I got an aerogarden several years ago mainly for a few herbs for pizza; it worked well but when I added tomato and pepper plants it was and the tomato plant took over. Upgraded to a Rise Garden with two levels; it has a lot more room and I'm pretty happy with it. I have tomatoes, sweet peppers, basil, a few other herbs, leaf lettuce, kale, and swiss chard. I get way more lettuce that I can use since I'm not a salad person and the mini Siam tomato plant produces for months. You can get one, two, or there levels; I have two levels.8
The Rise is a bit expensive; their seed pods and nutrients are expensive too. I got some generic empty pods from Amazon
and got some seeds locally but still mainly use the Rise pods. The app is pretty good at guiding you thru the weekly maintenance and gives good advice on pruning and harvesting but it is geared towards their seed offerings. When some plants get large, they get thirsty and I have to add water an additional time or two each week. Gotta keep an eye on the tomato plant and keep it pruned or it will take over.
They recommend "deep" cleaning every 3 months, which requires taking all the plants and water out and is not fun. I can't seem to do this without damaging the plants so I'm averaging every 6 months. At 6 months, there is a lot of gunk in there from the nutrients and plants and it definitely needs a cleaning. I use a wet/dry vac to suck the water out of the water bin and the small amount of water that remains in the trays which takes a lot of the pain out of the process. The water bin is in the cabinet below the plant trays and it's awkward getting it in and out due to the big tray in the bottom of the cabinet to catch water in case of leaks.
Overall, I'm very happy with it. If be happier if my cat would stop eating any hot pepper plant I get started (he leaves the sweet pepper plants alone).
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