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 if there is any difference between the two systems. 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 Bunning’s in South Australia.
17 March 2021
Taken a photo on my iPhone of the front of the box
and the reverse side of the box that contains the features of the product.
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 so we can see what is happening.
Day One 18 March 2021
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 seeds appear to be sprouting.
Day Two 19 March 2021
Day three is now showing some signs of early growth. The seedlings are still very small but soon we will be able to see them much better.
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. I took between 5 to 14 days for some seeds to show in the AeroGarden.
Day four 21 March 2021
I can’t believe how quickly these lettuce seedlings have started sprouting.
Day 5 22 March 2021
You can see from the images the results of growing lettuce in a HydroGarden appears to be much quicker than the AeroGarden, However, I haven’t tested growing lettuce in my AeroGarden yet, but I did do the herbs.
Day 6 23 March 2021
I could not believe the results when I got home from work. My new lettuce is really starting to come along very well. So well, in fact, 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 the LED grow light, red bulbs and white ones. The red in the grow lights help leaf growth
Day 7 24 March 2021
Today I changed the water in the receptical. I added fresh water and plant food. I haven’t taken a photo as they are all starting to look the same.
Day 8 25 March 2021
Day 9 26 March 2021
The lettuce seedings are coming along really well and it looks like I will need to thin some out. I planted two many seeds in each square.
Since I last took this photo above, growth on the lettuce to the right began to change they don’t look as healthy as they once did, in fact, they look as if they are dying. Then all of a sudden when I looked the other day, I noticed a come back on some of the leaves. I do 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.
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.
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