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PART 3 AeroGarden Review – The First Three Weeks

PART 3 AeroGarden Review – The First Three Weeks

This post is part three of our AeroGarden review series.  In part one, AeroGarden: Going Green and Eating Clean – A Review, we discussed our reasoning for selecting the 24XL Farm Aerogarden model and the additional supplies we purchased. In part two, AeroGarden Review – Setup and First Planting, we shared our experience with constructing our AeroGarden and beginning our lettuce growing journey.

For part three, we are going to share about our first few weeks as Aeorogarden farmers.

When we began our garden, we expected it to take around a week to begin seeing our lettuce sprout.  We couldn’t have been more surprised or excited to see ALL of the seed pods sprouting just 24 hours later. The first few weeks were amazing with our new lettuce plants with, what we felt, was rapid growth. 

Rapic Growth – PART 3 AeroGarden Review

Then disappointingly, the lettuce appeared to stop growing and the leaves started becoming a bit burnt and brown around the edges. We did some research and realized the OceanSolution 2-0-3 Plant Food we were using did not contain all of the nutrients required by our lettuce to grow.

Browning Leaves – PART 3 AeroGarden Review

So, we switched our plant food and used the AeroGarden Liquid Plant food that was included with our purchase.  The plants became much healthier and began noticeably growing again in about a day.

Healthy Lettuce – PART 3 AeroGarden Review

Within the next week after switching the plant food, we were able to have our first small harvest!

First Harvest – PART 3 AeroGarden Review
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PART 2 AeroGarden Review – Setup and First Planting

PART 2 AeroGarden Review – Setup and First Planting

Welcome to the second article of our AeroGarden review series!  In our last post, AeroGarden: Going Green and Eating Clean – A Review, we discussed our reasoning for selecting the 24XL Farm Aerogarden model and the additional supplies we purchased. 

In this post, we will be sharing our experience with constructing the AeroGarden and starting to grow our first plants. When our 24XL Farm AeroGarden model arrived, we couldn’t have been more excited!

24XL Farm AeroGarden in Box – PART 2 AeroGarden Review

Our first step was, of course, setting up the AeroGarden. This process was both easy and complicated at times.

The simple part of the setup was that the instruction manual was very straightforward to understand and follow.  The steps listed were few in number.  Most were easy to accomplish.  The difficulty with the setup came in trying to screw in some of the bolts.

We found aligning the Aerograden so that all the bolts would fit was near impossible and ended up excluding several of the bolts from our installation.  Regardless, the model is still very sturdy.  The exclusion of a few bolts does not seem like it will be an issue for us during our growing experience.

After setup, we waited a few days and decided to start growing our seed pods.  We selected the Heirloom Greens Seed Pod Set.  The 24XL Farm AeroGarden model has two grow boxes that each can contain two gallons of water.  We filled each with a ratio of two-thirds filtered water and one-third tap water.

Setup and First Planting – PART 2 AeroGarden Review

We added 0.5 oz, of our Ocean Solution 2-0-3 plant food, per gallon of water.  

Keeping the Cats Out – PART 2 AeroGarden Review

Finally, we want to keep our cats out of the AeroGarden and lettuce plants, so we also set up our Expanding Willow Trellis.  It was the perfect size for the 24XL Farm AeroGarden model.  The trellis came with small, black zip ties which were the perfect size for and matched the AeroGarden perfectly.

Expanding Willow Trellis – PART 2 AeroGarden Review