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Feeling discouraged
I recently was able to buy used 2 Classic 7 and 1 SS6 Elite, but am discouraged because I've read that it's really hard to grow enough lettuce(romaine) to eat say 3 times a week (1 person) and I can't find any posts that tell me how often and how many plants so that I can have a fairly consistent source of lettuce.

It appears to me based on the posts that the ag is used for starting plants and for experimenting with projects, not really for any regular consumption.

I welcome any help. Thanks

 
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Hi, Mary, Yup, that's the
Hi, Mary,

Yup, that's the one.

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 Hi Ginger, I love growing
 Hi Ginger,

I love growing lettuces to always have them on hand, and because they replenish so quickly.  I love your idea about the block to keep things in rotation, and see an even greater potential for toy choi given that it's a one harvest crop only.  I have yet to grow it for that reason, though I adore it.  So I went to Park Seed and saw several blocks.  Can I buy the smallest one here, and are the sponges transferable to aerogarden?
http://parkseed.com/park-starts-seed-starters/p/96939/

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Dunno anything about
Dunno anything about Ott-lites. Never seen anything variety-specific about lettuce vitamins.

I don't really like kale. I did grow it in an Aerogarden once - dinosaur kale (lacinato?) and dwarf curly blue.

If I had to cook all my greens I'd probably grow toy choi, but then I grow toy choi anyway.

A friend said she grew amaranth in her Aerogarden due to diet issues. On my to-try list.

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 Also, I can't eat raw
 Also, I can't eat raw vegetables so I boiled some romaine tonight and was surprised that it is very similar to kale or spinach. Who knew?

Do you think an Ott-lite would work as a grow light?

Last question, any thoughts on kale? Would I use the same procedure as I would for lettuce. Kale would be a healthier choice for me, but I can only eat it a couple of times a week. What I am aiming for is a rotation of kale, lettuce and spinach (which I would have to buy I guess)

Thanks again for all your help.




 

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 I just found your Indoor
 I just found your Indoor Salad website and I will definitely be getting your splasher refills for my ag in the future. Right now I have a $100 gift card at Aerogarden.com. Actually I had thought of using it to help pay for an Extra at some point because I also have a coupon for $50 off, but if I just grow lettuce I don't need it.

Do you happen to have a link to the nutrition content of the summer crisp? I have been on a very restricted diet for a year and as a result have vitamin deficiencies so anything I eat has to have good vitamin content. 



 

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Try this grow-log. It
Try this grow-log. It includes romaines and summercrisp. I used to like romaines best, before I met summercrisp. I still like romaines best outdoors, I think, because the beheading works well on them. (That trick doesn't work so well on other varieties of lettuce.)

And this grow-log shows my splashers, and frequently their yields, since I was doing acceptance tests on their configuration.

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For lettuce, you just grow
For lettuce, you just grow one pod in each pod-hole. For romaine, it grows best if you thin to a single plant per pod. Romaine takes a little longer to get started than the leaf lettuces, but it's worth it. There's not much body to leaf lettuces grown indoors.

Also, you have the option with romaine, once the plants are cutting-size (maybe age 5 weeks), of cutting every other one - just slicing it across the head, about 1" above the base. Then harvest the remaining heads one leaf at a time (no more than 1/3 of the leaves at a time), while the cut-off heads grow back. Then eventually, you can behead the other half, and cut the regrown heads leaf-wise.

Lettuce prefers very weak nutes.

If you take a picture of your lettuce every week for the first batch of romaine, you'll see the progression. I have a bunch of topics on this site named "Aerogarden Greens and Flowers", since I grow lettuce pretty much all the time. So you could consult my grow-logs, too.

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 I forgot to mention that I
 I forgot to mention that I would like to grow romaine lettuce.

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 Thank you so much for the
 Thank you so much for the info, you have given me hope especially because I just found out that I can't refund my Mother's Day gift card for $100.

Can you tell me how many pods I should put in each ag? SS6, 2 Classic 7 and then the exact (you would do) timeline for starting others on the side and how and when would I put those in the ag? Keep in mind I have never grown anthing so I know nothing.


 

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IMO, you're light-limited
IMO, you're light-limited indoors (with or without the Aerogarden), to the extent that it's hard to grow enough to supply all your vegetables, though it is possible with lettuce. (See my book if you're interested in other grow arrangements.)

With three Aerogardens, you could keep one person in enough lettuce for sandwiches plus a generous salad once or twice a week. For max production, a Park Starts block comes in handy. Lettuce is a puny plant until about age 2 weeks, so you can start replacements in the block on the side while continuing the previous grow. Then depending on the lettuce variety, you can start harvesting the new plants in 3-4 weeks (from seed, so maybe 1-2 weeks past Park Starts block, though they'll grow slower outside the AG.)

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