So, I'm thinking about getting an Aerogarden.
Truly, I've been longing for one for a couple of years now.
Surprisingly, I have a relatively green thumb.
That might be an understatement.
I still have the "Get Well" plant my sis sent me for having my tonsils removed. (In 1992.) And, I have still have a plant that a co-worker found dumped in the lunchroom trash. (Rescued that one in 2003.) And, my Mom's plants...survived her - so far by 10 years.
Given that, I have resisted buying a "fancy-pants machine" to grow herbs.
I tried the Chia herb garden. It grew ok. (To be honest, the growth was fairly lame.)
Every year I have at least a few pots of different varieties of spearmint.
I tried the Chia-style dried herb pots at Trader Joe's. The basil on that one turned out VERY nice. I had a hard time eating all that basil and I started drying it. (Then came the Winter of my discontent.)
Here's the rub.
I live in Chicago.
And, I just can't keep the herbage growing in the winter.
I've been looking at buying a grow light. (And, hoping that the neighborhood cops don't get suspicious.) But, if I'm going to go through the trouble of setting up a grow light, I feel like I might at well just buy the Aerogarden. Afterall, those varieties of plants have been tested to grown under those specific conditions. Maybe I'm ready for a turn-key solution.
I've been comparing the various sized machines over at the Aerogarden Store. And, while admiring the seed options, I noticed that they have a Full-sized Ruby Heirloom Tomato option. Hmm. Full-sized?
So, I have some questions.
If you have an Aerogarden or Prepara Powerplant:
Are you happy with your model?
Do you wish you purchased a different model?
Which herbs have you purchased?
How has the growth been?
How long have the herb pods lasted?
How fresh did the herbs/veggies taste?
Have you tried any "full-sized" veggies?
How "full-sized" were they?
Have you had to buy another bulb yet?
Whether you are please with your Aerogarden or displeased, what should I know before buying one? Let's hear from you.
I really can't stand paying $3 for a handful of limp pre-packaged herbs at the grocery store each time I want some fresh basil or chives. I'm inching closer to the Aerogarden each day. Should I full-sprint?
Meanwhile, I'll be reading the Aerogarden Chronicles over at Eat to Blog.