Do these hydroponic type kitchen herb gardens work?

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Well they delivered it late last night I assembled it filled it with water and two nutrient tablets and set in the herb cups in the holes and covered each with a domed lid!
Now it is automated plugged in and does everything but add water and change light bulbs basicly! LOL Have any of you used it or worked with hydroponics!






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« Reply #1 on: 12/10/2007 14:51:57 »
Oh yeah I forgot to say that this growing session will consist of chives parsely basil, mint, italian basil, dill, cilantro, purple basil. It says 8 weeks .. for some reason I always thought Hydroponics was some faster, perhaps this is a bit different or I was wrong!

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« Reply #2 on: 12/10/2007 15:17:14 »
I've had some experience with hydroponics.... but not related to garden herbs
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« Reply #3 on: 12/10/2007 15:34:35 »
I have a box of cherry tomatoes I will plant the second time round.. Are they harder to grow in the water!

Hydroponics are fascinating and you can leave the item to grow and take what you will. We did that with lettuce on the ground anyway!

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« Reply #4 on: 23/10/2007 04:34:57 »
Here is the new picture we are on day 12...




They have grown a lot.. tomorrow the last dome comes off..
 They have not died yet like everything else I grow! LOL YIPPEEEEEEE!
« Last Edit: 23/10/2007 04:37:30 by Karen W. »

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« Reply #5 on: 23/10/2007 05:16:32 »
Doesn't the state of California allow you to grow marijauna for medical purposes? [;D]
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« Reply #6 on: 23/10/2007 06:16:11 »
Yes with a perscription and a limit... I don't do that stuff. LOL Shame on you!

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« Reply #7 on: 23/10/2007 06:18:39 »
they make these things in units of three and they hang on the wall.. they are great so far..! I haven't had to do anything but put the water in the first time and take domes off when tops came through the cardboard discs.. easy so far! A light will come on when I am supposed to add second set of nutrients..

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« Reply #8 on: 27/10/2007 19:57:48 »


Day Sixteen I added nutrients and water last night!

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« Reply #9 on: 30/10/2007 20:38:13 »
That looks so  [8D] Karen, almost like the hydroponics bay in Star Trek  [;D]

I'm a wee bit jealous I must confess but perhaps this 'thing' is the answer to my growing problems. Our ground floor flat gets very little natural light and so far pretty much everything I've tried growing has died. The window sill is the only semi-ok environment but it's above the heaters (ancient system here!) and so in winter, as in now, they boil to death, poor things.

It looks pretty big though..... and I wonder if we have something like that over here (though were I'd put it is anyone guess)

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« Reply #10 on: 30/10/2007 21:49:05 »
They can be bought in stacks of three! that hang on the wall over the top of each other.. So far they are working great... I will send you a link if you like they can be bought over the net..

Mine has started to collect dust I see I better dust it! LOL! I want a set of the three that hang on the wall. I bought the cherry tomato packs.. and if I don't buy another I will not see my cherry tomatoes LOL!
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« Reply #11 on: 31/10/2007 20:53:21 »
How much electricity does it use?
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« Reply #12 on: 31/10/2007 21:26:50 »
Probably as much as a sunbed  [::)]~ judging by the brightness of those lamps

Lucky plants!  [;D]

At least they don't need to hop on a plane for 10 hours to catch some decent sunshine
(living in the UK can  definitely have it's drawbacks)

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« Reply #13 on: 08/11/2007 09:12:08 »
How much electricity does it use?

iT DOES NOT SAY HOW MUCH ENERGY IT TAKES BUT The pump and lights are set on a timer according to what your growing.. herbs on one schedule tomatoes on another flowers on yet another!

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« Reply #14 on: 08/11/2007 09:26:13 »
Probably as much as a sunbed  [::)]~ judging by the brightness of those lamps

Lucky plants!  [;D]

At least they don't need to hop on a plane for 10 hours to catch some decent sunshine
(living in the UK can  definitely have it's drawbacks)

I forgot to nip my basil so I will do it tomorrow first tastes of the basil and the chives Today! I will post this picture now as I need to trim it and lower the light a tad.. they all need to stay the same height and I had a bad week and my basil went crazy on me.. LOL its getting tall and lanky!






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« Reply #15 on: 27/11/2007 14:01:00 »
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This is after we started harvesting last week. We have been pinching tops out of the basil almost every other night! It is delicious! 2 varieties!
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« Reply #16 on: 27/11/2007 14:07:41 »
How much electricity does it use?

This is what I found:


 The AeroGarden system has been designed for maximum efficiency. The entire system uses less energy than a single 60-watt light bulb.

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« Reply #17 on: 03/04/2008 23:25:47 »
Next I am planting cherry tomatos! The other is just now dying back some.. so we will go with some new stuff.. Yummmmmmm!

