Aerogarden Greens 2015

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Another year, same dominant crop. smiley

The latest new lettuce trial - Arctic something - isn't as good as Nevada summercrisp (the Pro100 7-podder and the right-hand Mini). Have to keep trying things, I suppose, but... I really like Nevada summercrisp. And I've tried a lot of lettuce varieties. This latest new one was supposed to be red (it isn't, even a little), has tip burn on the same nutes I was feeding the other 2 AG's, and is already bolting - in my office, in winter, where it rarely reaches 70 degrees. It's several weeks younger than the summercrisp next to it, same age as the 7-podder summercrisp.

 

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Age 7.5 weeks and bolting.

Age 7.5 weeks and bolting. Not too impressed with this grow. The summercrisp is growing weird in stringy pseudo-heads, and the Korean lettuce isn't red, it's scabby. I did have to give it some tap water at one point (spring was very dry, no rain), but...

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Age 5.5 weeks - moved into

Age 5.5 weeks - moved into the kitchen yesterday, when I finally retired the Pro100, my first Aerogarden.

I put the Pro100 in the garage - can still use it for seed-starting and such. The light-only Deluxe and 2 minis I sold during a tag sale last week to a young guy in the neighborhood who's very enthusiastic. Great to hand them over to a good home!

The Korean red lettuce (left) remains not-red. Good enough harvesting now, though.

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Age 3.5 weeks. Look pretty

Age 3.5 weeks. Look pretty good, a bit slow.

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The lettuces in the new

The lettuces in the new AG7LED are starting to look like lettuce. Age 2.5 weeks, I think. As in the UltraLED, the red lettuce is not very red. Which is weird. Why would that be? A red lettuce prefers to reflect off red light, and it's getting red light, so it's ... not red. I don't get it.

Cut and come again did not work on the summercrisp lettuce - the stumps got overgrown and died. But I haven't cleared out the Pro100 quite yet.

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Greenthumbgramma - yeah!

Greenthumbgramma - yeah! Salad bowl is an exuberant lettuce. smiley I don't grow looseleaf varieties anymore (prefer the crunchier types), but salad bowl was very productive.

Thanks for sharing about Prizehead - that looks good! Looks a lot like the Korean red lettuce, and probably easier to buy seeds for. The Korean red's thing is that it's strong enough to use as a food wrap, like a spring roll.

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I am having great harvests

I am having great harvests with Green Salad Bowl. It is a heritage lettuce with oak shaped leaves. Very tasty. Arugula is doing well too. I wouldn't plant Black Seed Simpson again because as I cut leaves from the outside the stalk gets taller and taller. The other varieties are more spread out. Prizehead is also lively. 

I run a humidifier under the shelf. I've had no leaf spotting or drying. 

 

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I always am looking for

I always am looking for frugal ways to use half broken things. I immediately thought "great machine for seed starting'. And then I realized why I got the tiered shelf with double hoods to make a grow room...I have so many  machines going, and  there are no more surfaces .... and how many outlet strips can a gal overload before she burns the house down?

I dumped out a few machines 2 weeks ago and am committed to doing the same when the older ones start to break down .

My 2 faves are still the old Classic 7 and the SS6.

 

Good to know about the summer crisp. I tried Dragoon this year and it did GREAT. I am wondering how it will do indoors in the summer this year . Lettuce dies on me in this hot apartment during the summer, but the Dragoons seem to be a sturdy leaf.
 

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My 2007 Aerogarden Pro100 is

My 2007 Aerogarden Pro100 is finally reaching The End. crying A stupid problem - the spring sprung in the lamp arm, so I can't raise the lights anymore. It still works, other than that. But - bought a replacement AG7LED. It has an air pump, instead of a water pump - that was a real disappointment. But I didn't send it back...

Planted the new LED AG with summercrisp, and some Korean red lettuce Beth sent me - yay, Beth! I've missed my Korean red. yes Anyway, should be great test plants for the new system.

Oh! Cut-and-come-again seems to work on summercrisp lettuce. I didn't expect that. So, this final crop of summercrisp lettuce may keep going another month despite the hood support problem. Well, knowing me the Aerogarden might even get replanted, but... not in the kitchen corner. Weird jury-rigging does not go over well in a tiny galley kitchen.

I turned off the 3-podders a few months ago, and may never replant them. I replaced the hard drive in my computer with an SSD, and with the dratted air pump from the AG minis off, I like the quiet in my office.

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