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draculawyer

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Aggressively Organic
« on: July 27, 2018, 09:12:25 PM »
https://aggressivelyorganic.com

This company is calling back to the "Victory Gardens" people grew in WWI and WW2.  They sell organic plants that are able to grow in their growth medium using water and a nutrient solution. Each pod is pretty tiny and you can fit 9 of them in a one-foot area. They require an included grow light and minimal fussing/interaction. I have a hard time seeing a downside to this concept, especially when I look at the price of organic lettuce varieties in the supermarket.

tralfamadorian

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Re: Aggressively Organic
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2018, 01:42:00 PM »
They require an included grow light and minimal fussing/interaction. I have a hard time seeing a downside to this concept, especially when I look at the price of organic lettuce varieties in the supermarket.

I don't really see what they are bringing to the table that's worth the cost?

From their "victory garden" listing it appears (though the opacity and copy mistakes make it difficult to tell) that you receive 9 cardboard boxes, 9 plastic inserts, 1 light, 27 seed packs, 45 seed refill packs and a mini dropper of hydroponic nutrients. Cost of $139 on sale down from $250. Seed choice is unknown but appears to be lettuces, mini container tomatoes, peppers and herbs.

To hydroponic like a mustachian:
Cardboard & plastic --> reuse glass containers from the grocery store; cost $0
light --> utility clamp light & light bulb; cost $6
mini dropper hydroponic nutrients --> 2lb nutrients to make 128 galloons; cost $13
72 seed refills of unknown variety, species or quantity --> 9 different heirloom variety seed packets; cost $18

Total cost: $37

draculawyer

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Re: Aggressively Organic
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2018, 07:26:54 PM »
They require an included grow light and minimal fussing/interaction. I have a hard time seeing a downside to this concept, especially when I look at the price of organic lettuce varieties in the supermarket.

I don't really see what they are bringing to the table that's worth the cost?

From their "victory garden" listing it appears (though the opacity and copy mistakes make it difficult to tell) that you receive 9 cardboard boxes, 9 plastic inserts, 1 light, 27 seed packs, 45 seed refill packs and a mini dropper of hydroponic nutrients. Cost of $139 on sale down from $250. Seed choice is unknown but appears to be lettuces, mini container tomatoes, peppers and herbs.

To hydroponic like a mustachian:
Cardboard & plastic --> reuse glass containers from the grocery store; cost $0
light --> utility clamp light & light bulb; cost $6
mini dropper hydroponic nutrients --> 2lb nutrients to make 128 galloons; cost $13
72 seed refills of unknown variety, species or quantity --> 9 different heirloom variety seed packets; cost $18

Total cost: $37

That's a very good point. I think that part of the allure is that they have a 100% guarantee that all of your plants will actually grow. To be honest I personally doubt my own ability to just set up a garden like that and have it grow with 100% efficiency (or even close to it), and I like that it takes the gambling out of the equation. Another part of it is taking out the labor component of researching and gathering all of this stuff yourself. 

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Re: Aggressively Organic
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2018, 07:54:44 AM »
Buy a grow light and some lettuce seed.

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Re: Aggressively Organic
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2018, 08:04:51 AM »
Plants are incredibly easy to grow. It's why the land is damn near covered with them... ;)

Will you get 100% perfect yield of every seed you plant? Of course not.
Will you get way over 75% and probably have more produce than you know what to do with? Probably.

The 100% guarantee is marketing trickery, every bit as much as an extended warranty on a television.

draculawyer

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Re: Aggressively Organic
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2018, 12:22:43 PM »
I still like the company's stated mission of ending food insecurity, but I did some research and I'm just going to go out and pick up a grow light, a few tomato and basil plants, and some organic plant food.