Planting Salsa

You might have noticed that the main photo of my blog is an AeroGarden full of delicious herbs. Well, they were delicious. But, like all herbs, their time eventually came to an end and my AeroGarden has been sitting empty for the last few months.

So it's probably about time I planted at least some of the seeds that I bought a few weeks ago. And when it's the dead of winter and I'm shivering in my non-waterproof boots that I foolishly wore out to my parking lot covered in puddles, there's nothing I want more than some food to remind me of home.

This is how I, despite knowing the limitations of my AeroGarden, ended up planting four tomatillos, two jalapenos, and one habenero. Mmmmmm, salsa!

My biggest regret, really, is that I didn't add any cilantro. Truly, such a shame.

Okay, so how is this actually going to work? My tomatillo seeds say they grow up to four feet tall and are supposed to be planted three to four feet apart. Problems? Well, maybe just a few...

  • The AeroGarden pods are about an inch and a half apart.
  • The lights only extend upward enough to accomodate a two foot plant.
  • The three pepper plants will be robbed of light by the tomatillos.

This was a great idea, really.

Okay, it's not actually all that bad, I just need a plan for transplanting the tomatillo plants in six to ten weeks. Which I will tell you... when I come up with it.

In the meantime, this was my first time replanting the AeroGarden. Because the system is so super easy, I of course tried to make things more complicated, not only with my unconventional plant choice, but also beause I once again tried to get fancy with my nutrient solution. That, however, didn't quite go as planned.

If you read my post on planting English Ivy , you may already be familiar with my experimentation with General Hydroponic's Flora series of nutrients . I was very excited about trying this series out with different types of plants, but on further inspection, it turns out that I am allergic to some of the components of these solutions. To the credit of General Hydroponics whom I emailed asking for details about what does and does not get absorbed and broken down by plants, they were very nice and prompt with their reply. Unfortunately, they did say they cannot guarantee that I won't be allergic to the plant if I use their nutrients, so I probably should not eat anything I grow with them.

As annoying as that is, I do have some AeroGarden Liquid Plant Food left. It is formulated to work for tomatoes and peppers, among other things, so it should work fine. I'll have to keep researching nutrient solutions to see what my options will be going forward.

So to make a long story short, here's how I replanted my AeroGarden...

What I Used

Steps

I basically followed the built-in instructions on my AeroGarden for planting tomatoes and peppers.

Starting Stats

Tom

Seeds Toma Verde (Tomatilla) from Seattle Seed Company
Nutrients 8 mL of Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Liquid Plant Food in shared reservoir with 2 gallons of tap water
Light source AeroGarden LED
Date planted 1/3/17

Tohm

Seeds Toma Verde (Tomatilla) from Seattle Seed Company
Nutrients 8 mL of Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Liquid Plant Food in shared reservoir with 2 gallons of tap water
Light source AeroGarden LED
Date planted 1/3/17

Little T

Seeds Toma Verde (Tomatilla) from Seattle Seed Company
Nutrients 8 mL of Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Liquid Plant Food in shared reservoir with 2 gallons of tap water
Light source AeroGarden LED
Date planted 1/3/17

Enchilada Bait Ooh Ha Ha

Seeds Toma Verde (Tomatilla) from Seattle Seed Company
Nutrients 8 mL of Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Liquid Plant Food in shared reservoir with 2 gallons of tap water
Light source AeroGarden LED
Date planted 1/3/17

Enfeugo

Seeds Early Jalapeno (Jalapeno Pepper) from Seattle Seed Company
Nutrients 8 mL of Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Liquid Plant Food in shared reservoir with 2 gallons of tap water
Light source AeroGarden LED
Date planted 1/3/17

Caliente

Seeds Early Jalapeno (Jalapeno Pepper) from Seattle Seed Company
Nutrients 8 mL of Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Liquid Plant Food in shared reservoir with 2 gallons of tap water
Light source AeroGarden LED
Date planted 1/3/17

Senor Spicy Pants

Seeds Magnum Habanero (Habanero Pepper) from Seattle Seed Company
Nutrients 8 mL of Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Liquid Plant Food in shared reservoir with 2 gallons of tap water
Light source AeroGarden LED
Date planted 1/3/17