AeroGarden Part 3

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The basil was doing great until the whiteflies that had moved indoors with my overwintering mint found the AeroGarden. Believe me, we did battle for several weeks. One nice thing about the AeroGarden is that you can lift the growing platform off the tank, turn the plants upside down over the sink, and rinse the flies off the plants.

We did eventually lose the basil due to a combination of factors: the whiteflies, and the pump. The pumps tend to get clogged with roots and sometimes even residue or debris from the nutrient tablets as they don’t always dissolve completely. I followed the instructions to clean out the filter and the pump, but it never started up again and mold and mildew began to grow in the tank. A huge disappointment, to be sure. The cost to replace the pump is $9.95, which is pretty reasonable given the importance of the pump. I do think that the filter is pretty flimsy and wonder if there isn’t a better solution for an item that probably costs pennies to manufacture. I’m looking into a filter that will still allow enough water to pass through but does a better job of keeping out the roots and the nutrient debris.

Previous Aerogarden Posts:

AeroGarden (12/5/2007)

AeroGarden Part 2 (12/13/2007)

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  1. Red Icculus says

    It makes me really sad to hear that. Indoor and outdoor plants don’t typically play well together. I had to deal with that last year.

    Now, I typically keep overwintering trees and plants in the garage. The occasional blast of cold air doesn’t hurt them.

    Are you going to try again with your Aerogarden?

  2. says

    Red, yes, I’ll probably try again once I’ve rid my home of those pesky whiteflies. They have moved on to my other herbs now and are wreaking havoc, so it doesn’t make sense to start up the AeroGarden right now.