This doesn't really work well as a poll... Of what you've tried, what grows best in an Aerogarden? Not necessarily what you like best, but what worked best?
Fruiting vegetable : Peppers.
Leafy vegetable : Romaine lettuce, with no more than 3 plants per pod. Looseleaf lettuces a close second.
Herbs : Basil and dill.
Ornamentals : Coleus best. Snapdragon, petunia, twinkle phlox also very good.
Fastest to harvest : Looseleaf lettuce and basil.
Best yield : Romaine lettuce and basil (productivity + longevity).
The AG is a lettuce machine! Toms are doing well so far. Cucs are a bit iffy for me. Going to bloom nutes tomorrow.
My Super Chile peppers are without a doubt the best all-time plant I've ever grown. The romaines, red curl and choi are a close second. Basil, chives and mint have done very well without much effort as did greek oregano 'til I let it bolt.
It's got to be the lettuce for me, the AG original and a seed mixture of radicchio, arugula, endive, orach, mizuna, kale, mustard and corn salad.
The tomatoes would have been good, if I had a better AeroGarden model. They were just to fast growing for my Classic, hitting the lights and having to be cut back constantly, although it didn't help with the aeration and GH nutes.
Sorry Beth - I suppose I'm going to have to say cucumber also, after a confusing start about what phase of nutes to feed, they are now producing fine.
I know it's cheating, but the lights have been used to grow rosemary, thyme, strawberries and carrots (enough said about them!).
Just stumbled across this site today and already loving it. I purchased a Pro 200 Aerogarden in December. My first try was with basil, chives, and thyme. I transplanted the seedlings and they are still alive. They all did well for someone who has never gardened before. They all have been great tasting.
I am now growing a Burpee Maxi bell pepper and a Burpee 4 Way, which is a pimento. The plants are now about 9 weeks old. They have buds on them but they are dying and falling off. The foliage is lush and green . I have noticed a slight yellowing of the lowest bottom leaves the last couple of days.
I would do pictures but don't have a digital camera. I have been following Aerogarden's instructions to the T. This means setting the lights correctly, feeding them nutrients, keeping the tank filled with filtered water from the tap.
Anyone have any ideas for me on how to save these precious little buds that are falling off?
I look forward to getting to know everyone and thank you for such an informative site.
Welcome Shirl! Peppers like more nutrients than normal. It's been too long since I've used AG tabs but if you have a small tab to add in between cycles it would probably help. Following AG's advice to top with water and add tabs when the lights flash makes for weak nutes at the end of the cycle, especially for peppers.
Shake or gently brush the flowers to pollenate and according to AG, filtered water is not recommended for some reason, Brita especially being mentioned for some reason. All my AGs use plain unfilltered city tap water and do just fine but your water could be different, especially if it's well water.
Enjoy all the knowledge here, Peat's one of the best, gisette never gives up and I'm just here for entertainment. Enjoy and ask away!
Hi, Shirl/Blackthumb, welcome!
It's interesting that you say the lower leaves of the peppers are yellowing... When my peppers were underfed, it was always the newest, top leaves that got yellowish, not older leaves. When the lower leaves got yellow, it was generally due to aphids or lack of light. If lack of light, that's not really a problem, though you might check for bugs.
But what I'd recommend is dumping the whole nutrient tank and replacing with distilled water and 2 Large AG tabs (assuming you're using the Master Gardener kit?)
Or... you're not trying to grow peppers with the herb nutrients, I hope? They really aren't the right formula for flowering plants, and that misfit would get worse when they try to flower, like they are now...
Or... peppers drop flowers if they get chilled at night (but that's below 60, I think). And I think a lot of pepper varieties simply drop their first flowers without setting fruit no matter what you do - like, they flower before they're really mature enough.
Anyway, some ideas. And fertilizing the flowers, of course, as BB said. All we can do is throw ideas out there, and you decide which of any of them fit.
Good luck, and thanks for the kind words re the site!
Hello Shirl and welcome.
It's usual for plants to show yellowing in mid to late growth on older leaves - cut them off when they turn completely yellow. If you are having too many though, it's a sign of Nitrogen deficiency, this starts with the older leaves first.
As for your buds falling off, here are a few links to AeroGarden, not sure if you have seen these? Apologies if you have.
Check out what Bruce & Gisette have said, they have covered pretty much everything between them.
I hope they recover for you.
lettuce for me, the AG original and a seed mixture of radicchio, arugula, endive, orach, mizuna, kale, mustard and corn salad.
BTW, Peat - you do realize that nothing on that list is a lettuce, right? Most of them are brassicas (cabbage, etc. family). I only mention it because real lettuce grows much better in an Aerogarden than the brassicas do.
Lettuce & Basil are my best so far. Having trouble with tom & green beans but hoping for the best.