Unpack the Box

Your Aerospring consists of an approximately 75 litre bucket, a lid for the bucket with a small service port, 9 or 12 hexagonal planter sections, a shower head with lid, 9 or 12 water pipe conduits and a water pump with hose and connectors. Your starter kit also includes all the neccessary liquid nutrients and a seedling kit - seeds not included.

You'll need to find an ideal spot around the house to accommodate your Aerospring - preferably a balcony, terrace or a sunny spot in your house with access to an electrical outlet.

It only occupies less than a square metre of space. Try to avoid a space that is exposed to full sun throughout the day. A few hours of full sun with some shade throughout the day or partial sun is ideal.

Assemble the modules

Once you've found an area around the house to set up your Aerospring, begin by mounting and securing one of the hexagonal planter sections to the base to the lid with three screws. Thread and connect the first water pipe conduit to the base planter, then start building the sections by inserting one hexagonal module into the other followed by threading in another water pipe conduit.

Finish the assembly by affixing the shower head and lid as well as clicking in the water pump hose to the water conduit connector on the underside of the bucket lid.

Fill the bucket with water to the fill line.

Place seedling cups into the individual grow sites of the Aerospring, making sure that any visible roots are placed into the pods of the hexagonal chamber.

Plug the water pump into an electrical outlet and switch your Aerospring on!

Maintenance

Once set up, your Aerospring garden maintenance routine should take no more than 5 minutes a day. Leave the pump on 24/7 - Water constantly flows through the system and hydrates the roots even on hot days. A timer can also be employed to turn the water pump on and off at repeat set intervals. You'll need to top water up if your plants drink a lot of water and trim any wilting leaves & foliage from your garden regularly. Inspect your garden for bugs frequently and treat infestations by spraying your garden with horticultural soap sprays or other organic pest control formulations. Your monthly maintenance includes emptying the water in the bucket (you can use the water to fertilise some of your soil plants), refilling it with fresh water and re-dosing the nutrients.

Finally, you'll need to grow some plants. The starter seedling set includes only rockwool cubes and vermiculite due to export restrictions on seeds. Purchase seeds from your local garden centre. Choose plants to suit your climate. Some seeds will emerge within days, others require a little more time. For those who want to skip the entire seedling process, we offer young plants for sale so that you can enjoy your first harvest sooner!
 

Nutrition

Both hydroponic fertilizers and those intended for use in soil contain the three major nutrients: Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium.

The major difference in hydroponic fertilizers is that they contain the proper amounts of all the essential micro-nutrients which fertilizers intended for use with soil do not. Plants are expected to find these elements in the soil, assuming that the trace elements are in fact present. Problems can arise for the plants if any or all of the micro-nutrients are not present in the soil or are depleted by successive (or excessive) plantings.

Developed by German experts in agricultural plant nutrition, Aerospring Gardens' HexGrow nutrients from Compo are a complete minerals based nutrient solution specifically designed to promote the growth of all types of food and flowering crops in the tropics.