Disabled Garden: AeroGarden Sprout LED Basics

Disabled Garden: AeroGarden Sprout LED Basics

The AeroGarden Sprout LED is the most basic of the AeroGardens, after the version for children. Just because it’s basic, doesn’t mean there aren’t things you need to know before purchasing one or two.

Below is a breakdown of some of the AeroGarden Sprout LED basics you’ll need to know if you’re disabled.

1. The AeroGarden Sprout LED Is Small and Can Be Placed Almost Anywhere

The measurements of the Sprout LED are 11 inches deep, 5 inches wide and up to 15 inches tall when the grow lights are fully extended. It weights only a few pounds when filled with water and pods, making it easy to move. It will easily fit on your counter tops, sideboard, hutch, a table near an outlet, etc.

The reason I say it can be placed almost anywhere is because if you have cats who like to get up on kitchen counters, you’ll need to figure out a way to prevent them from eating the herbs as they grow. If you have an open concept kitchen and living room, the lights will interfere with your ability to watch television and movies with the lights out. The hum from the water pump is louder than the hum from the pumps in the Farm Plus, so you may want to place it in a hallway, closet or dedicated laundry room.

Unlike the Farm Plus, your living space won’t be a barrier to purchasing one.

Because you can place the Sprout LED almost anywhere, you can benefit from the full-spectrum lighting that enhances mood without having to go far.

*Tip for Placing Your AeroGarden Sprout LED

This tip comes thanks to Elizabeth: If you’re worried that the lights are going to bother you at night when wanting to watch something, unplug and plug back in the Sprout LED as you’re going to be to reset the light cycle. If you go to bed at 11 PM (as an example), the lights and water pump will run between 11 PM and 3 PM.

2. Assembling the AeroGarden Sprout LED Takes Less Than 10 Minutes

It really is super easy to assemble. The 10-minute assembling time includes filling it with water, adding the pods and adding the nutrients, unlike the hours it takes with the Farm Plus.

3. The AeroGarden Sprout LED Lacks Accessibility Features

You will need to be more mindful when it comes to taking care of your Sprout LED. While there is a light that turns on when it’s time to feed your garden and there is a window that allows you to see the water level with a line that indicates when you must absolutely fill it, you will need to either put feeding/watering/harvesting days in your planner or keep the Sprout LED someplace where you’ll see it at least once a day.

4. It Takes Longer to Save Money with the AeroGarden Sprout LED

I purchased two Sprout LEDs because they were on sale and the cost was less expensive than buying my first starter choice: the AeroGarden Harvest, which is the six-pod model. You can only grow herbs in the Sprout LED because the grow lights extend to only 10 inches. Where I live, fresh herbs are so inexpensive that it’s a grocery cost that I don’t track.

Also, because the Sprout LED only comes with Dill, Genovese Basil and Curly Parsley, you’ll probably want to purchase the Gourmet Herb Kit so that you have a larger variety of herbs. If you catch the right sale, you’ll be able to also purchase the Gourmet kit with all three items costing less than the Harvest.

All that said, just because it will take more than a year to see savings, the Sprout LED is a great starter model to see if AeroGarden-ing is right for you before jumping into a more expensive model and bigger commitment. You will also reap all of the benefits of AeroGarden-ing.

5. You Harvest Herbs more Frequently in the AeroGarden Sprout LED

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Because the grow lights arm only extends to 10 inches, I’m finding I have to harvest my dill every few days. My dill grows super fast and wants to get really tall. So, you’ll find yourself extending the light height every day, harvesting at least once a week so it doesn’t block the light to other plants, and then lowering to the light arm. You need to keep all of your plants at relatively the same height so that they all benefit equality from the lights.

Because you have to tend to the Sprout LED so frequently if you have dill in it, you’ll experience the mental health benefits of AeroGarden-ing in a greater quantity. It takes less than 5 minutes to prune/harvest your plants and extend/lower the lights. The only real downside to this is mentioned in point three: You will need to be more mindful and figure out a way to make sure the Sprout LED isn’t out of sight, out of mind.

And that’s it! There really isn’t much you need to know about the AeroGarden Sprout LED that you can’t find in reviews. However, just like reviews of the Farm Plus, the reviews do lack the disabled lens. Hopefully the above will help you to figure out if the Sprout LED is right for you. And if you are anything like me, you’ll almost immediately experience the mental health benefits of AeroGarden-ing and will soon be saving to get a larger model.

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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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