Growing plants in water is an engaging activity for children and the whole family. So, what is Aero gardening about?
Growing Plants Indoors
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 that they are about to eat. It gives me a warm, lovely feeling inside hearing them talk about the food.
Aero Gardening Systems
There are different types of Aero gardening systems to choose, but like anything electrical, they have advantages and disadvantages to each design.
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.
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
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
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 is obtainable 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 find out 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
- 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 the supermarkets.
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.
Plants work hard during their growing period, breaking down a range of nutrients:
- Calcium and
Including a range of trace elements vital for their growth
- molybdenum and
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:
- Smart Gardening
- 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!
When looking at purchasing an Aero Gardening system, it is essential to remember 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 is the best way to provide superfoods to our body. 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.
I hope you enjoyed reading my article. If you have any questions, or wish to share information on this topic, please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.