You have entered the wonderful world of AeroGardens? Have you had the pleasure of watching your herbs sprout and grow? Have you ever harvested fresh herbs for your recipe?
One day you had a flash of inspiration to try growing plants in an AeroGarden and you wish to experiment further.
The possibilities are endless on what you can do with your AeroGarden!
You already have one, you say! Then, have you ever stood there and admired how versatile your AeroGarden system is?
Do you know you have two choices, you can either chose a counter-top or floor unit. Choosing the right AeroGarden is one that is best for you or your family. Before deciding on which one is best, it is important to think about how many plants you would like to grow and how many family members you will feed.
AeroGardens have produced outstanding plant growth which I can attest because I produced strong, beautiful herbs. Your confidence will improve, and you will be ready to grow anything using your own seeds. You want to be adventurous, so why not experiment growing your own vegetables, herbs, or flowers with your own seeds that you saved from the previous plantings. What plants can I grow in my AeroGarden?
Imagine you are now enjoying fresh-picked healthy salads or herbs from your AeroGarden to add to your meals. You have invited friends over for dinner, and they comment on how fresh your salad greens are and how they taste so different. Your friends ask which shop do you get your salad leaves from, you reply proudly, from my AeroGarden, I grow them myself!
You have experimented with your AeroGarden, and now you feel confident of growing seeds in the system then transfer them to your pots or vegetable garden, using the seeds purchased from the garden centre or online; or your own saved seeds from previous years supply.
Your inspiration takes you further. You have a flash idea, and you wonder if experimenting cuttings is it possible to strike cuttings from your most-loved plants in the garden. Why not after all the AeroGarden is versatile.
You stand back, and you admire the AeroGarden and how the system can be so versatile in your home. You notice it has various features that you like:
- Has many different uses
- Plant seeds all year round
- LED Lights are more energy efficient
- Plants grow much faster in water
- Touch button control panel
- Timer for light settings
- Fresh herbs and vegetables
You also have a choice between two types of AeroGarden units: Counter top or floor
When it comes to choosing an AeroGarden, there are some things that you will need to consider. Some questions you might want to ask yourself is:
- How many in the family are you going to feed?
- How many students are going to learn about AeroGardening in class?
- Where are you going to put your new unit?
- If you choose a countertop. How much bench space do you have in the kitchen?
- What kind of plants are you going to grow?
- Are you going to grow tomatoes?
- How many pods will be suitable for your needs?
- Counter Top
- AeroGarden Sprout (LED has 3 pods to hold 3 plants)
- AeroGarden Harvest Elite has 6 pods to hold 6 plants
- AeroGarden Harvest 360 (6 pods to hold 6 plants)
- Aero Garden Classic 6
- AeroGarden Bounty (9 Pods to hold 9 plants)
- AeroGarden Ultra (LED)
- Floor System
- AeroGarden Farm 24 Plus (currently out of stock)
- AeroGarden Farm – white (holds 24 XL)
- AeroGarden Farm 12 XL
- Counter Top
Outstanding plant growth
When you first get your AeroGarden unit, you will be amazed at how quickly the seeds begin to sprout and grow. At first, they were tiny, then they get their first leaves, then the true leaves emerge, and they start to grow. Once they become tall and busy, you will need to prune the tops of the herbs and the roots in the two month time period. The plants should look very healthy, and the roots should be white and have a healthy look about them. You will be impressed with the growth.
The best thing the AeroGarden brought out is the Grow Anything Seed Pod Kit that ranges between 3 to 25 Pack so that you can grow your own best-loved seeds. The kit includes:
- Grow sponges
- Grow Domes
- Grow Baskets
- Pod Labels
- 3oz liquid bottle of patented nutrients in
- Step by step instructions
It’s so fantastic-you don’t have to use all the holes in your AeroGarden.
If you want to grow tomato plants and you are a bit worried about how high they grow you plant 2-3 seeds in each pod or buy the pods with seeds already inserted. Your tomatoes will grow tall and spread and may need pruning to maintain a bush shape. When they flower, you will need to hand pollinate them.
Note: If you are not going to use all your holes it is advisable to cover any unused areas with a round piece of card or and aerogarden hole cover to prevent algae forming and growing in the water receptacle and also prevent loss of water due to evaporation.
Enjoy Fresh Healthy Fresh Food
Grow enjoyable healthy fresh food in your kitchen with an AeroGarden; you can just about grow anything
- Salad Greens
- Snap peas
- Range of herbs
Grow and Transfer from an Aerogarden to Garden Pots or Veggie Patch
Now that your seedlings are looking awesome, you can transplant them into pots to place on the window sill or harden them off for your vegetable patch.
Taking out the seedling from the grow basket, this needs to be done carefully.
- First it is a good idea to have the pots that you are going to put the plants into be ready with some growing medium.
- Remove your seed pod from your AeroGarden.
- Carefully remove the plants from your grow basket and put into pot that has the soil
Fill with remaining soil, level to where the plant grew in the basket. Do not cover the entire stem.
Experiment with plant Cuttings
Now you are ready to experiment with some cuttings from your favourite plants.
At the moment I am experimenting with a cutting of the Nandina plant, also known as the Sacred Bamboo or Heavenly Bamboo. I adore how it grows, and I am amazed at how it flourishes in the hot Australian afternoon sun with minimal watering. In fact, it gets neglected.
Nandina is a Japanese native and looks amazing in cottage gardens amongst other plants. The plant has beautiful colouring in the leaves throughout the year, from golden to peach to plum to pink and I’ve seen it go a bright crimson red in the sun at certain times of the day.
To me, it always appears to be a magnificent, heat tolerant and tough plant and can withstand low temperatures. Low compact shrub, suitable for different locations. If you don’t prune the plants, they will produce white flowers and red berries. The birds love the berries.
Suggested cuttings to try, you may need to use rooting powder or gel
When you’re so busy juggling work, home, family and social life, it’s easy to forget about your vegetable patch and the necessities of keeping them watered, feed and weeded. That’s why choosing an AeroGarden, either a countertop or floor style or the number of pods to suit your needs; you can have amazing produce growing much quicker and without all the fuss of gardening.
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.