Originally posted on July 17, 2017

Before starting a new Seed Pod Kit, you’ll want to clean your garden for a fresh start. Be careful you don't throw away your filter by accident! It's easy to do when removing plant roots. filter for AeroGarden pump

Start by dismantling your garden and cleaning out your plants and any leftover roots.

Roots can grow into the filter, so be sure to clean it out and reinstall after you've finished cleaning the bowl. If the filter looks too worn, replace the filter to prolong the life of your pump.

While you are doing maintenance on your garden, you may want to consider using Airstones. This will give plants growing in older model gardens that use aerators and bubblers an oxygen boost for better growth! 

After each planting, you should clean and sanitize your AeroGarden. This helps prevent the growth of root pathogens that can destroy your crop.

If you have a dishwasher:

  • Put your grow deck and bowl in the top rack of the dishwasher
  • Run through a regular cycle
  • Reassemble and start your next garden

 

If you don't have a dishwasher:

  • Fill the bowl with either water and a ¼ cup of chlorine bleach OR just 5 cups of distilled white vinegar. No need to use water if you're using the vinegar. Vinegar will also help prevent and clean up mineral deposits in your garden.
  • Let the water pump or aerator circulate the bleach solution for 5 minutes
  • Empty the bleach solution, rinse well, and then fill with clear water (no bleach)
  • Allow the pump or aerator to circulate the clear water for 5 minutes
  • Empty and rinse once more to ensure that all bleach is rinsed from bowl
  • Reassemble and start your next garden