Monday, January 1, 2018

AreoGarden - Week Number 4

I was gone on vacation for the past week and wow, week 4 has surprised me!  The way things had been growing, I expected some growth, but not like what I saw when I got home.  The salad greens, Romaine and Baby Greens, were growing like there was no tomorrow.

Some of the plants had proliferated that they were touching their lives and the tips of their leaves were scorched.  I thought I had allowed enough space between the plants and the light, but apparently, I miscalculated my estimation.

The first couple of weeks had used barely any water, but when I got home, the "add water" indicator was on, and I could see it was nearly dry inside the reservoir tank.  Since I had just added food before I left, I did not add any more when I filled the water.  I'm not sure if I was right or wrong on that.  It is due to add water in a couple of days anyway.

The Cilantro did not emerge.  I also noticed that the herbs were probably not the best thing to put in with the salad greens and other stuff.  The Rosemary and Mint are growing, but not very quickly.  It is a lesson learned.

We did enjoy some of the salad greens, and they taste so good!

For Previous Weeks:

Week 4 - AreoGarden

  • For Week 3 - See: Week 3 Blog Post
  • 12/28/17 - Day 22:  Gone, no update.  
  • 12/29/17 - Day 23:  Gone, no update.
  • 12/30/17 - Day 24:  Gone, no update.
  • 12/31/17 - Day 25: Crazy Growth.
  • 01/01/17 - Day 26: Some Pruning, more to come.
  • 01/02/18 - Day 27: Coming Soon.
  • 01/03/18 - Day 28: Coming Soon.

Friday, December 22, 2017

AreoGarden - Week Number 3

This is now week 3, and everything except the cilantro is emerging.  The Baby Greens are really taking off and so is the Romaine and Salad Greens.

On Day 14, I put the plant food in and added water.  There was still plenty of water in the reservoir but I filled it back up to the fill line.

It seemed that after I put the plant food in, everything perked up and started growing.

I'm disappointed the Cilantro did not emerge and I'm guessing it will not show up now.

One of the things I was not sure on when I planted the AreoGarden was how much to put in one garden.  I put the three greens stated above plus the three herbs.  The herbs are growing at a much slower rate and so I can see problems with the light being high enough for the salad greens, but too high for the herbs.

I'm not sure if I did things correctly or not as that part of planting the AreoGarden was confusing.  Next time, I'll try not to do that and see if there is any difference.

I did eat the pruned salad greens and they tasted so good!

For Previous Weeks:

Week 3 - AreoGarden

  • For Week 2 - See: Week 2 Blog Post
  • 12/21/17 - Day 15:  Cilantro still not emerged.  
  • 12/22/17 - Day 16:  Greens doing very well.  Perked up since feeding.
  • 12/23/17 - Day 17:  Raised Lights up some.  Pruned greens.
  • 12/24/17 - Day 18: Gone, no update.
  • 12/25/17 - Day 19: Gone, no update.
  • 12/26/17 - Day 20: Gone, no update.
  • 12/27/17 - Day 21: Gone, no update.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

AreoGarden - Week Number 2

This is now week 2, and everything except the cilantro is emerging.  I'm pleasantly surprised at the progress so far in just a few days.  The AreoGarden makes sense to me.

I remember seeing the Epcot display of hydroponic gardening, and it always intrigued me.

So far, I've not added any water to the unit.  It has taken a little bit, but not enough for me to add more.  It still has a few days before I need to add nutrients so I will check the water level at that time.

The Baby Greens are indeed growing faster than the other stuff.  I'm guessing now that I'll have to prune those back while the other plants catch up.

Temperatures this week have been on the cold side as we've been running the heat in our house.  Yes, we live in Florida where we hardly run the heat.  Most of the time, we're running the air conditioning, but it is winter and December here in central Florida.

For Previous Weeks

  • 12/07/17 - AreoGarden, Week 1

Week 2 - AreoGarden

  • For Week 1 - See: Week 1 Blog Post
  • 12/14/17 - Day 8:  Mint is now emerging.  Waiting for Cilantro.
  • 12/15/17 - Day 9:  Cilantro not up.  Condensation forming on little domes.
  • 12/16/17 - Day 10: Cilantro not up.  Not sure it is going to make it.
  • 12/17/17 - Day 11: Baby Greens are growing quickly.  Cilantro a no!
  • 12/18/17 - Day 12: Pruned Baby Greens
  • 12/19/17 - Day 13: Took dome off cilantro.  May not emerge.
  • 12/20/17 - Day 14: Plant Food added and water

  • 12/21/17 - AreoGarden, Week 2