About two years ago, I was perusing “the middle” (as we like to call it) at BJ’s and saw an item called an Aero Garden. I was intrigued, but decided I needed to do some more research before I bought one. I’m glad I did as the one I saw had CFL lights (which need to be changed every 6 months). All the new models have LED lights on them. So I opted to spend a bit more and get the AeroGarden Ultra LED – pictured. Started the custom herb kit that was included. Everything grew well except the chives. AeroGarden is a Miracle Grow product, and they have great support. All their items are guaranteed to grow. If something doesn’t germinate, just give them a call and they will send out a replacement pod. I’ve done herbs twice, cherry tomatoes once and now have a second garden. I’m about to set both up again, with some lighting improvements which will hopefully give me better growth.
The AeroGarden is a hydroponic system – no dirt, just water and nutrients. I’ve you’ve ever been on the Living with the Land ride at Epcot, you’ve seen hydroponics there – remember the pvc pipes with the plants growing out of them? Hydroponics promotes better and faster growth than growing in soil. They have a lot of models and types, from 3-pod up to 9-pod now. They have lots of sales and promotions, prices change often, and there are great sales on the older models when the new models come out.
As I’m about to set up two gardens again, one with the Cherry Tomatoes and one with either lettuce or herbs (I’ve not decided yet). I’ll post pictures of my progress.