Why do some of the pictures look different on the website?
As you can see, many of the pictures on the website contain U-GroIT Automated Gardens that look slightly different then the ones you will be receiving.
Many of these images were taken during our testing phase and are the prototypes gardens. As you can see from the photos, we had great success with our prototypes. Therefore, we improved upon them in order to give you the best possible version of our garden.
Do not fret! You will receive the latest and greatest version of the U-GroIT Automated Garden!
How tall is the model in the pictures?
She is 5’7! Crazy how large some of our plants get! Keep in mind when choosing the plants you want to grow, they all have an average height they will reach! For example, some tomato varieties will only reach 2′ off the ground.
How do I set up my U-GroIT Automated Garden?
- Gather your necessary supplies to get started (not included):
- Potting Soil
- Water Source
- Tomato cages
- Pour the potting soil into the pots leaving enough room for your plants (if starting with plants).
- Once your plants are in the pots, hose them thoroughly! This is a very important step. Hosing the plants releases all the small particles from the soil. It is crucial to wash the small particles out of the pots before they are placed into the garden. This is done to prevent the hose screens from clogging up with the debris.
- Place your pots into their respective places in the U-GroIT Automated Garden.
- Fill up the garden basin with water.
- Open up the battery compartment on the controller and switch the power to on (You’ll want to remember this when storing your product when not in use, you will want to turn the power off).
- Place the moisture sensors in their places. (The long cord goes to the 12″ pot and the short cord goes to the 8″ pot).
- Make sure your solar panel is placed in a good location to see the sun!
What happens if I don’t soak the pots with water first before putting them in the U-GroIT Automated Garden?
If you do not soak your pots with fresh soil in them, the U-GroIT Automated Garden will most likely get clogged up. This would cause your plants to not get the water they need or cause the water not to drain properly.
Soaking your pots first will flush out all of the loose debris in the potting mix.
What can I grow?
There are so many vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs that you can grow with U-GroIT Automated Garden. Peppers are always a great place to start!
What should I not grow?
Many plants will grow in the U-GroIT Automated Garden; however, some need more space to grow because of their root mass. We typically recommend 2-3 vegetable plants per large (12″) pot. However, if you want to grow zucchini or cucumbers it is best to only plant 1 of those in there. We have grown up to 3 cucumber plants in a single large pot and they looked great in the beginning. Then all of a sudden they died because the roots took up the entire pot and wouldn’t allow for water to completely saturate it.
Some other plants such as strawberries, will grow in the U-GroIT Automated Garden, but your yield will not be fantastic. This is simply due to the fact that you need a lot of strawberry plants to produce a lot of strawberries!
Refer to our planting guide on the Learn More page to see what plants don’t play well together.
Should I start with seeds or small plants?
Starting with either seeds or small plants will yield great results. Please keep in mind the process of starting with seeds will require a longer growing season to produce the fruit or vegetables. Starting with adolescent plants that you can purchase from your big box stores is the fastest way to yield results!
What type of yield can I expect?
When planting tomatoes or peppers in the U-GroiT Automated Garden, you can expect to get a large range of numbers based on how many plants you put in the pots. For instance, a typical Jalapeño plant that is planted in the U-GroIT Automated Garden will generally produce 60-100 peppers from our experience as long as the conditions are perfect. For tomatoes we have planted 6 cherry tomato plants in the large pots, (2 per pot) and have harvested around 1000 tomatoes in a season! That sounds ridiculous but it is true! AS like the Jalapeños, the tomato plants were given the proper sunlight, fertilizer and the water was never dry. Harvest count will vary with different situations.
What does securing my plants in the garden mean?
Plants love support and as they grow they will need some reinforcement to to keep them from bending and breaking. Both the 12′ and 8′ U-GroIT Automated Garden pots are designed to hold tomato cages. There are holes in them designed for the cages to easily slide into. Tomato cages are a great means of support, but for some cases aren’t enough. We also recommend purchasing garden stakes and placing them in the middle of your pot. As your plant grows you can use garden tape to secure your plants to the stakes and cages. Without securing your large plants like this, they will most likely fail. Take a look at the images on our site and see how all the tall plants are secured by the method described.
Do I need to fertilize my plants?
Yes! Fertilizing your plants is a key part of ensuring great growth and healthy plants. The potting soil you use to plant your plants in contains some fertilizer (depending on what you purchase), but eventually that will be used up. The best way to fertilize your plants is to place a scoop of it in the basin every time you fill it up with water or roughly every 2 weeks. With out fertilization, your plants could suffer from a lack of nutrients and produce sub par yields or even die.
What can I do about the insect larva in my basin?
One of the most effective ways is to buy a gold fish and put it in there! The gold fish feeds off the larva and can thrive in there all season. At the end just pull them out and keep them inside until next year! There are also some chemicals you can purchase that you place in the basin to keep the larva from growing if you’d rather not put a gold fish in there.
Can I grow plants year round?
You can most certainly grow plants year round as long as they can handle the temperature changes. For instance we have some rose bushes planted in some of our test gardens that have been there for a few seasons.
Are your pictures photoshopped?
A fair question in todays day an age, but we are proud to say that every picture is taken exactly how the garden looks! On some pictures, the only editing done is to remove the background!
Do you take returns?
We will accept returns 30 days from the day of purchase, but will not pay for return shipping. Please contact us if there is a defect in the garden, but please be sure to have your order number with you.