The Aerogarden is a compact unit operating on the Ein Gedi Aeroponics method.
The aerogarden units are economical on power with the Farm using $8 per month, the Bounty $3 per month, the Harvest $1.5 and the Sprout less than a dollar. If you go on price per pod the Farm will cost about $2 for 6 months growing ( tomatoes), while the Harvest will cost $0.98 for 4 months (salad greens).
So that’s how much it will cost you to run the different units per month – what about if you grow a single crop – what would that cost you. I have done all the calculations below and I don’t think it is too bad.
The other thing to remember is that you won’t be growing just a single crop you will be loading up the Farm, Bounty, Harvest or Sprout.
Whats in an aerogarden
The Aerogarden units consist of :
- A grow bowl
- A grow table
- A grow light
- A recirculating pump
- A controller unit
Out of these parts the pump, controller and lights all take power.
The lights take the bulk of the power with the pump and controller taking a very small amount.
Lighting up times
How long are the grow lights on for each different controller position.
This will determine how much electric they are using during the day.
There are typically five mode selections which have different on/off timings for the lighting.
|mode||lights on||lights off|
|tomatoes||16 hours||8 hours|
The older models have compact fluorescent lamps which take 26W each and typically two were fitted so 52w, with the newer led lighting it is slightly lower power, but the main benefit is lifetime.
You needed to change the cfl bulbs every 6 months whereas the minimum lifetime of the leds is 3 years, but even then they are only going dim rather than failing…
The power taken by the main models is :
- The Farm is 126W
- The Bunty is 48w
- The Harvest is 23w
- And the Sprout is 13w
Calculating the watts per day
To get the watts per day you multiply the power by the on time.
So we have:
|hours||farm (126w)||Bounty(48W)||Harvest(23W)||Sprout (13W)|
What is the Cost per month
To calculate the per month cost you multiply the cost per day times the number of days in the month.
Based on 13c per kwh and 14.4 p per kwh and 30 day months
Prices for electric average correct april 2020 and subject to change.
|model||kwh per month||price ($)||price (£)|
Different seed pod kits grow time
The different kits show the different grow times of the plants.
these times are based soley on the kit times, and as i have said in other posts i have had basil going for over 5 years and chilis, which are still going, after 10 years.
So these growing times are based on the seed pod kit times.
|seed pod kit||germination||lifetime|
|cherry tomatoes||8-10weeks||6 months|
|salad greens||3 weeks||3-4 months|
|herbs||4 weeks||4 months|
|flowers||4 weeks||4 months|
Aerogarden model cost of growing crops
we can now calculate the cost of growing the single crop in each model of Aerogarden
We have the cost per day.
We have the lifetime for the seed pod kits.
so a multiplication of cost per day by the lifetime will give the cost per crop.
I will show all four models and two crops per model.
The tomatoes and the salad greens, the herbs and flowers are very similar so can be taken as this cost.
But this cost will be reduced as there will be other crops grown alongside.
So i will also show the cost per pod for each of the models
The Farm has 24 pods, the Bounty 9 pods, the Harvest 6 pods and the sprout 3 pods
|model||crop||kwh||price($)||price per pod ($)|
So what does this mean for the aerogarden
So it pays to keep the pods full of plants – when you remove one, if the next one will get enough light to germinate properly then plant it up – or wait till the whole crop is over and replant from scratch.
Added on top is the cost of a 3 oz bottle or 1 liter of nutrient, this will keep you going for up to 2 years…
but the enjoyment you will get seeing your crops growing .
And knowing what went into it, without the pesticides or herbicides that are used berfore, during and after growing in the soil.
You will get the satisfaction of healthy happy plants that you grew and know that it will not cost you the earth to grow.
I hope that this has helped put your mind at rest that the Aerogarden range will not cost a fortune to run and is worth a try.
Thanks for reading
I have been growing plants hydroponically since 2009. For years before that i was reading books and looking at systems and saying ...no way...
But once i had taken the plunge with the tomatoes outside, then there was no stopping me.
I tried out most of the systems and started to refine them, getting the plants to grow more efficiently.
Now I am more interested in indoor hydroponics and the challenges it presents. Being able to control the environment, feeding the correct nutrients and giving the correct length and type of lighting....