AeroGarden Seed Starting Trial

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Instead of planting small pots of seeds and starting them on a sunny windowsill, this year I’m starting them the AeroGarden way.

Every year I start my garden by planting tomato and pepper seeds in small pots, germinating them in my office near a heater vent and then putting them on the window seat in my sunny south-facing window. I’ve done this for years ending up with beautiful plants to place in my garden and to share with others.

This year I decided to try something different and use my AeroGarden to start my seeds hydroponically. Using the special seed starting insert and medium, I planted 13 different varieties of tomatoes and 3 kinds of peppers on March 20.

(Yes. I love tomatoes. All kinds, sizes and colors of tomatoes. There are Black Krim, Giant Belgium, Paul Robeson, Yellow Pear, Green Zebra, Black Cherry, and Marianna Peace to name just a few. Many of these are from seeds I’ve saved from previous years, but I did order some new varieties from the Tomato Growers Supply catalog.)

When I returned from a short trip 1 week later, I was pleased to see that most of the tomatoes had already germinated and the seedlings had emerged from the medium.

The photo shows the garden after 2 weeks. Most of the tomatoes have poked their little heads up, but the peppers are still considering it. I planted Poblano, Jalepeno and Paprika and they typically take longer to germinate.

I’m fairly happy with the results, so far. The advantages include no potting soil mess to deal with during planting and I was able to go away without having to worry about keeping the seeds moist.

The one complaint is the instructions say to plant more than one seed in each planting pod, so I’ve had to thin the tomatoes considerably. Seems like a waste to me.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my progress using this method. How are your seedlings doing these days?


 

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