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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 12/6/2017, 11:00 am

I got the styrofoam version of the tray they make for the classic models free with some other purchase. With the switch to a plastic tray they've probably fixed the problem where the holes in the styrofoam tray were sometimes a little wrongly sized, resulting in a too tight or too loose fit for the plugs. Plastic is probably also sturdier and longer lasting. My styrofoam tray is missing a few bits here and there.

Here's why I didn't keep using mine:
Cost: The refill plugs cost about 30 cents USD (38 Canadian cents?) each (a bag of 50 is about $15 USD (?$19) for just the plugs). Compare that to the price of a bag of seed-starting mix and putting a regular seed-starting cell-tray atop the regular platform (i.e. just using the light portion of the aerogarden.)

Finesse required: I found I needed to use tweezers to put small seeds into the tiny holes in the plugs.
It can be tricky to remove the transplants without damaging them if the roots have grown too long. I guess it's the same for a cell tray, but it felt like the roots grew faster in the Aerogarden. It also felt weird pulling just the plugs that were ready and trying to figure out the best way to get the dripping things to the garden (since different plants were ready at different times.) They don't stay upright without the tray, and/but you don't want to expose the roots to air for long. Pulling young tomato plugs and putting them straight over into pre-filled small pots was easy enough, but getting plugs out to the garden was awkward.

And a minor point, while the plugs are biodegradable, they don't break down quickly. I still occasionally find them in the garden, still pretty identifiable - and it's been over two years.
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Post  yolos on 12/6/2017, 11:26 am

I bought the seed starting tray last year but for some reason that I can't remember, I did not use it to start any seeds last year ?????????????????????
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Post  trolleydriver on 12/6/2017, 11:38 am

Thanks Beetles and Yolos. I think it will be a no go for me on the seed starting kit. Last Spring I used just the light on the Aerogarden for starts in potting soil and that worked well (photo below). Of course I also have two 4 foot long fluorescent lights for seed starting/growing.


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Post  trolleydriver on 12/12/2017, 12:58 pm

The first sign of life in my AeroGarden is Dill.  Not much else going on yet.


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Post  saganco Yesterday at 8:10 pm

Ooooohhhh - so glad to find this thread!  I have the 7 pod one I got off FB and haven't used it yet because it's going to be the "starter" for the things that will go into the grow bags in the self watering indoor garden.  BUT I have to get my MM made first and my compost is no where near being done yet.  I'm planning on using the "empty pods" to start the plants I want to transplant, but since I'm probably a good month away (minimum), I'm not ready to start them.  But I do have some questions...  (fancy that, it never happens with me - LOL!)

1.  Would you guys recommend just transplanting the pod and all into the MM when the plants are tall enough?

2.  At what height would you recommend transplanting?

3.  What is the real purpose of the paper covers, and what can I use instead?  I didn't buy any of those when I got the empty pods.

4.  Do you see any potential problems with my half baked plan?
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Post  brianj555 Yesterday at 9:42 pm

Saganco,

Just curious, would you otherwise be ready to get started if you weren’t waiting on your home compost ?  If you were ready, why not pick up five 1 cubic foot bags of five different kinds of compost just to get you up and running.  Then you could use your own from then on to feed and replace ect. when needed. Just a thought.
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