Friday, December 2, 2016

My AeroGarden - Growing Herbs all Winter Long

If you don't have one of these, then you are really missing out.  I moved to Tennessee recently and a friend of mine in North Carolina found the AeroGarden on sale and gave it to me as an early Christmas gift.  I was bored and couldn't wait for Christmas so I opened it and gave it a try.  I got the herb kit included with mine.  Here is a picture from November 11th of my results.  Since then, I have had to prune it 3 times already.

As far as preserving the herbs, I have just been cutting the leaves and stacking them.  I then roll them up and thinly slice them.  I have tiny snack sealable bags that I label and store them in.  After that, I freeze them until needed.  I have seen where people freeze them in olive oil.  You can search the net for different techniques on storing them, but be careful with freezing them in oil because botulism can form if the moisture is not out of the plant material.

This one illustrated about is the Deluxe Model.  It's a little pricey but well worth harvest that you will get back again and again.  It is called Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Bounty with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit

Yes it an amazing product to have.  I am just learning about mine.  Facebook has a page that you can learn all about this very useful item.  Since I want to grow more than just the pod space available I want to transplant them into soil and keep repeating the process.  And yes you can grow your own seeds.  You can also buy packs of like products packaged together.

Just wanted to give you a quick update on my experience with my AeroGarden.  The Thai Basil is growing like crazy.  I have cut it back 4 times already.  Genovese Basil is behind it and I have had to prune it back 2 times.  Same goes for the Cilantro.  I haven't had success with the Chives, Curly Parsley, or dill yet, but they take longer.  You are suppose to keep harvesting the growing herbs until the others sprout and reach the light.  Even though I am so tempted, I have made myself wait.  I did discover yesterday that the water was actually lower than it looked on the indicator.  Now I put my finger inside the port to add water and make sure it is where it suppose to be.  This may explain the delay in the sprouting of the 3 other plants.  I have to say that I am very impressed and have harvested a lot more herbs that I anticipated.  I can't wait to start vegetables in here because this year is all about canning.  Here is a picture of where I am at just weeks after writing this article. 

I would love to hear about your experiences with the AeroGarden.  I have a green thumb but many do not.  This is a great way to have fresh herbs, vegetable, fruits, and flowers all year long.  This would be ideal for teaching your child about horticulture and cooking at the same time.  In the end, you will save more money than you ever spent on this product.  It is also great for city dwellers to enjoy the fresh vegetable that we do in the south without the real estate.  Here are some more model you might like.

Here are just a few of the many seed packs you can get or just grow your own.  This examples include teas and flower pods.  Your imagination is the only things that can limit you when it comes to growing your own plants.  So start a new hobby this winter that will slim you down and make you healthier in the next year.

Click here to find many recipes exclusively from AeroGarden harvest.

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