how does airgarden work?
your airgarden will come with a manual to walk you through these easy steps — you’ll be growing in no time.
take your airgarden out of the box, find an appropriate space that receives ample light, has access to electricity (your pump has a 10m long cord) and is on level ground. if you haven't purchased an airgarden dolly, ensure you have something under the base to keep the reservoir off the ground (to ensure the liquid nutrients don't get too hot or cold). A door mat, yoga mat, bricks or some timber lengths do very well.
your airgarden contains a seedling starter kit and a selection of the classic staple seeds (lettuce, kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, rocket, mint etc) to get you started, and a manual to guide you through planting your seedlings and how to check on them each day.
when your seedlings are ready to be transplanted (usually 7-14 days), fill the reservoir with fresh water and the airgarden 2-part nutrient solution and you are away!
place one grow cup into each of the 30 grow spots on your airgarden, and place your seedlings into their new homes, one by one.
once your seedlings are in the airgarden, fill the reservoir at the base with water, leaving 5cm of space at the top. add 220mL of part 1 and 220mL of part 2 of your nutrients and test the pH to ensure it’s between 5.5 - 6.5.
plug your pump into the timer. make sure the timer is set to 15 minute increments. the timer will run the pump on an incremental, automated cycle and deliver your 30 plants all they need to grow big, healthy and tasty.
once your plants are growing in the airgarden, maintenance checks are quick and easy. in normal temperatures, it is a good habit to check the water level every 2-3 days. if your water needs a top up, refill with fresh water and only add nutrients every second time you do this. check the pH levels (5.5 - 6.5) and you are done.
be sure to keep an eye on any leaves that are wilting or discoloured. trim any sick leaves and inspect for signs of pest damage. all of the above takes no longer than 5-10 minutes and beats kneeling and bending down in soil!
even though your airgarden is far less susceptible to them, kale and some other leafy greens can attract cabbage moths and aphids. check the underside of the leaves and spray insects off with either certified organic pest sprays (see Growing Guides and Tips & Tricks section for a list of these) or plain water.
the best part! you will find most leafy greens will be ready to pick or harvest within 14-21 days. simply pick the leaves you wish to eat and leave the rest to grow.
depending on the time of year and weather conditions, plants like cucumbers and tomatoes will bear small fruits around the 60 day mark.
you may also choose to harvest a grow spot in full and replace it with a new seedling. just repeat the steps above.