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Have a passion for growing fruits and vegetables, but never had yard space for it? Don’t worry. Now it’s possible to grow all these at your home.
Enter the Aerogarden. A completely indoor, self-contained garden. It uses lights, temperature control and the magic (science actually) of hydroponics to grow plants.
And in this blog you’ll learn about the best plants and vegetables that you can grow in an Aerogarden.
Ready? Let’s dive in!
What Grows Well in an Aerogarden?
You have plenty of options when deciding what to grow in your Aerogarden. So ask yourself which fruits or vegetables you like and/or use the most.
Some of the easiest things you can grow in your Aerogarden can be divided into three categories:
Let’s take a closer look at these one by one. Want to skip ahead? Use the contents table above.
Best Vegetables to Grow in your Aerogarden
A great way to start Aerogardening is by experimenting with vegetables. By experimenting, we don’t mean mixing different seeds and growing a new vegetable!
Just try your hand at these vegetables you can start:
Growing tomatoes in your Aerogarden is simple. And the best part is you can grow tomatoes all year round!
It’s very easy to look after tomatoes once you’ve planted them in your Aerogarden. You can also try growing cherry tomatoes if you have a small space in your Aerogarden.
You just need to buy a tomato seed pod kit and follow the instructions provided. You’ll start getting fully-grown tomatoes pretty soon.
Another vegetable you can easily grow all year round in your Aerogarden are peppers. It’s a staple in cooking so it makes sense to grow them in your Aerogarden. All you need to do is to buy the pepper seed pod kit and plant them.
Make sure to leave enough space between each plantation, since peppers need room to grow. They also need plenty of nourishment from time to time, so make sure you keep feeding them regularly.
If broccoli is a regular ingredient in your diet, you can grow it in your Aerogarden easily. Although you can’t find broccoli seed pods in the market, you can very easily make them at home.
Just buy broccoli seeds and the seed pod kit for any vegetable. Now insert up to three seeds each in the grow sponges, and place them in the plastic grow baskets.
Finally, put them in your Aerogarden and wait for it to grow. You’ll be enjoying homegrown broccoli for dinner!
Ah the eggplant – a nutritious vegetable high in fibre and low in calories. And it’s easy to plant and requires minimal care, ideal for growing in your Aerogarden.
They also need ample space to grow. So make sure you plant them further apart, putting no more than 3 seed pods in your Aerogarden.
Eggplants also need height to grow, so your Aerogarden should also be tall. Consider models that have enough vertical clearance if you plan on growing eggplants.
Best Herbs to Grow in Your Aerogarden
Just like vegetables, you can also grow fresh herbs in your Aerogarden. And they’re much easier to plant. Moreover, since their seeds are smaller, you can plant them along with your vegetables or fruits.
Check out these herbs:
Basil leaves are among the most popular and widely used herbs. And they can be added to many dishes or beverages to give it a distinct flavor.
Ever had pasta or spaghetti from an authentic Italian restaurant? If yes, you have tasted basil. You can easily buy a basil seed pod kit and insert the pods in your Aerogarden.
Once the pods start to grow and you can see basil leaves, you can trim them from the top for use.
Here’s Aerogardens own guide to growing Basil.
Cilantro (AKA coriander) is another commonly used herb for seasoning. It typically requires cool weather to grow properly, but now you can grow it throughout the year in your Aerogarden. Provided you maintain the right settings.
It also requires little space to grow, so you can easily get your cilantro seed pod kits and plant them. Fully grown cilantro can reach up to 20 inches.
Best Fruits to Grow in Your Aerogarden
Now let’s look at fruits! Wouldn’t you love to pluck out the fruits from your own garden?
Here are the best fruits to grow in your Aerogarden:
Some Aerogarden models let you easily grow strawberries. This fruit requires a dry environment to grow and thrive properly. However, it will require more time, since strawberry seed pod kits are not available on the market.
But don’t worry. Because you can easily make your seed pod kits. You can follow the same process that I mentioned above, and buy strawberry crowns.
Since the roots are much longer, you’ll have to trim them a little before placing them into the grow sponge. Strawberries require a little more care than other plants. So make sure to check on them everyday.
Raspberries are great for desserts, beverages, smoothies etc. They’re also delightful to eat on their own and can also be combined with chocolate or yoghurt. The great news is, you can easily grow them in your Aerogarden!
The downside is that there are no seed pod kits for raspberries. So you’ll have to make them yourself. But the process is worth it. You can have delicious berries in no time at all.
How Long Do Plants Grow in an Aerogarden?
That depends on a variety of factors. First off, it depends on what you’re growing. Usually, vegetable seed pods last the longest, followed by flowers, salad greens, fruits, and herbs.
Typically, seed pods last for up to 6 months. But their longevity also depends on how you care for them.
People say their pods have even lasted for over a year!
For instance, if you’re planting tomatoes and taking really good care of them, you can expect them to grow within 8 to 10 weeks. This is probably the longest time you’ll need for any plant to grow in an Aerogarden.
You can see the first signs of salad greens within 3 weeks from the time of plantation. Herbs will take a little longer to harvest.
So, now you know how simple it is to grow your favorite vegetables, fruits and herbs in your Aerogarden.
I hope you found this post helpful and that it encouraged you to start planting some seeds in your Aerogarden.
Feel free to check out our other articles related to Aerogardens and similar topics.
Thanks for reading, and all the best for your Aerogardening!