The Education of an Indoor Gardener

I started with a Bounty Elite early in December 2017, to grow fresh herbs in my kitchen.  I live in a high rise condo with a northern exposure and there’s no other way to grow food.  I’ve expanded to a second Bounty Elite and 3 Sprout LEDs for more herbs and hot peppers.  The herbs are doing fine, the peppers are just getting started.

Being a scientist by education, I started measuring EC and pH.  I was mindlessly adding AeroGarden nutrient every 2 weeks as recommended, but found that the EC in the Bounties was way too low, maybe because I wasn’t harvesting enough.  Similarly 2 of the Sprouts with the peppers hadn’t sprouted yet, the EC was still 2.0 after 2 weeks so there didn’t seem to be any reason to add more nutrient.  I adjusted the feeding and things seem fine.  I’m using a Hanna pH checker and a Hanna Primo TDS tester.  I keep one pod hole unplanted to facilitate the sampling, covered of course.  I saw that Peat’s Guide recommends the Bluelab Truncheon EC tester, but it’s way too big for the AeroGarden, it has a hard time fitting through the pod hole.

I’m so encouraged by this that I ordered a Farm Plus, to grow tomatoes, hot peppers, sweet peppers, and salad greens.  I’m starting mostly with AeroGarden pods, with a couple Burpee seeds too.

One word of advice:  As for any microprocessor based device it’s wise to use a surge suppressor.  I had one unit fail, I suspect because it was plugged into the same electrical outlet as the refrigerator, which cycles on and off and causes spikes.  I haven’t had a problem since I added it.

Wally R


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Ooh, I hope you'll share your

Ooh, I hope you'll share your results with the Farm, Wally. I haven't seen those in action yet. :)

Good point re the surge protector.

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