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Post  OhioGardener 2/3/2022, 12:11 pm

This morning I opened the AeroGarden and set it up to get some lettuce started. I was surprised to find that it came with a Seed Starting Kit for starting seeds to transplant into the garden. This would make it the same system as the one you posted, Sanderson.  Very Happy 

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Post  sanderson 2/3/2022, 7:45 pm

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Post  Scorpio Rising 2/6/2022, 1:19 pm

Nice!
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Post  Scorpio Rising 2/6/2022, 3:12 pm

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Update today!

The only one not germinating is Marvel of 4 Seasons
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Post  Scorpio Rising 2/9/2022, 8:32 pm

I shoved some of my Marvel of Four Seasons seeds into the provided pod…just zero action. In fact, it looks like it is rotting?  Fuzzy.  I am tempted to do it again.  One more time?

How long should I do this?  I have some wiggle room.
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Post  sanderson 2/10/2022, 3:09 am

Question: Can you empty the pod and put in Mel's Mix and start fresh with seeding? The other plants look healthy.

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Post  OhioGardener 3/18/2022, 5:02 pm

sanderson wrote:Question:  Can you empty the pod and put in Mel's Mix and start fresh with seeding?

Don't think it would work. The "grow baskets" have wide spaces between the ridges and the soil would quickly fall out of the "basket".  The "grow sponges" are formed compressed peat that rests within the basket.  The peat "sponge" has a hole pressed into the top center of it to drop seeds into.

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Post  OhioGardener 3/18/2022, 5:23 pm

Interesting happening with the Aerogarden today.  It started making a faint growling noise. I lifted the top off of it to check it out, and discovered that some of the roots grew through the small pump filter and into the pump. Decided to transplant the Romaine Lettuce plants into 6" pots, and then completely clean the Aerogarden unit. After everything was cleaned a put back together, I planted some new lettuce seeds in the pods.  Never transplanted Romaine Lettuce plants before, so I'll see how they do in their new pots.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 3/19/2022, 5:00 pm

I think I am going to transplant my lettuce, too.  They are big and looking kinda bad!
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Post  sanderson 3/20/2022, 4:34 pm

OG, Would a bridal tulle "filter" work to contain the MM? I'm asking because if I ever get one, and want to transplant in the spring, I wouldn't be adding more peat to the beds. I'm already doing that when I have to buy starts from a nursery and it bugs the heck out of me removing the perlite and peat ball at the end of the season.

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Post  OhioGardener 3/20/2022, 6:06 pm

sanderson wrote:OG,  Would a bridal tulle "filter" work to contain the MM?

That would probably be possible, though a little tedious I suppose.  A correction note to my above comment:  The Grow Anything kit that I bought indicates that all the pods are now coir instead of peat.

The "basket" isn't very big, so getting the fabric poked in, and then filled with soil would be a challenge. Possibly a piece of fabric could be cut in an appropriate sized circle, and then pushed down into the basket with a pencil or screwdriver. Then the fabric could be filled with the MM. The amount of peat or coir in the pod would not add much to the garden, though - I would guess it is less than a tablespoonful per pod. 

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Post  sanderson 3/21/2022, 4:07 am

Thank you, OG, I had no concept of the size. I could live with a Tablespoon, and most likely it would be pulled out in the fall along with the roots.

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Post  WhiteWolf22 3/21/2022, 10:18 pm

At one time, I had 5 Aerogardens and quit using them when Scott bought them out.  When I found out that Scott was using 24D? for their compost and "new" grass seed, I sold my Aerogardens.  They used 24D in Agent Orange back in the 60s and 70s in Viet Nam.  Scotts was using it as a weedkiller but started adding it to their grass seed mixtures.  Scott also became a subsidiary of Monsanto.  When Scott purchased Aerogarden, I purchased their pods to continue my seedling plantings and started them the same way I did every year.  Every single pod and every single seed started growing "fur" and basically killed the seeds.  I called "Aerogarden" up and they answered the phone as "Scott's".  After that, I did some research and found out their connection with Monsanto.  The next day, I sold all 5 of my Aerogardens.  This was a while back (at least 6 years).  Since then, I've been using a SunBlaster grow kit.  Haven't had any problems with "fur" which I'm pretty sure was some type of mold.  Anyway, just wanted to give you a heads up if you have any problems with their products.
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Post  sanderson 3/25/2022, 3:54 am

Do you have an article regarding Scott's using 2,4-D in their compost? This seems unusual, and such, should have supporting documentation.

The Sunblaster products looking interesting.  They have both T5 and LED lights available. And, the seedling mix is used, so we can use our Mel's Mix!
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Post  WhiteWolf22 3/26/2022, 12:40 am

I think it was back in 2015.  Just do a search of "Monsanto Scott's Miracle Gro connection" and a few news articles will come up.  Like I said, it was a while back and I was really anti-Monsanto at the time because of what they were doing in food engineering.

On the Scott's 2,4-D, just search "2,4-D Scott's Miracle Gro".  I remember when I first read about it, the first thing I thought was: Who would want their children playing on grass that had been treated with this stuff?  I think it was in the herbicide spray they made and not in their soil mix.  All I know is once the two of them hooked up, the aerogardens started growing fur and killing seeds and that was using their plugs and seed kits.  

I think Sunblaster has this soil mix called "Wonder Soil".  It's supposed to be really good, but kind of expensive.  Uses all kinds of micro-biologicals.  I just use river bottom soil mixed with compost and a few other secret ingredients - plus my Texas Tomato and Texas Vegetable spray additives through the growth cycles.


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Post  Simso 3/28/2022, 6:19 am

If you want to reuse the plastic baskets that come with the seedling kits you can, they are however pretty cheap to buy online as is

As far as medium for them, just a round plain foam circle cut down the cente so you can put the seed in the middle pretty sure i got some laying around will take a photo

Re the pump, on the front side of the puml there should be a small square foam piece, this minimises the debris and roots getting in there, that being said, I found the pumps get noisy oretty quick and pack it in, i think I have about 5 spare pumps from when i was using it non stop.

Nowadays, i just use them to create warmth to germinate my seedlings, once i get two genuine leaves i will transplant

Example, 60 carrot seeds i planted in the mix this week, i just set the other one up today with beetroot seeds

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Post  Simso 3/28/2022, 6:28 am

Here we go, two after market versions you can go with

The long type like original aerogardens and some shaped peat, next to that smaller cage and foam insert, works fine

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Post  sanderson 3/28/2022, 2:20 pm

Simso wrote:If you want to reuse the plastic baskets that come with the seedling kits you can, they are however pretty cheap to buy online as is

I found the pumps get noisy pretty quick and pack it in, i think I have about 5 spare pumps from when i was using it non stop.
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Post  OhioGardener 4/8/2022, 2:45 pm

Picking lettuce weekly from the Aerogarden now. Nice to have fresh lettuce close at hand. (That is Genovese Basil growing in the flower pot.)
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For anyone wanting to get started with an AeroGarden for winter growing of herbs or other greens, Sam's Club has the "AeroGarden Harvest 360 Hydroponic Garden Bundle with Extra Seed Pod Kit and Recipe Book" on sale through December 24th for $87.98 (regular price $109.98).

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Post  Scorpio Rising 1/15/2023, 4:01 pm

Starting my Aerogarden today with the Herb pack.  Excited to have some light in here!
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