Tips For Beginner AeroGardeners

It seems that many good boys and girls will be opening up brand new AeroGardens on Christmas morning this year, so we wanted to share these very helpful tips for beginner AeroGardeners, brought to you by Buzzfeed. You can get the Goodful brand Harvest Slim AeroGarden any time of year at Macy's stores across the country. Plus the new Tasty Sprout is now available, with four different seed pod kits!

Congratulations on joining the AeroGarden family. Happy growing!

16 thoughts on “Tips For Beginner AeroGardeners”

  • My Areo garden light turns itself off. It stays on ALL night and shuts off during the day. The first day I thought my husband turned it off so I turned it back on. If this is normal please tell me how to make it stay on in the day time and turn off at night. It is the Sprout & Sprout LED model. Thank you

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    • Hello Kathy! The Sprout LED garden has an automatic timer for the light that will automatically come one every day at the time you originally set up your garden. To change the time when the grow light comes on, simply unplug and replug in your garden at the time you would like your light to come one. For example, if you'd like your light to come on 7am, simply unplug your garden and plug it back in at the 7am tomorrow. From then on, this will be the time the light comes on, and it will stay on for 16 hours, turning off at 11pm. This is not the way other gardens reset their light timers, so only use this method for the Sprout and Sprout LED.

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  • Kelly Fitzsimmons December 29, 2019 at 2:59 am

    Why do some of the seed kits have (tall garden kit) next to them? Are these kits meant for a garden where the light goes more than 12”?
    Thanks for your time,
    Kelly

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    • Hi Kelly! Great question. Tall garden kits are meant for gardens that allow for 24" of grow height or more, like the Bounty family and Farm Plus and Farm XL gardens. These Seed Pod Kits contain tall, fruiting plants and need the extra height when fully mature. They will also come with just enough pods to ensure the plants are not overcrowded in the garden, so empty holes in your grow deck will be covered with the included covers to prevent algae growth in your water bowl.

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  • I have a Harvest slim garden with 6 pods. Can I mix 3 pod packs like 3 lettuce and 3 with the tomatoes and/or peppers or do I have to grow all 6 pods of lettuce or tomatoes/peppers?

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    • Hello Anne! We don't recommend mixing different types of plants, as they grow at very different rates forcing you to move the garden light up more quickly and crowding out the light for the slower growing plants.

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  • Just setting up my new elite garden and discovered that I used the whole bottle of plant food! The directions said add plant food and I never read the directions on the bottle . The pods are in place also. What can I do now to salvage the plants?

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    • Hi Evelyn! Just empty out the water and take out the pods. You can replant them once you get more plant food. You can buy plant food separately on the site here: https://www.aerogarden.com/accessories/liquid-nutrients.html

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  • Hi!

    I was wondering if you could suggest some plants I might try to grow as someone that doesn’t really eat vegetables. I ordered 3 Harvest Elite 360s, but I won’t get them until next week. Any ideas what I could try?

    I’m also thinking abut getting a Farm XL as I feel that would really open up my options for non-vegetables! So if you have suggestions there, too, I’d appreciate it!

    Thanks!

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    • You can always grow fresh herbs, perfect for Harvest gardens, or beautiful flowers! We have a large assortment of herb and flower seed pod kits to choose from. Good luck and happy growing!

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  • This is the first time after cleaning the tank my yellow "light" button won't reset. When I touch it to reset it, the whole system shuts down, pump and all. Then I touch the light again and it goes back on and stays on, no blinking and then off as usual. What could be the matter??

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    • Hi Nancy. I'd recommend calling our Customer Service line at 800-476-9669 (US) or 800-611-9058 (CAN) and explaining your situation. They'll be able to tell you if there is an issue with your garden or if it's something that just needs to be reset. Thanks for reaching out!

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  • I received the Harvest Model 100690-blk for a gift and I have a question regarding the plant food light and the add water light. When I push the buttons- nothing happens. The light stays on all the time. I waited for the 2 weeks before feeding again and the light never flashed to indicate to feed. My question is are the buttons supposed to turn those off and on?
    The light button does turn off when pressed.
    Thank you

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    • Hello David. These buttons are heat sensitive, and don't actually depress. The water light should only react when the water level is low. Then it will flash red. Otherwise, it just stays backlit in blue all the time. The Plant food light should stay backlit in green all the time, and flash red when it needs more nutrients. You can press the plant food button to run the pump if you want to, but it's not necessary. The light button is on the far right of your 3 button control panel. If you press it, it will turn the lights on and off. If you hold this button down, the button will flash and the lights will turn off and on quickly - this is resetting the automatic timer for when your lights will come on.

      If your nutrient button isn't flashing red every 2 weeks, you can try calling Customer Service at 800-476-9669 (US) or 800-611-9058 (CAN) and they should be able to talk you through any resets or troubleshooting that may need to occur. Hope this helps!

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  • I've looked through all the documentation, but the one thing I'm unable to find out is what the numbers mean on the display of my Harvest Elite. I assume the number on the left is the number of days the growing cycle has been on, but what is the number to the right of the clock?

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    • Hi Bruce - the number on the left is the number of days your garden has been planted. The number on the right is the number of days you have until your next feeding. So it's counting down from 14. There should be a little label on the garden right underneath that number. Hope that helps!

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