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Post-Pruning Report

Updated: Apr 11, 2022

2022.04.11 03:45

To begin with, the right-hand QYO system has been cleaned and placed back into commission. I stopped in at Big Lots just minutes before closing and bought eight gallons of distilled water to facilitate this. I have only planted two pods each of AeroGarden Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes and AeroGarden Mini Jalapeños.

Yes, the larger hot-house dome on the Cherry Tomato plant is a plastic condiment cup. The AeroGarden dome didn't want to fit - the label is stuck on off-center. I'm hoping this works, because one of the mini peppers is wearing one, also, visible in the top photo.

As stated, there are only four pods in use. The outer pair are the tomatoes, the inner pair are the mini peppers. The unused pods are capped. Aren't those cacti loverly?

Meanwhile, back at the iDOO, the lettuce is going nuts again. More pruning is called for - and since it's lettuce, I can eat the leaves. I have a container of grape tomatoes - "Wild Wonders Gourmet Medley" - to join said salad. Also, bacon, and crispy fried veggie garnishes.

The next three photos are all part of the advertising for the AeroGarden Harvest unit which, to my annoyance, will not arrive until April 19. That's why I put the QYO back in commission.

Since the Harvest has a small footprint, I think it will share space with the iDOO bucket. Looking at my choices (I have a drawer full of lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, and you-bring-the-seeds), I think I'll go with herbs.

2022.04.11 21:46

The top photos have been rendered semi-obsolete by the simple means of adding my only other Mini Jalapeño and relocating its mate to a different location than the one shown. There is, in fact, a fourth Mini Jalapeño pod, but that one is in the iDOO deck and is a month ahead, fully four inches tall. Naturally, I have searched the drawers for another Mini Jalapeño pod in order to restore symmetry, but...

At least that led me to an inventory of the Aerogarden pods still available, which I will refer back to now that it's in writing:

  • 2 Black Seeded Simson Lettuce

  • 1 Deer Tongue Lettuce

  • 3 Red Sails Lettuce

  • 5 Marvel of the 4 Seasons Lettuce

  • 3 Rouge d'Hiver Red Romaine Lettuce

  • 3 Parris Island Lettuce

  • 1 Romaine Lettuce

  • 2 Genovese Basil

  • 1 Italian Parsley Herb

  • 1 Mint Herbs

  • 1 Oregano Herbs

  • 1 Savory Herbs

  • 1 Thyme Herbs

  • 1 Chives Herbs

  • 1 Dill Herbs

  • 0 Rosie Finch Tomatoes (6 were planted. 2 survive, for now)

  • 15 Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

  • 6 Golden Harvest Tomatoes

  • 1 Mega Cherry Tomato

  • 0 Mini Jalapeño

  • 1 Pablano Pepper

  • 1 Bell Pepper

  • 1 package of Green Onion Seeds

  • 12 3-oz bottles of Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Liquid Plant Food (plus one in use)

  • 2 each 100-mL bottles of Plant Food A and Plant Food B (plus one each in use)

  • Sufficient empty pods and seedless pod sponge inserts for every position on all the units, with leftovers, and too many hot-house domes.

Of course, this led to an inventory of the Click&Grow pods:

  • 12 Basil (I'm not fond of basil, and a three-pack came with each unit. They grow like the weeds they are. Three were planted initially. Two were discarded. I'm eyeing the last one...)

  • 2 Mini Tomato (one just planted)

  • 2 Red Sweet Pepper (1 planted and growing)

  • 2 Yellow Sweet Pepper (1 planted and growing)

  • 1 Chili Pepper (2 Planted and growing)

  • 1 Purple Chili (2 planted and growing)

  • 1 Red Bok Choy (5 planted. 2 harvested and eaten)

  • 0 Piri-Piri Peppers (1 just planted. 2 killed by over-watering)

  • 2 Experimental Pods - Add your own seeds. (I think the onion seeds will be next. One was used with some kind of tomato seeds))

Somewhere, currently misplaced, there is a packet of seeds (six varieties) which include pear tomatoes and some other type. It may be those tomatoes that are thriving in the Smart Garden.

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