Aerogarden Compatible Grow Insert

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Aerogarden Compatible Grow Insert by bbum Oct 18, 2012
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(Note, someone else pulled together a really nice replacement cup here http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1863728 Consider using it instead. It is a much cleaner design!)

I'm gradually transitioning from the Aerogarden based hydroponic/aeroponic based gardening system to building my own. The first step was to replace the Aeroponic grow pods with larger pods that provide for more root growth and can be used with "rockwool" or other similar growing medium.

These pods are a better design than the original. First, they are larger and more stable. Secondly, the notched side slides down where the little water drain is on each grow pod hole. This improves the water flow significantly.

Covers provided, too. Useful during sprouting, but not necessary.

Note that the attached ViaCAD model file is, frankly, awful. I didn't know what I was doing when I made it (was one of my first models) and it is more sculpted than modeled. Someday, I'll remake it with Inventor Fusion (or OpenSCAD).


  1. Rotate such that the narrow bottom is down (the overhang isn't that great, no support needed).

  2. Print (100% fill, but less would do, too)

  3. Add growing medium (DO NOT PACK IT IN!)

  4. Use a sharp point to make holes in growing medium.

  5. Drop in basil, parsley, and other desired seeds.

  6. Install in Aerogarden. Note the notch; they pods only go in one way!

  7. Enjoy fresh herbs for weeks.

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What are you using for filler inside the pods?

I had used Rock Wool, but don't really like it (it is basically glass insulation and really annoying. Doesn't compost.). I've since moved to coconut husks and that seems to work well enough.

The cover loads up super small in scale in Cura... For some reason. Like 2cm in diameter.

Planning to make my own basket (in OpenScad) what are the dimensions for an aerogarden basket?

Are you going to put the plans for your whole setup on thingiverse too?

That is the plan.  I just need 35 hours/day to git-r-done.

Seriously, though, I have most of the bits and pieces put together.   Just need to do a test run with some various greens and herbs.  Regardless of success, it'll be documented!

Nice. Wonder if it would float? Like a seed raft.

You really want the water in hydro systems to not be exposed to light to avoid algae blooms.   Thus, most solutions that involve flotation use a styrofoam sheet as the float and, yes, these would work quite well stuck through holes in that styrofoam sheet!