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Aerogarden review: Growing Herbs in Your Kitchen

Posted on 10/24/2014 by Maggie Marystone in kitchen garden aerogarden review herbs

I didn't even know this product existed before we got one as a gift. The Aerogarden by Miracle-Gro is an indoor hydroponic growing system with automated grow lights. The version we have came with 7 pre-seeded grow pods: Thai basil, Genovese Basil, cilantro, parsley, mint, chives, and dill.

This thing is pretty amazing. You tell it what you're growing, and it automatically alerts you when you should add water or nutrients. 

Here's what it looked like after a few weeks of growth.

And a little while later...

Harvest time!

We've had the Aerogarden for over a year now, and I still love it. An alert keeps popping up saying we should replace the lights, but we haven't done so yet, and the herbs are still doing fine.

Some tips: once a month we do a complete water change using a bucket and a hand siphon pump like this one. It takes about 5 minutes. Then once the water has been changed, we add nutrients. We also noticed that the bushy basil plants can crowd out some of the smaller herbs, like chives. I ended up removing the cilantro completely (not just because it's the devil weed and tastes like soap) to give the basil more room to grow. Watching a few videos about pruning was also helpful.

Drying the herbs and storing them means we always have them on hand, and it's so much cheaper (and tastier) than dried herbs from the grocery store. 

In short, the Aerogarden is highly recommended.


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