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AeroGarden

Have you seen this gadget on a late night infomercial? Well, my dad did. He gave this to Mike and I for our wedding anniversary this year. The unit uses aeroponic technology which is

a dirt-free growing method where plant roots are suspended in air within a 100% humidity, highly-oxygenated growing chamber. Because the roots are bathed with ideal levels of nutrients, water and oxygen, plants grow significantly faster, are healthier and have a higher nutrient content than plants grown in soil

When we put the contraption together we had many doubts that it would actually work. But take a look, it is going bananas! Now, it didn’t happen overnight. It takes 3-4 weeks until you get something worth eating and the manual says it will continue to grow for 4 months. Our version came with the gourmet herb seed kit which includes basil, thyme, mint, chives, parsley and dill. At the 6 week mark the only herb that hasn’t really made much progress are the chives. The only negative to this appliance is that it has fluorescent bulbs that need to turn on for 16 hours a day and they are so bright that they light up your entire house if it’s dark. It’s like a built in security system. Other than that we love our indoor garden. It’s so nice to be able to grab the herbs and immediately start cooking since they are clean and bug free. Once the herbs are gone we are going to try the salad greens. We will have our own little lettuce patch. Get yours today!

Weeks 1-6 below (click image to enlarge)

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6 Responses

  1. I’ve had mine for a few years now…it’s wonderful 🙂 I kinda like the light though….It’s on when I wake up and when I go to bed so no stumbling around in the dark…hehe.

  2. My husband bought me one for my birthday two years ago. I love it for herbs but the tomatoes had no flavor at all. And watch out for the basil it grows ten times faster than the rest of the herbs and has to be trimmed down regularly. My favorite herb to grow in it has been the savory.

  3. vigilant20 – ours lights up around midnight and turns off right before we get home from work so we miss most of the glow…

    doghillkitchen – you’re correct about the basil. We have had to trim it twice already because it had grown to the top and was touching the light. We had a few burning leaves…

  4. Haha…yes, it does work! I have 3 now. Love them!

  5. It looks to me like we started our gardens around the same time. I was starting to worry that there was something wrong with my parsley and thyme… the basil’s out of control compared to the rest of them. But mine looks like yours, so I guess I’m doing it right. 🙂

  6. haha, that’s awesome!!

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