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« on: February 16, 2010, 05:54:23 PM »

As far as I can tell, nobody on this forum has successfully grown spinach in an AG.

My local hydroponics dealer says that they grow spinach hydroponically all the time. So I bought their Ferry-Morse Spinach (Bloomsdale, Long Standing - slower to bolt) seeds to give it a try.

Is there a reason why spinach would grow in other hydroponics, but not in AGs?
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2010, 02:59:02 PM »

Use good plugs as a grow medium, park seed starts are my favorite.
Definitely use some other nutrients besides the tablets from aerogarden.
Since you have the seeds, let us know when you plant them and we can all follow as you experiment.
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2010, 03:01:51 PM »

http://www.aerogardengrowers.com/index.php/topic,55.0.html

here is a link to what others have tried
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2010, 08:04:26 AM »

Thank, Shane.
Any reason to think that Park Seed plugs are better than AGs? (Other than the price.)
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2010, 08:56:32 AM »

I don't know much about Park Seed plugs (couldn't find a Canadian supplier).

However, General Hydroponics Rapid Rooters have more growing medium per unit and they are cheaper than the AG plugs. They help to provide an acid-rich environment for new seedlings so that they can utilize nutrients more efficiently.

http://genhydro.com/genhydro_US/rapidrooter2.html
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2010, 01:22:35 PM »

the park seed bio dome plugs are very nice, you can compare them to rapid rooters or perfect starts. Just happens to be the store brand for park seed company. i can get 120 for 11 dollars shipped.

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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2010, 01:33:16 PM »

Thanks, Shane.
Are these the ones that you recommend for AG Classics?
http://www.parkseed.com/gardening/PD/6565/
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2010, 01:46:11 PM »

yes they fit the veggie pro, all 6 pod machines, all 3 pod machines and if you MOD it (fancy term for ripping off half of the sponge) it fits the ag7's.

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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2010, 04:30:55 PM »

Thanks, Shane.
I got my plugs today.  I didn't know that they would arrive wet. Grin Roll Eyes Shocked 
How do you keep them from getting moldy?
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2010, 04:33:48 PM »

I've heard they dont get moldy but i dried mine in front of a fan on cookie sheets just to be safe. A quick soak brings them back to planting state. I dunk mine then insert the seeds.
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« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2010, 05:11:21 PM »

That makes sense, Shane.  I will do the same.

BTW, I won't be growing spinach after reading everybody's posts.  I am, however, sowing Park Seeds Baby Star lettuce today.They say that it's darker and more nutritious than regular romaine.
http://www.parkseed.com/gardening/PD/5169/

I'll keep you posted on the Baby Star!
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