Harvest 2.0 Setup Guide

Get Growing in 5 Fast & Easy Steps!


Do not plug your Harvest 2.0 into your wall outlet until you have filled your reservoir with water!

Your AeroGarden has a Low Water shut off feature. If your reservoir runs empty, your pump will stop and your LED Grow Light will turn OFF. This will alert you that your AeroGarden needs water, and will help slow down your plants water intake needs for a short while. After you fill your reservoir with water, your LED Grow Light will turn back ON and continue its Light ON cycle/personal wake and sleep schedule.

Step 1

Insert post behind the bowl until it hits bottom, making sure the pump and power connectors are facing the back.

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Step 2

Insert the hood onto the post until it clicks.

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Step 3

Plug the pump and the power cord adapter into the post.

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Step 4

After removing all components from the bowl and replacing the grow deck back on the bowl, add water to ‘Fill To Here’ line and add liquid plant food directly into the bowl as per instructions.

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Step 5

Setup your Seed Pods following the instructions below before plugging in your garden!

Step 1: Labeling

Write the name of seeds or plant cuttings directly on Seed Pod Label(s) with permanent marker. Labels allow for easy identification of plants. They also block light, help prevent algae, and control moisture levels. Keep Seed Pod Labels on after sprouting.

Step 2: Attaching Labels

Adhere label to the baskets.

Step 3: Insert Seeds

  1. Insert your seeds into the Grow Sponge opening using fingertips or tweezers. Plant several seeds per Grow Sponge. For large seeds (e.g., pea, squash), cut opening 1/2" deep with scissors (see photo) and insert 1–2 seeds.
  2. Insert Grow Sponge into Grow Basket. Use care not to dislodge seeds.

Step 4: Planting

  1. Insert Grow Pods into Grow Deck openings.
  2. Use cool water and fill to the indicator. Most tap water works great. If you have hard or softened water at home, using a 50/50 mix of distilled and tap water may give you better results.
  3. Make sure the Light Hood is at the lowest position on the Light Post.

Plant Food

Add Liquid Plant Food to the Bowl when you first plant your Seed Pod Kit and when the 'Add Plant Food' reminder starts to flash at you every 2 weeks. Follow directions on the Liquid Plant Food bottle for feeding amounts and top off the water level to the 'Fill To Here' line.

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Touch the 'Light On/Off' button to temporarily turn LED Grow Lights ON or OFF. This will not affect the timing of your light cycle and occasional use will not harm your plants. Once touched, the Light will stay ON/OFF until the next time you are set to go ON/OFF.

Set Lights ‘ON’ Time

When you plug in your AeroGarden for the first time the Grow Light will come ON, and will continue to come ON at this time every day. It will turn OFF automatically 15 hours later. If you would like to change the time of day when the Light comes ON, follow these steps:

  • Gently Touch and hold your finger over the 'Light On/Off' button for about 5 seconds and release when the small light (Add Plant Food alert) blinks once.
  • Your Grow Light will now come ON at this time each day and will stay ON for 15 hours.

An Important Note About Lights:

Your AeroGarden Harvest 2.0 has a built-in timer for the Grow Light that automatically provides your plants with the perfect amount of "sunlight." As long as your plants get this amount of light, it does not matter what time the lights are Off. You may find it most convenient to have the Light turn on in the morning and off at night, to match your personal schedule.


Plants grown in the AeroGarden are designed to thrive with most municipal tap water. If your water is especially hard, improved results can be seen with distilled water or reverse osmosis water, but this is not needed in most cases. It's okay to add water to the 'Fill To Here' line any time. For best growth, keep your garden topped off!

Good to Know:

Your pump will be ON when your Grow Light is ON, and it will be OFF, when your Grow Light is OFF.

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