Aeroponic System Basics


| 2/28/2014 3:59:00 PM


Tags: aeroponics, indoor gardening, seed starting, Pennsylvania, Erik Thiel,

Growing lettuce and other leafy greens indoors with an aeroponic system in a south-facing window in the basement seems like a wise move. Growing anything seems like a wise move, I suppose. However, the short days during this long winter has soil-growing 30-day Asian greens at only 2-inches in height, although they were sowed over 30 days ago.

Overview of Aeroponic System

I hope with the use of an aeroponic system, growing 30-day Asian greens can actually take somewhere around 30 days. However, I do not plan on using indoor lights to make this happen, just the south-facing window. Anything that makes the electricity bill go up is strictly forbidden at this time. Plus I don’t want passerby's to see an indoor light and some dude with dread locks. I’ll have the neighbors, riff-rats, and cops thinking I’m up to something. Or worse – someone will break inside and steal my Asian greens!

For right now I will explain the most simple, basic steps to growing lettuce with an aeroponic system. First, we will go over what aeroponics is and what our goal is, then we’ll talk about the initial expenses, touch on pH and nutrient solution, and last, we will hope the sun provides enough life-giving rays long enough each day to grow these Asian greens in 30-days.

About Aeroponics and What I Want to Accomplish

Aeroponics, like hydroponics, deals with growing plants without using soil. Once soil is taken from the equation, all that is left is water, air, and nutrients. The air becomes the growing medium rather than the soil. It is then left to me to measure the nutrient solution, or the fertilizer being mixed into the water. The lid must be secure to block out all light from hitting the roots dangling inside the aeroponic system; therefore, the humidity will stay at 100 percent while oxygen-rich nutrient solution sprays the roots all day.


martin
2/19/2016 1:52:44 AM

Hey Eric, great post i must say. You have posted a good and useful article. Today indoor gardening have increased among houses. Many people grow indoor plants in their area to grow organic vegetables and fruits. There is a proper way to grow your plants. You can buy indoor plants from hydroponic stores. You can find hydroponic stores near your location. Your blog will definitely motivate people to grow indoor plants. talking about aeroponics products, i would like to share with you a good online grow shop http://growhero.com/listings/.


d
12/26/2014 9:47:07 AM

Good informative article. However, I am wondering about the use of non food grade plastics for growing foods, particularly organic foods which you are growing specifically to avoid "bad stuff" in the foods you ingest. I am also wondering if the water sprayers used would be better swapped for a very very fine misting system. Or a fog. The smaller the water beads for the roots to absorb would be even easier and quicker intake of the nutrients etc. therefore even faster and better quality growth, I would think. What about room temperatures and air movement (fans?) etc for growing plants indoors aeroponics? Also, any knowledge about the Aero Garden by Miracle Grow? Anyone with experience with this? And is it made from food grade plastics? What about the nutrients etc that comes with it? How are they rated for use with organic foods? Any knowledgeable feedback and experiences on these things will be greatly appreciated! Better yet, a complete article on it (including options in containers, lights etc., and maybe video) would be so awesome! Thanks.




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