If I could only put the smell of these aeroponic strawberries into words. Not to mention the fact that they are really, really, ridiculously good looking. I can’t wait to eat them.
Not bad, huh? What are you waiting for? Go buy an AeroGarden and start growing your own!
During the waiting period for the replacement light from AeroGrow, I started wondering why I was unable to go to a store like Home Depot or Lowe’s to pick up a readily-available fluorescent grow bulb. My curious nature led me down the path to deconstruct the grow light that left us before it’s time. This of course led to destroying the glass tubing to get at the internal ballast and wiring. You should not try this at home by any means. Glass can cut you. Fluorescent bulbs contain Mercury.
Ballast Circuitry - Front and Rear views
What makes this little guy AeroGarden light so special anyway? Furthermore, why do AeroGarden’s grow bulbs cost ~$19.99 when you have alternative ~1450 Lumen, 26 Watt varieties available at 40%+ lower cost? I do understand that AeroGrow’s business model depends on your purchase of said lights, but I always love a project.
What if we could build an adapter out of the shell of the old light? Perhaps a socket for a similar fluorescent light? Could this save us money in the long run? Here is a pair of 26 watt GE Spiral lamps for $11 bucks. Nearly half the cost for better light. Let’s compare the Underwriters Laboratories-accepted specifications:
|AeroGarden Grow Bulb||GE Spiral Bulb|
|Light Output (Lumens)||1450||1700|
|Estimated Life (Hours)||6000||8000|
Interesting… this could be a viable option for us. However, size could be a factor inside the cramped AeroGarden hood. We will keep investigating.
Once again, we look to our roots. This time, an individual photo of each of our seven strawberry plants is included for your root-viewing pleasure:
As you can see, a few of these plant root systems do not seem to be growing. :(
The weeks keep ticking by and it is time again to rinse out and feed the AeroGarden. If you need directions, click here. Meanwhile, let’s see the photos of some of our budding berries:
Quite the runner:
With the good sometimes comes the bad. Unfortunately our inner right plant seems to be in pretty poor shape. I will remove the dead leaves with a pair scissors according to the directions in the AeroGarden Strawberry Patch manual.
Check out this bird’s eye view photo of the AeroGarden’s growing surface after being removed from the bowl during the rinsing procedure. You can easily see how much better the left side is doing compared to the light-deprived right: