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Fertilizers
 Hello,
I've just watched a youtube video with herbs thriving in aerogarden. The author is using some fertilizers instead of aerogarden nutriens and an additional air pump, and he has great results! Realized how slow my herbs are. 

Can you recommend some good, inexpensive and organic nutrients and ferilizers for aerogarden plants?

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Arian, I am very happy with
Arian, I am very happy with my AG Ultras and have only used AG nutes so far. I use purified water. Because I'm so anal, I prefer the CFL Ultra model that retains the stats on my plants if power goes out, and allows me to customize the settings. Right now I wouldn't touch the LED models with a 10-foot pole. I've been trying to post for several weeks, but just found out the AOL was causing the problem. I'm going to try to post some pictures of my herbs. Hope they come through. They were about 3 months old and I've had good harvests. That particular garden is finished and I just planted a new one. Valerie
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I think 140 ppm is about 0.2
I think 140 ppm is about 0.2 EC on my meter - the meters aren't very standardized. And herbs and greens grow best at about 1.6 EC - and 0.2 EC is about 12% of that.

So in effect you could be making the solution about 12% too strong for the plants. Whether that's what's happening, you can't really tell except by experimenting.

For instance, try using the 1 teaspoon (or whatever) nutes dissolved in a gallon of distilled or rain water - do the plants do better? If so, try 0.85 teaspoons of nutes in a gallon of tap water. Do the plants still do better than they did originally?

My EC runs 0.2 - 0.3, with pH ranging up over 8.0, so for greens, I stick to rainwater. I got tired of my plant results looking inferior to other people's. It's most noticeable on brassicas and lettuces.

As for whether the water's OK for you - well, I got myself a test kit to figure that out, and a Brita filter pitcher to make it taste better. Mine is apparently safe to drink, just crunchy with dissolved limestone.

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 I've forgetten to mention
 I've forgetten to mention that I got a TDS meter, and the amount of dissolved solids in the tap water is around 140ppm. Do you know if it's OK?

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 Here are my photos. Parsley
 Here are my photos. Parsley is 3,5 months old. Was very slow, and never grew more. Mint and basil are about 2 months old. Chives and dill are 2,5 months old. I have 10 days old red basil , instead of the one with root rot. 2 pods of AG cilantro never germinated. Now I got some cilantro seeds from the store here, separated the two seeds inside the shell, soaked for several days in water, and planted some in the AG and some in soil. And they are germinating now.
Tomatoes were planted on December 30 2013, i.e. About 3,5 monts old. There are 8 tomatoes on two of them (7 green, 1 red). The third one had only a couple of flowers and never set fruit. And there is one tomato in AG 3 (no photo)  which is about three months old only 3 inch tall. 
When you click on the photos you can see my pictures. 


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 I change the water every 2
 I change the water every 2 weeks before adding the nutrients. I've tried both tap and distilled water. No difference in terms of growth or well being. I'm in Toronto, and the AG people told me that the tap water is good here. 

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Hm. Wanna share a picture and
Hm. Wanna share a picture and the age of the herbs?

I'm all for experimenting. But if you can, I'd suggest experimenting with rain water first, and dumping/refilling the reservoir once every two weeks (every week is better). If tap water quality is the limiting factor, paying more for nutes won't help.

Edit: Er, by "dumping", I actually mean siphoning out the water (I use a bit of aquarium air hose). The dumping motion isn't helpful.

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 I am not happy with AG
 I am not happy with AG nutrients, when I compare my garden with others', who use other nutrients/fertilizers. So, I'll have to experiment too. 

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Interesting y'all have had
Interesting y'all have had such problems with Aerogrow customer service. It's usually stellar. They may be having some corporate merging pains.

Arian - I haven't used Aerogarden's nutes in years. Back when I used them, they were hydrophilic little tablets. Hydrophilic meaning the tablets sucked every bit of moisture from the room surrounding them and turned into paste. So you put them in a little plastic box in the freezer, and... Yeah, well, after I got my first set of Flora nutes, I never went back.

But people seem to get good results from their new liquid nutes. ("New" being - four years? )

I've always been an experimenter...

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 Thanks Ginger, do you use
 Thanks Ginger,
do you use these fertilizers together with the Aerogarden nutrients, or just the ferilizers?

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 Yes, they almost never
 Yes, they almost never answer emails, and not always know the right answers when you call them. 
Although I have received some replacements, but also didn't feel comfortable.

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