By far one of my favorite gifts under the tree, the AeroGrow AeroGarden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit was a welcome surprise for a green thumb like me, who misses gardening during the winter months. A solution for year-round indoor herb and flower growing, this all containing unit consists of growth lights, seed pods, and fertilizers that work together in a soil-less counter-top garden. The premise of the system is built on aeroponic technology, which allows for a more bountiful crop when plants are grown in a highly oxygenated and nutrient rich pool of water. AeroGarden has perfected this technology for the average consumer by creating a product that more or less runs itself when set up correctly, and is family and novice gardener friendly.
The kit can be assembled in five minutes or less, with or without the detailed directions, and is up and running as soon as you plug it into the wall. The hood lamp is adjustable, and can grow in height along with your plants, and the center piece of the garden kit holds within it the water basin, and air bubbler. The base of the unit contains a pre-programmed computer that will monitor the water level, growth light timing, and fertilization for you, once the variety of seed being planted is selected from the menu (ie: herb, veggie, flower, etc.) Once the initial set-up is completed, lights on the base of the unit will alert you to a need for fertilization or water, taking all of the guess work out of indoor gardening. This also assists the novice gardener by preventing two of the main causes of house plant death, over-watering, and fertilization problems. The Nutrient tablets that come with the kit are well labeled and rationed for you, needing only to be added when the garden system alerts you to a need for either. Seed pods consist of small, pre-planted baskets, with a peat moss lining, that snap into the open holes over the water basin. All the pods are well labeled with the plant’s name and future height (short, medium, tall), along with a hint as to when the first sprouts should appear.
Assembled, this garden can be placed in any room of the house with none of the fear attached to messy dirt spills, and the unit fits nicely on bookshelves too, for the home or office.
In my opinion this counter top garden couldn’t be easier to set-up and grow. I’ve only had mine a few days, so I have yet to harvest my first crop, but I am excited to grow herbs indoor this year without trying to balance pots on the windowsill. I appreciate the lack of soil that comes with this system as well, because it means having one less messy thing to spill with pets, and children around. The one down side to this system is that is relies on it’s own gimmicky seed pod baskets to function properly, and doesn’t lend itself neatly to the do-it-yourself gardener. The AeroGarden website does sell extra grow sponges and empty seed pod baskets as part of a “Master Gardener kit,” but obviously there is a charge along with that. With the empty pods, the sky is the limit as to what you can grow, and a quick trip through the local garden center should provide a wide variety of optional garden and vegetable seeds. For those who prefer to take any guesswork out of the AeroGarden, a wide variety of seed kits are available, and can provide you with seasons of herbs, vegetables, or living flower arrangements.
Overall I highly recommend this product, and I’m excited to use it in the future!
Your Thoughts: Have you used an AeroGarden? Does the product meet your expectations and make your indoor gardening easier?