If you have a balcony or small space in a townhouse, apartment or house and want to grow your own herbs and veggies - but thought you don’t have enough space, fear not. A small space can be as powerful as a backyard. Here is a great article from bunnings on growing your own veggies and herbs in a small space - click here.
The article breaks down the what and how of maximising growing produce in your small space, so lets take a look at this and how using an airgarden instead of traditional soil based pots, can not only save you time maintaining your plants, but double your yields and grow in 90% less space - lets face it, we need to be able to sit and enjoy our balcony or patio too.
What can you grow?
Having a small space doesn't mean you are restricted in what you can grow. Even plants like tomatoes, chilies and capsicums have small bush type varieties that don’t vine, grow in a compact form and produce an abundance of fruit. Types like Patio Roma, Pot Tomatoes or Tumbler Red & Yellows are fantastic and grow very quickly in an airgarden - think 8 weeks.
Herbs and leafy greens will grow with far less sunlight, which is great and also can be used in a “cut and come again” fashion. This means you can leave herbs like mint, coriander, dill and basil in your airgarden for 3-6 months and don't have to replant. Lettuces like Rocket, Cos and Looseleafs can be harvested from the outside in and produce for a good 6-8 weeks. There are actually 150 x different types of fruits, veggies, herbs and leafy greens you can grow in an airgarden!!!
How do you grow it?
Want to know how much easier it is to grow in an airgarden compared to soil and pots? Click here
According to the above article, a north-facing aspect is the best for all day sun. This is critical to grow things like tomatoes and capsicums. And youll need at least 6-9 hours of sunlight to grow fruiting plants. However, don’t fret if you only get 3-4 hours of direct sun - you can still grow herb and leafy green staples like mint, rocket and basil. And trust us you will be giving away greens if you grow in an airgarden, we grow twice as fast and yield more too.
Water (Pots vs Airgarden):
When growing in pots, your plants will need to be watered more regularly than if they were planted in the ground or versus growing in an airgarden . Growing in pots requires constant monitoring of your soil and conditions, drainage etc. If you grow in an airgarden, 30 x plants can be grown in ½ square metre and your watering is automated - all you need to do is check your water twice per week and add nutrients every second time you top up your water reservoir. So how much time does it take? 10 minutes, twice per week = 20 minutes per week! Compared to growing in pots, watering 30 x individual pots takes around 30 mins per day and at least 2-3 times per week. Using an airgarden will save you at least 60 minutes of watering & maintenance per week.
Soil vs Airgarden:
The bunnings article notes, “when growing in pots, soil quality is ever more important because the plants can’t search for what they need like they can if they are planted in the ground. Opt for a high-quality potting mix that meets the Australian standards (look for the red ticks on the packaging!) or even better, consider starting your own worm farm.”
Growing in an airgarden uses no soil, we start our seedlings in small coco coir disks that allow the plants’ roots to grow out of. These roots are suspended in a pot in air, and are periodically watered with a nutrient-rich solution. The watering process is automated and the nutrients contain everything your plants need to thrive and grow. Because the roots are suspended in air, high levels of oxygen around them create a super charged growing environment and super healthy roots - your plants grow 2 x faster than if they were in soil based pots. We think this is the future of growing food, and if you take a look around our website, we are pretty sure you will think so too. Happy gardening!!