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« Reply #18 on: 03/04/2008 23:27:25 »
Probably as much as a sunbed  [::)]~ judging by the brightness of those lamps

Lucky plants!  [;D]

At least they don't need to hop on a plane for 10 hours to catch some decent sunshine
(living in the UK can  definitely have it's drawbacks)

I forgot to nip my basil so I will do it tomorrow first tastes of the basil and the chives Today! I will post this picture now as I need to trim it and lower the light a tad.. they all need to stay the same height and I had a bad week and my basil went crazy on me.. LOL its getting tall and lanky!







Wow oh wow!! This is fascinating!!

They grow so fast?!?

How much was the equipment??

Very sexy!!
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« Reply #19 on: 03/04/2008 23:28:15 »
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This is after we started harvesting last week. We have been pinching tops out of the basil almost every other night! It is delicious! 2 varieties!

It is amazing!?!?! How long has this been now??

Is that pumpkin also?? On the right..
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« Reply #20 on: 03/04/2008 23:36:35 »
That was my pumpkin from Halloween.. LOL I keep them until they are no good.. but usually I cook them before they go.. that one was just aesthetic to my eyes! LOL He was cute!

That picture was from November 27th and we are down to just basil one variety! now... I am getting ready to kick it out of the garden and plant the cherry tomato's!

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« Reply #21 on: 03/04/2008 23:40:53 »
started on the 12th oct. picking by the week before the Nov. 27th of  so around thirtyseven days harvest started.. just tops etc..
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« Reply #22 on: 03/04/2008 23:46:26 »
Wow.. Only a month and half!

Do you think AeroGarden is better than out in the REAL world? [:D]

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« Reply #23 on: 04/04/2008 19:49:31 »
Wow.. Only a month and half!

Do you think AeroGarden is better than out in the REAL world? [:D]



For me and the  digging and weeding is all eliminated they make units of three for 300.00 and some odd   
dollars.. I like them.. I wonder how much better the ground would be but it is still going and we have been harvesting since Nov. 27th this is into the 4th month of harvest for this batch!

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« Reply #24 on: 04/04/2008 19:51:36 »
sorry seany your last post i accidently posted in it before realizng i hit modify not post... all fixed.

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« Reply #25 on: 05/04/2008 00:00:10 »
sorry seany your last post i accidently posted in it before realizng i hit modify not post... all fixed.

LOL LOL it is okay [;D]
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« Reply #26 on: 05/04/2008 00:01:42 »
Wow.. Only a month and half!

Do you think AeroGarden is better than out in the REAL world? [:D]



For me and the  digging and weeding is all eliminated they make units of three for 300.00 and some odd   
dollars.. I like them.. I wonder how much better the ground would be but it is still going and we have been harvesting since Nov. 27th this is into the 4th month of harvest for this batch!

I think this is good as the real ground!!
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« Reply #27 on: 05/04/2008 00:36:16 »
pretty much.. it comes with nutrient tablets.

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« Reply #28 on: 05/04/2008 09:40:11 »
Wow that's good.. Approx how big is the unit??
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« Reply #29 on: 05/04/2008 10:57:08 »
oh it is about wr inches long by aroundwo inhes deep and the light adjusts up and down aboutwf to e? inches tall, poximately!

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« Reply #30 on: 05/04/2008 19:42:47 »
Hmm.. I think your shoulder is still not better!!!!... I did not get any of the figures there!! LOL!

But I went to COSTCO today!!



It's my fave american shop like thing!!

And I saw Aerogarden!! I expected it to be about the size of a dining table!!! But it was tiny.. [:P].. It was very cute though.. on sale for about 100 pounds.. ($200)
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« Reply #31 on: 21/06/2008 17:53:18 »
Hi, I just wanted to let you know about a new Aerogarden Community website, there you can share photos, swap seeds, share recipes and share tips and tricks about maintaining your Aerogarden.

( Sorry luke We cannot use the link as it is advertising...)   karen w.

Thanks
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« Reply #32 on: 23/06/2008 21:16:08 »
That is a fascinating thing to do Karen W and it looked so nice too. What I would like to know, please, is whether this apparatus can be built at home from scraps (I'm in the UK). Is it a special type of light bulb or is it an artificial daylight type and do you know what the nutrient was?

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« Reply #33 on: 30/06/2008 15:28:46 »
That is a fascinating thing to do Karen W and it looked so nice too. What I would like to know, please, is whether this apparatus can be built at home from scraps (I'm in the UK). Is it a special type of light bulb or is it an artificial daylight type and do you know what the nutrient was?
I do believe its a special very bright grow light which is set  up on a timer. I would think that one could build one from scraps using a simple plastic container with a lid wth holes cut out to fit like medicine size disposablle cops a starter pots with the bottom opened up in quarters.. I wll try to post you some pictures to your messages, showing you the cups and how the seeds come shipped etc.
 As far as the light goes I assume it is grow light, theirs has a specific end made to fit the hoodfd of the gardens top. but I am sure a properly spaced grow light placed two inches above the plants as they grow will be appropriate.
I used a bit of miracle grow after I ran out of nutrient.. I think it was similar.. I will investgate for you.

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