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

Monday, December 11, 2017

AreoGarden - Week Number 1

Well, I went out and did it!  We bought the AreoGarden.  I had been looking at it for a long time, but with a sale and a 20% off coupon at Bed Bath And Beyond, I was able to buy this.  For me, it is a no-brainer if it works.  Reviews online are good about the AreoGarden, so hopefully, I'm delighted with this.

As a kid, we grew up with a big garden, and I miss that.  Sure, I live in Florida but now that were into the colder months, weather lows are unpredictable.  If I can grow anything inside, I'm all for it.  I dislike going to the store and buying produce that has been sprayed with gallons of pesticide and coated with wax.

We are running our lights for 17 hours starting at 6 am.

In our AreoGarden, we planted mint, cilantro, rosemary, baby greens, salad greens and romaine.

First Week - AreoGarden

  • 12/07/17 - Day 1: Planted Seeds
  • 12/08/17 - Day 2: Nothing new showing up today yet.
  • 12/09/17 - Day 3: Baby Greens is beginning to emerge.
  • 12/10/17 - Day 4: Salad Greens is now beginning to emerge.
  • 12/11/17 - Day 5: Romaine is now up and emerging.
  • 12/12/17 - Day 6: Baby Greens growth has pushed the dome cap off
  • 12/13/17 - Day 7: Rosemary emerging.

Day 1 - AreoGarden 12/07/17

Day 2 - AreoGarden 12/08/17

Day 3 - AreoGarden 12/09/17

Day 4 - AreoGarden 12/10/17

Day 5 - AreoGarden 12/11/17