Hello all, my name is Chris and I’m a newbie areogardner. If you are anything like me you probably are searching out questions like,
What is an Aerogarden?
How does the Aerogarden work?
How much does an Aerogarden Cost?
What are the cost saving to buying an Aerogarden?
I’m really excited to learn more about the Aerogarden as I think that it is an amazing concept. I started this blog a little bit late as I have already purchased and planted my Aerogardens. From here on out I hope to explore this fascinating new world of hydroponics and countertop gardening with you.
I’ve enjoyed traditional gardening for many years, and I can honestly say I really enjoy the cultivating of life. I find it quite therapeutic being out in the sunshine and planting, weeding, feeding and harvesting (especially harvesting). We’ve grown lettuce, carrots, onions, green onions, bell peppers, broccoli, Cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, and herbs. Our first few years in this arena we failed miserably. If we yielded any crop at all it was far less than picture perfect. Our broccoli turned out okay and our tomatoes thrived. We enjoyed onions, and a couple of small cucumbers, but we found that just about everything else wouldn’t grow, or wouldn’t grow well.
The first thing we decided to research was the soil. The soil we had in our backyard was very bad for gardening. We tilled the soil and planted our seeds. This was before we learned about starting the seeds indoors LOL. Some seeds took others didn’t. After tilling we thought our soil was great. We threw a couple of handfuls of Walmart bought fertilizer and called it good. We didn’t educate ourselves when to harvest, when to plant, how to space the plants, when to water, or anything related to harvesting. Our carrots grew short and stubby. Our lettuce grew small and bitter. Our corn barely grew at all. This was a frustrating experience. So we decided to educate ourselves.
We learned that our soil had way too much clay in it. Automatically I almost ran out and grabbed bags of sand to mix in, but that wasn’t being very educated. So we turned to the internet. We learned that organic compost was the best method . You can over sand the soil, but you can plant directly into compost. After learning about the benefits of compost, I ran out and got 9 pallets and built them into a compost bin. I’ll cover this in greater detail later. I also bought compost from the city’s green wast division, built garden boxes and have been growing great greens ever since.
One day when I was looking up the details about how to grow garlic I stumbled upon the concept of the Aerogarden! I fell in love at first glance. I ordered 2 right away and purchased a three shelf Aerogarden stand to go with it.
Now you are caught up with my little back story I hope to be able to share my experiences, triumphs, mistakes, and stories with you on this journey.
– Chris the Newbie Aerogardener
If you are an Aerogarden Enthusiast, leave your story in the comments below. I’d love to learn from you too!