I know I’ve seen talk about these in other threads, and that a few people here have them, so I’m looking for some firsthand experience with them. I’m considering buying one of the Farm 24 units - I want to grow tomatoes, peppers, lettuces and an assortment of herbs.
I’ve been reading some of the reviews on the Aerogarden site itself, but since I’m often skeptical of reviews (like the ones where someone rants about a product, but it was because of user error, not a fault of the product), I wanted to ask if anyone had any of the issues I saw complaints about.
First, I saw a complaint that the “Farm Basic” wasn’t tall enough to grow tomatoes in (the Farm Plus and Farm XL seem have taller maximum heights) though a customer service rep replied that you need to prune them so they are more bushy and less tall. If you’re growing tomatoes in an Aerogarden, which unit are you using, and do you find it perfectly servicable?
Second, I saw another complaint about fruit gnats. This could be a deal breaker for me, because the last thing I want is a kitchen (and living room, since we have an open floor plan) full of gnats. My suspicion is that the person in question probably doesn’t maintain their plants very well, but I wanted to be sure. Do you have trouble with gnats around your Aerogarden? If not, I assume you’re maintaining the unit properly? (Which I’m guessing means changing the water when it needs changing, keeping the plants pruned, etc.)
Finally, any other suggestions or recommendations for these things? Things you wish you knew before you bought one?