I Tried an AeroGarden—Here’s What I Thought

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No green thumb, no problem! The AeroGarden makes indoor gardening easy.

aerogarden harvest slimVia AeroGarden.comLast year I tried to grow herbs indoors in a little pot, propped up by my kitchen window. Unfortunately, I completely failed and they all died. Maybe my window wasn’t sunny enough, or I didn’t water them enough. I love growing herbs and vegetables outside during summer, but clearly I don’t have the same green thumb for indoor gardening.

So, I was eager to find a different option, because buying herbs at the grocery store gets expensive (and sometimes ingredients are out of stock these days). I need parsley, sage, rosemary, AND thyme just for my Thanksgiving turkey recipe.

I Tried an AeroGarden to Make Gardening Easier

That’s why I jumped at the chance to use an AeroGarden. I must say, it was ridiculously easy to set up. I just popped in the seed pods, added water and Miracle-Gro plant food, plugged it in, and turned it on. The lights are on a timer, and they shut off automatically each day.

My AeroGarden came with the gourmet herbs seed pod kit: Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme and Thai basil. I think the seeds started sprouting in less than a week.

Unfortunately, the thyme didn’t grow. I’m not sure why; the seeds started to sprout but the tiny seedlings never emerged above the soil.

But I’m not too disappointed. The dill, mint and basil are growing very well. I’ve already harvested the dill to make braised dill potatoes, and I plan to use the parsley for my turkey.

When the water level gets low or I need to add more plant food, a small alert flashes as a reminder. So it really is foolproof. This is great because I’m super busy these days, trying to keep up with work and my kid’s virtual school. I did forget at first to move the grow light up higher as my plants plants grew taller, but now they have plenty of room to stretch out.

My coworker Justin also raved. “I absolutely love my AeroGarden! I do not have a green thumb but I am able to have fresh herbs at my finger tips,” he says. “It’s planting, plug-in style.”

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I’m looking forward to cooking with my fresh herbs in this winter. I’m especially excited to try the Thai basil. Then I want to experiment with other seed pods, like the salsa garden kit with tomatoes and jalapeño peppers, or the cocktail and mocktail kit.

Next, check out the best holiday gift ideas for gardeners.

Lori Vanover
Lori Vanover is the senior digital editor for Birds & Blooms. She enjoys growing vegetables in containers and raised beds and watching for birds in her backyard.