AeroGarden Sprout LED Garden 2: Week 9 – 10 Update

AeroGarden Sprout LED Garden 2: Week 9 – 10 Update

After 10 weeks of growing herbs in my second AeroGarden Sprout LED, the five lessons I learned after 10 weeks in my first Sprout LED were reinforced.

Today’s maintenance involved emptying the water reservoir and cleaning it, adding a cap-full of nutrients and refilling the reservoir, harvesting and lowering the lights, and removing mint that was growing in the water. Again, even with the added maintenance, this took less that five minutes.

AeroGarden Sprout LED Garden #2 Week 9 Condition Before Harvesting Herbs

After nine weeks, the chives and mint continue to do well without any issues.

Both my mint and chives continue to do very well. The mint continues to grow not only up, but also reaching towards the lights of the other gardens.

At Week 9, the lights in my second AeroGarden Sprout LED still haven’t needed to be extended to its fullest height, which is rather surprising to me. You’ll understand why when I show you a picture of the mint after six weeks in my AeroGarden Farm Plus on Thursday. All that said, both the chives and the mint are in good condition.

AeroGarden Sprout LED Garden #2 Week 9 Maintenance Details

I continue to get substantial mint harvest.

Maintenance remained the same as ever: feed, water and harvest. There was really nothing special. This week, that changed after the five lessons I learned after 10 weeks with my first Sprout LED.

AeroGarden Sprout LED Garden #2 Week 10 Condition Before Harvesting Herbs

This is the first time I’ve had to extend the lights to its fullest height in this garden.

For weeks, I’ve been having to extend the lights to its fullest height in my first Sprout LED. The time has finally come with my second Sprout LED. The chives are really starting to fill out now after a few harvest and are growing faster than ever. Chives are supposed to be a slow grower, but this chives in this garden have always grown faster than the other plants. That rate of growth is now even greater.

AeroGarden Sprout LED Garden #2 Week 10 Maintenance Details

I added a new step to this week’s maintenance: clean the water bowl and fill it with completely fresh water and nutrients, after what I’ve learned.

While the root systems are tangled with each other, they aren’t destroying each other like in my other Sprout LED.

The root systems on both the chives and the mint are very healthy. They are living in good cooperation and not destroying each other like the Genovese basil in my other Sprout LED. I really wish I had decided to inspect the root systems earlier so I could have discovered a fun surprise sooner.

There are a number of mint arms growing in the water.

Finding mint growing underwater was a fun surprise! It makes me wonder, had those plants made their way through the top of pod if this mint would be as massive as the mint in my Farm Plus? One of the underwater mint — the one you see starting to mold — was very difficult to cut out. That was another added step this week: cutting off all the mint that was growing underwater to lessen the plants fighting for resources.

Again, with all these added steps, it still took less than five minutes for this week’s maintenance. Once the above was done, I harvested the chives and mint. It was the most bountiful chives harvest to date. The mint harvest was about the same as previous weeks.

After 10 weeks, the chives harvest is beginning to be substantial.

How I Used The Last Two Week’s Maintenance of the AeroGarden Sprout LED Garden 2 for Mental Health Gains

The last two weeks of journal entries for my second Sprout LED.

I’m still having pretty good mental health gains but I’m still very ill.

Just like last week, journaling today helped a bit with that because it forced me to slow down and not just push through my illness.

Thursday is the Week 6 update day for my AeroGarden Farm Plus. Trust me when I say, you won’t want to miss that!

If you have any questions about today’s AeroGarden maintenance, questions about using the AeroGarden for mental health benefits, or questions about AeroGarden-ing in general, please feel free to ask them in the comments!

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Jules Sherred
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Jules Sherred is a gender noncomforming autistic disabled trans man. He has lupus with many secondary disorders, including but not limited to, psoriatic arthritis in every joint, fibromyaligia, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic migraines, and antiphospholipid syndrome -- a bleeding and clotting disorder. He also has Complex Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (C-PTSS). He has found great physical and psychological relief in Instant Pot-ting and AeroGarden-ing. After coming up empty trying to find disability resources, written by disabled people, on how to create a disability-friendly kitchen and garden that has multiple benefits, he decided to take matters in his own hands by sharing what he has learned.

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