours of grow light. Let me know how you go.

  3. Aparna Bansal says:

    Hi Guru,
    I have been able to start growing some plants indoors now, though the results could have been better.
    I think what they need is nutrients. And reading about those here, I am sure that is what was lacking. Anyway, I have ordered a few sachets and hoping for the best.
    Take care always,
    Aps

  4. Andy says:

    Hi Yvonne
    I am very impressed with the high nutrient values you quote for homegrown aero garden produce. When I was a student I used to grow sprouts in similar indoor pots. It was a very low tech affair but it worked fabulously well. I got out of the habit when I started work and back then eating out more.
    We have a small vegetable garden that I fenced in to protect from critters – mostly deer, squirrels and offers with some but far from universal success. Also, our results have been highly variable from one year to another. I think it quite likely that we would have more consistent results if we switched to indoor aero gardening.
    I have just one question – are there any specific measures you should take to avoid attracting bugs like fruitflies, etc.
    Thanks
    Andy

    • Yvonne says:

      Hello Andy, thanks for stopping by and reading my post. I did do a section on bugs. We don’t have fruit fly where I live we are a zone free area. Many people who have home gardens use those stick traps in their trees, that is a better method than spraying. We do get little bugs sometimes, but it’s usually the weather outside that brings them out. Otherwise, we don’t have an issue.

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