New to Aerogaren, I have THREE Units... need setup advice

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New to Aerogaren, I have THREE Units... need setup advice

Hi,

I recieved 3 Aerogardens for Christmas. 3 pod "Sprout", 6 pod Elite LED, 9 pod Bounty Elite Wifi.

I have quite a few seed kits and need some advice on which unit to plant each seed kit in (I wanted to mix some). Here are my initial thoughts after doing some reading on the different kits:

I've heard Lavender is difficult to grow indoors, so I thought I would try 3 of the 7 Lavender pods in my "Sprout" unit, in case some or all do not grow, I still have  pods left.

In my 9 pod Bounty, I have 6 pod Heirloom Salad Greens(medium growth), I considered adding 3 of my Gourmet Herb pods(kit of 9) to complete the 9 openings....

In my 6 pod Elite, I have a 3 pod Mini cherry tomato kit(medium growth). I've heard it's not good to crowd tomatoes, so should I leave the 3 extra openings empty or can I insert 3 more of my herb kit?

The 9pod herb kit has 2 Genovese Basil, 1 each of Thai Basil, Chives, Thyme, Dill, Mint, Curly Parsely & Italian Parsely.

I would prefer to plant the basils(tall), curlyParsley(short), Italian Parsley (tall), dill (tall)or Thyme (short) (chives and mint are less important to me)

Or should I plant my 6 pod lettuces in my 6 pod Elite, and put the 3 tomatoes in the Bounty and use 6 extra openings for herbs?

I know that I should put tall in the back, medium in middle or along sides and short in front. 

Does anyone have any advice as to if my plan sounds ok....or offer any alternatives?

Thank you....so glad I found this forum!

Sandee

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Thank you Ginger! Would you

Thank you Ginger! Would you then suggest I put a few of the Lavender in the 9 pod Bounty along with some of my herbs?

I REALLY appreciate your very informative response!

Sandee

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Welcome, Sandee!

Welcome, Sandee!

Sounds like you've got a handle on the sideways geometry of the problem. Maybe less on the vertical and time axes. :)

Lettuce is short-lived. Tomatoes very very slow. Herbs are a bit slower than lettuce (basil is faster to harvest than lettuce, though.) And you want the lights adjusted to be just above the plants. And along with this difference in timescale comes a difference in nutritional needs. Don't ever put tomatoes and lettuce/herbs in the same Aerogarden. They're not compatible feeders.

So I'd recommend the three-pod tomatoes in the 3-pod AG, 6-pod lettuce in the 6-pod AG. But if there are herbs you don't want in the herb kit, you could buy a packet of lettuce seed (I like Nevada summercrisp, or Little Caesar...), scrape out the herb seeds you don't want, and plant lettuce in those, and try to keep them grouped with the faster-growing basil so they don't crowd out and suppress the slower-growing herbs like thyme and the short parsley. You'll have dead area in part of the Aerogarden after the lettuce are finished. So I'd put the lettuce in back or wherever you think would benefit from more sideways space later in life. Like 2 of 5 holes in the back or something.

Aerogarden put certain things together in those kits for a reason.

Hope that helps.

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