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New and haven't a clue!!

I am new to this forum and AerogardenMastery.  I've read and read and gotten more and more confused.  I haven't even gotten my aerogardens yet (have two coming).  So many terms and not a clue what any of them mean!  But still, I'm excited.

I did find a forum topic that mentioned Ginger's book and went to Amazon and "looked inside", it looked like just maybe I can learn something, LOL.  Hope it's not above this newbie's head!  But I did order it and really look forward to trying to understand what I am doing. 

I've never even gardened before so everything is new to me!  But, again, I'm excited!  Well actually, to show how uneducated I am in the garden arena, I did plant some tomato plants last summer.  I planted them in Miracle Grow and boy oh boy did they grow!  I ended up with almost 200 GREEN tomatoes.  No one told me not to plant them under the trees where no sun could get to them.  That's what I mean when I say I REALLY don't know what I'm doing!

I so want to grow some indoor plants.  

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LOL, not so high end Ginger!!

LOL, not so high end Ginger!!  I live in a very rural area outside a small town.  Very high unemployment in this area and my home is a 100 year old berm house.  But I love my area and home and am grateful for what I have!  God has been good to me!!

 

Just learning but so excited!

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Wow, that sounds gorgeous,

Wow, that sounds gorgeous, Sharon! A very high-end problem. smiley

Sounds like you could do a lot with raised beds and growboxes / earthboxes. And critter control. For some reason, the furry critters around here don't bother my crops. The insects are a different story, alas.

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Wow, I am learning so much

Wow, I am learning so much already!  I was worried, until I found this forum that I was on my own in this.  Thanks Ginger!!

I live in the foothills of the appalachians and there is so much rock and shale (even coal) on my land.  There is a great part of my property, that is cleared, that only grows strange weeds and moss!  Plus, I have well over 2000 acres of state land boardering my property and therefore I get LOTS of critters that enjoy the results of any gardening!

Just learning but so excited!

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Yeah, Mike's point is

Yeah, Mike's point is excellent. Too much nutrient is a common mistake. Also, Aerogarden suggests you always add nutrient to the same tank of water. I don't do that. I dump the water (almost) every week, and use a fresh tank and nutrients. But, following the kit instructions is a good place to start.

I don't have much land (it's a condo), so most of my outdoor growing is in containers. Sounds like sunlight is more of a limiting factor for you.

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Thanks Mike!  Your suggestion

Thanks Mike!  Your suggestion and Ginger's is exactly what I was hoping to gleem from this forum.  Too often I fall (like so many) under the assumption "more is better".  In the case of the aerogarden and nutrients I shall not do that now!

Just learning but so excited!

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Hi Sharon,

Hi Sharon,

Try to stick to the reommended nutrient levels, or less. Don't add too many nutrients. Adding too many nutrients will cause problems quickly. Especially on peppers and tomatoes. Greens are very good to start with. One of the easiest that I love is Shiro (Green) Pac Choi. It grows like a weed, and tastes wonderful. It is a cabbage, but tastes like it is crossed with spinach.

Mike

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Thanks Ginger!  I looked at

Thanks Ginger!  I looked at the "look inside" section and your book looks like it will have plenty of information and I may have questions!  :), but am looking forward to receiving it.

No, I'm not a perfectionist, however, I'm glad you warned me.  I did order a salad kit and plan on using that in my Bounty.  I also ordered a 6 LED which I hope to grow herbs in.  My main objective (at least at first) is to grow lettuce.  So your mentioning that it is easy and fast is encouraging!

Not too keen on tomatoes, but may try them sometime in the future when I feel more confident.  I am intrigued by all the information on this forum and hope someday to understand more.  I have terrible land when it comes to any green thing growing so I shall probably stick with the aerogardens or indoor gardening.  

Just learning but so excited!

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Welcome, Sharon – and thank

Welcome, Sharon – and thank you for ordering my book! smiley I hope you enjoy it.

Feel free to ask away! My personal first hint – start with lettuce in your Aerogarden. It's easy and fast. Start with a sense of accomplishment. yes I prefer romaines. Loose Leaf Lettuce is Limp. But the Salad Greens kit is very good. Herbs aren't much harder, so long as you're not a perfectionist. (Like, 5 out of 7 pods successful is good enough.)

Tomatoes... everyone wants to grow tomatoes. And although you can grow tomatoes in an Aerogarden, they're not easy, take forever, and can taste just as bad as those green ones. That said, if what you plan to grow is tomatoes...I highly recommend setting up your Aerogarden with its back to a window to get some sun. But since they're so slow, you'd have lots of time to study up!

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