Growing Lettuce in a HydroGarden: Project


In my other project, I showed you the progress of growing herbs using my AeroGarden Harvest 360 unit. My next test is to monitor growing lettuce in Mr Fothergill’s HydroGarden to see any difference between the two systems. Finally, I will be planting Mr FotherGill’s lettuce seeds.

The name of the unit I am testing is Mr FotherGill’s HydroGarden. We purchased this from Bunnings in South Australia.

The image is of a box called Mr Fothergill's HydroGarden unit. It contains information on what is contained in the All-In-One_Grow Kit.
Mr Fothergill’s HydroGarden kit is in a box.

17 March 2021

I took a photo on my iPhone of the front of the box

and the reverse side of the box that contains the product’s features.

In the image below, you will see the assembled HydroGarden unit.

Bottled water has been used rather than tap water. My reason for doing this is because I want to keep the steps as close to the same procedures as AeroGarden. Every Day I will take a photo of the seed pots to see what is happening.

HydroGarden box showing a list of features of Mr Fothergill's HydrogGarden unit.
Features of Mr Fothergill’s HydroGarden

Day One 18 March 2021

Mr Fothergill's HydroGarden unit now assembled. Water Receptical, seed pots and LED light
Assembled HydroGarden Unit

In the image below, you will see the seed pot. Not much is happening as it is only day two, but I thought I saw a little activity; the seeds look to be hatching, so I checked it through my magnifier on my iPhone. The roots appear to be sprouting.

Seed Pots containing, vermiculite and  lettuce seeds.
Early seed growth

Day Two 19 March 2021

Day three is now showing some signs of early growth. The seedlings are still tiny, but soon, we will see them much better.

Zoomed in image of Seed Pots showing some seeds are sprouting and it's only day two!
Magnified seedlings

Day three 20 March 2021

The Lettuce seedlings are more visible. I’m starting to notice much faster results with Mr FotherGill’s HydroGarden unit. It took between 5 to 14 days for some seeds to show in the AeroGarden.

Image contains lettuce seeds sprouting in the pot.
Early signs of lettuce seeds sprouting.

Day four 21 March 2021

I can’t believe how quickly these lettuce seedlings have started sprouting.

Lettuce seeds sprouting in pots
Lettuce seeds are doing well in the pots.

Day 5 22 March 2021

From the images, the results of growing lettuce in a HydroGarden appear to be much quicker than the AeroGarden. However, I haven’t tested growing lettuce in my AeroGarden yet, but I did the herbs.

Excellent results for day five, lettuce seeds are starting to look great.
Lettuce seeds are coming along very well.

Day 6 23 March 2021

I could not believe the results when I got home from work. My new lettuce is starting to come along very well. So well, I’m beginning to think I may have put too many seeds in each pot. Oh well, I may need to thin a few of them out. If you’re wondering what the colour tinge is in the image, it is the LED grow light, red bulbs and white ones. The red in the grow lights help leaf growth.

Lettuce seedlings growing in hydroponic pots in Mr Fothergill's HydroGarden.
Lettuce grows well in pots.

Day 7 24 March 2021

Today I changed the water in the receptacle. I added fresh water and plant food. Unfortunately, I haven’t taken a photo as they are all starting to look the same.

Day 8 25 March 2021

Day eight on growing lettuce seeds using Mr Fothergill's HydroGarden. The seedlings are growing really well.
Lettuce Seedlings are looking stronger.

Day 9 26 March 2021

The lettuce seedlings are coming along really well, and it looks like I will need to thin some out. I planted too many seeds in each square.

Day nine of growing lettuce. Seedlings are coming along really well now. I will have to prick some out as I have too many seedlings.
Two types of Lettuce seedlings are growing.

Since I last took this photo above, growth on the lettuce to the right began to change. My seedlings don’t look as healthy as before; in fact, they appear to be dying. Then all of a sudden, when I looked the other day, I noticed a come back on some of the leaves. I know I have put too many seeds in each pot, but I have slowly been pulling out the weaker ones to make room for thicker stem growth.

On a Final Note

In comparison to the AeroGarden, Mr Fothergills HydroGarden seeds did germinate much faster compared to the herbs I grew. Now all I have to do is to grow lettuce in and AeroGarden.

==Click here to see how the AeroGarden Harvest 360 works developing as a project growing herbs==

==-To learn more about Mr Fothergill’s HydroGarden, click here

To read my Review on Mr Fothergill’s HysroGarden, click here

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2 thoughts on “Growing Lettuce in a HydroGarden: Project

  1. Katrina Curry says:

    Wow! I’m going to have to utilize the aero gardens in my Mom’s garage after seeing this. She told me to start using them, but for some reason, I just put them high up in her garage and they’ve been sitting there ever since. She has like 4 or 5 of these things. Honestly, I never tried planting in them before, but I can see that it’s a great way to grow veggies over the winter.

    Thanks for sharing this review! Definitely need to get them down!


    • Yvonne says:

      Hello Katrina, Wow, you have 4 or 5 AeroGradens in the garage; that’s wonderful news. I grew some gourmet herbs in mine, and they lasted 6 months. I had one herb left but needed to remove it, it was parsley which I took outside to see how it would go two months ago, and it is growing really well in the garden considering it was indoors for 6 months of its life. Plants grown in an AeroGarden are nutritious for us than the garden has grown. I hope you still have the instructions for the units. All you need to do is follow them step by step.

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