The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden (AeroGrow)
How do you ensure you always have fresh herbs and vegetables on hand during winter in Maryland? You buy a Miracle-Gro AeroGarden, that's how!
I bought one of these AeroGardens (aka AeroGrow) as a present for my elderly Mom as she just loved to watch things grow. I got tired of sticking the bottoms of green onions in dirt to let them sprout back up and wanted the ability to have cherry tomatoes all year long (Mom loved them - she thought cherry tomatoes tasted like candy and, indeed, some of the AeroGarden cherry tomatoes do taste like candy!).
The only thing I'm sorry about regarding the AeroGarden I bought is that I wish I had bought the 7-Pod Indoor Garden that you see there on the right instead of the 3-Pod unit. I read all of the wonderful reviews about the AeroGarden but, being a born skeptic, I needed to see for myself. The 3 pod unit totally sold me. It's just amazing the stuff you can grow. But, in this case, 'bigger is better.'
The AeroGarden 7 pod unit has so much more space than the 3 pod. Additionally, you can buy an adaptor for the 7 pod unit which works great for starting seeds for Spring gardening. No more paying $24 for a flat of impatients when you can sprout your own, over and over and over again for a fraction of the price, once you've bought the adapter. In my book, thats a huge win. You can also start any garden seeds with the exception of root vegetables like potatoes or radishes. This indoor gardening system will not work with those type of plants.
I think that the AeroGarden would be an excellent gift for an elderly loved one who might not be able to garden any longer. In fact, my Mom and I loved the thing so much that I even gave it a write up on my blog. If you click this link: GoodGiftsForSeniorCitizens.com, you'll see more options for the AeroGarden.
Since I bought my AeroGarden, I've explored ways to start my own seeds as I wanted to start some zucchini and heirloom tomatoes - the AeroGarden seed packs are sort of limited as to what you can grow. But, by buying your own seed baskets and growing sponges, you can sprout anything your gardening heart desires.
To plant your own seeds, all you do is add a seed to the grow sponge and put it inside the plastic basket (both shown below) and place in the AeroGarden. The plants will sprout in the time noted on the seed packet. Once the plants are about 2" tall, you can start transplanting to a traditional garden pot (after hardening the plants off buy putting them outside an hour or so every day for 7 days) or put the seedlings directly into the garden.
So far, I've grown delicious basil, parsley, chives, zucchini, tomatoes, and even eggplant all started in my AeroGarden. It is so much fun to become a master gardener in spite of myself!
These are reusable baskets that fit into the AeroGarden. They hold the Grow Sponges below.
Just put your own seeds into these grow sponges, put them into the universal basket and then into the AeroGarden. Add water and nutrients and you're off and running.
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