We had gone to the grocery store about a week ago and picked up some herbs for a couple meals that Sarah was preparing, needless to say, there were a couple things that we just couldn’t find fresh and some that we couldn’t find at all. You wouldn’t think that fresh basil would be hard to find but for whatever reason, we just couldn’t find any, and we went to a number of stores looking for it.
With that being said, I decided that enough was enough and we would try to fix that issue so that it wouldn’t bite us again. I looked at a number of different options; a simple grow light and some little planters so that we could put them in the front window (East facing), building a hydroponic garden in the spare room (we live in a condo, so space is at a premium), and finally a herb garden for the kitchen counter (the AeroGarden).
I decided on the AeroGarden Harvest Elite because of the compact size and the fact that it came with a bunch of herbs that would start growing pretty quickly and that we use on a regular basis. It came with the AeroGarden Harvest Elite (Platinum), 6 seed pods (Genovese Basil, Thai Basil, Thyme, Dill, Mint & Curly Parsley) and 3oz of liquid plant food (two cap fulls every two weeks).
It was very easy to set up right out of the box. I removed the plastic that was surrounding the light and base, and a separate bag covering the seed pod/water housing. All of the pre-made seed pods were in a branded package included with this kit. I filled the base with filtered water from our Zero water dispenser and added two cap fulls of the supplied liquid plant food. I then put the seed pods into the hole cut outs in the reservoir, arranging them tallest to shortest, back to front. Finally, I used the plastic grow domes and placed them over each of the pods individually.
Once I plugged it in and pressed the power button, I was guided through the setup process and the lights were on within a minute. The handy little screen on the bottom of the unit starts to count the number of days since the plants have been planted, how many days until more plant food should be added, as well as cycling through a clock display.
I will keep everyone updated on the growth of the herbs planted in the AeroGarden Harvest Elite.
If you are interested in getting one, you will be able to check the price with the link below.