Plant Prototype

March 23, 2007

Lauren, Lloyd, Prototype

I was watching a commercial for the AeroGarden, a hydroponic thing that sits on your countertop and costs $150 to have fresh lettuce and tomatoes. Well, not being a gardener but definitely being a tinkerer, I decided to make my own.

As with many things, I made it first, then checked out how to do it. Turns out that the AeroGarden isn’t just a hydroponic garden, but an aeroponic garden – meaning that the roots get sprayed with nutrient solution. Yeah, that ain’t happenin here. I’ve got plastic cups, cotton balls, and seeds.

Behold thy components!

(I also bought a grow-light for the fluorescent light that’s always on in the basement. Total cost: about ten bucks.)

There are holes in the bottom of the cups. I'm not stupid.

So here it is two days later, and I’ve got germination!

basement garden

Aww…they’re so cute…

Baby lettuce - I'll devour you someday.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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5 Responses to “Plant Prototype”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Vegetables need BRIGHT light to grow healthy. You need to get some of those marijuana lights if you want to grow lettuce and tomatoes in your basement. But it’ll be a little more than ten bucks. Maybe you could sell your aeroponic vegetables to the treehuggers in town for a profit…


    • Beth Said on:

      What do you know about marijuana lights? Is that why we don’t ever get to see what’s behind those doors in your basement? Huh? Huh??


  2. Lauren Said on:

    Could I just hike the whole thing up so it’s right under the light? That’d be pretty dang bright. On second thought -- healthy schmealthy. Nobody’s going to eat these things -- it’s purely to see if they can grow at all. (I’m no gardener.)


    • Peggy Said on:

      What do you mean you’re no gardener? You got stuff growing in cotton for pete’s sake, that’s darn amazing. And Brad’s got a plant growing out of a piece of wood … what the …? I have some seeds I was going to plant in a pot with soil, but on second thought I think I’ll plant them in a Hunts Snack Pack Chocolate Pudding cup & see how it goes!


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