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21st Century Tomato Growing

This is a discussion on 21st Century Tomato Growing within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Hi Everyone! I decided to invest in the latest in useless (almost) gadgetry and grow ...

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    Default 21st Century Tomato Growing

    Hi Everyone! I decided to invest in the latest in useless (almost) gadgetry and grow tomatoes the new way. Basically my patio is now so shaded by large trees (The neighborhood is now 29 years old) that I have no room to grow tomatoes the old fashioned way. So I got a special offer on an AeroGarden and decided to try it. So follow along as I attempt to grow 3 cherry tomato plants in this new fangled contraption with no soil.


    It came in a big box. Inside the big box was a medium box. Inside the medium box was the unit and a bunch of little boxes. Even a mechanical dumkoff was able to assemble it in about 2 minutes. So here is the unit:

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    After filling with water and the nutrient tablets, the unit does everything else, runs the water, turns lights on and off, tells you when to add more water, more fertilizer, etc. And it has programs based on the type of item you are growing. This fall I am going to try seed starting in it with the start you own seed kit that came with it.

    Here, after 5 days, are the results:

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    And here they are without their little domes:

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    So off we go on the adventure. I will thin the seedlings shortly to one per pod. I will update the thread as things progress, and we will see if I get those lush looking plants like you see on TV!



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    This is so cool! I look forward to seeing what will happen!

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    OK Diane! I'm hooked, can't wait to see what happens. Can you grow orchids in it?

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    Whoa! I was expecting to see one of those 'grow anywhere' boxes. This is definately higher tech!

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    a self contained hydoponic garden...cool!

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    Really high-tech, that is actually a cool design! I would try to grow something else from seeds in one of the pod if I were you (just to experiment) ..

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    That is interesting ! wonder if a Phrag. would like it ? Looking forward to seeing more pictures .. Gin

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    oOOohhh...AHHHHhhh!

    You could also grow paph and phal seedlings in that thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by clintdawley View Post
    oOOohhh...AHHHHhhh!

    You could also grow paph and phal seedlings in that thing
    Yeah, I think you could. Not seeds, but seedlings. Have to consider that for the next round after the tomatoes, when I have the gizmo figured out.

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    If all three plants grow you will have quite a jungle going on there. Please do keep us posted. I believe that Tami has the same outfit and grows herbs.
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