Moved the garden indoors

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.

 

Gardening time again

Ok. Enough of the winter stuff already. It has warmed up a bit and we thought we would use the bean tower and plant some early snow peas. Hopefully they will be done by the time we are ready to plant the pole Limas. This will be our first early spring crop. I am already thinking about adding bed number 3. I don’t know about the seeds but I am looking forward to warm weather – as long as it doesn’t shoot up in the 80’s.

And we’ve got a great start to the solar production. We only paid for 14 kwh in February and we are now watching the meter run backwards. They read the meter March 8 and it was 1111. Today it was down to 990.

These last couple of months I hung the clothes on racks in front of the woodstove. I plan to do the same all of next winter.