Archive for November, 2008 – Using the Aerogarden to boost your potted plants

November 20th, 2008

This week’s blog content once again comes generously from an aerogardener - Bryan Grant from Nuneaton.

He only bought the aerogarden a few weeks ago, but has already showed the adventurous gardening spirit of a true aerogardener, experimenting with using the aerogarden lights to give some of his potted plants a boost by placing them around the periphery of his aerogarden unit. Here’s the results he’s reported, in his own words

Picture 1 shows the effect on the parsley (foreground) and basil (background). In the case of both, a pale green, sorry-looking plant has been transformed, in seven days, to be a darker green, larger and more ‘plump’ plant.

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Picture 2 shows some garlic bulbs, grown from a single clove. When they went under the lamp they were barely above the soil. The stick shows its height at 2 days in, and you can see the current height. Quite remarkable. They are now 16cm and 19cm respectively.

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Picture 3 shows how I have arranged the plants around the rim of the Aerogarden, so that they get some of the benefit of the special lighting. The plants in the aerogarden itself are here just one week into growth, and so visible, but very small. The ‘green’ you see, then, is from the soil-based plants on the perimeter.

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The message then, that you can get even more out of your aerogarden by using it to boost other plants, by feeding off the power of its energy efficient lamps. Get to it!

Top aerogarden tip of the day – Most problems with aerogarden pumps can be easily prevented or solved by cleaning out your aerogarden pump in between seed kits. Watch the pump cleaning instruction video here.

There is also further details to be found by looking at this pdf document on pump cleaning.

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Photos from a first time aerogardener

November 13th, 2008

This week we’ve received some photos from a new aerogardener, who planted his garden on the 3rd November. Nick Blumire in Somerset was kind enough to respond to our request for photos of customer aerogardens with some great pictures of his new aerogarden starter kit with his gourmet herb seed kit just beginning to germinate.

He’s sent us two sets – one at 3 days since planting, and a further set a week later. Have a look at these lovely sprouts!

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DAY 7 …

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All photos shown with the kind permission of their owner Nick Blumire – thank you Nick.

Top aerogarden tip of the day

NEVER remove the aerogarden bowl, or grow bulbs whilst the aerogarden is turned on. Always switch off at the mains when doing either of these, as it interrupts electrical connections in the aerogarden, and could cause electrical faults in your base.

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