Interesting Gift

 “Interesting Gift”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

 

Wednesday, our good neighbors who live across the street called us over because they said they wanted to give us something.  We were a little wary about this “gift” since they have a pregnant cat, and we really don’t need another kitten.  However, it wasn’t a kitten, but an AeroGarden they were asking us if we wanted.  You know one of those really expensive gadgets that lets you grow herbs, cherry tomatoes, or lettuce on your kitchen counter.  Of course, we said yes, and soon we were on our way with our new “garden”.  The neighbors had liked it but just didn’t want to fool with growing plants like this.

The seed inserts and nutrient tablets for growth are expensive, and I really don’t want to use it to grow plants that way.  I want it so that I can use the grow lights to start my own seedlings.  In fact, this give off so much light, I might try and just set my seed trays next to the unit and see if that doesn’t work until all the seeds that came with the unit are used up.  The neighbor set it up with the herb seeds, so I’ll have to wait until those start growing before I can use it like I want to.  I’ll probably take the herbs out once they get growing and plant them outside.

 

aerogarden-redu

 

We have had to place it in the laundry room because our little white cat eats plants.  There is no use letting her eat all the produce that is supposed to come from the little seed cups.  I’ve done a little research on the Internet and found out that you can use your own seeds in the little cups, but I think I will just use it for the light and put seed trays on the decking and not worry about trying to grow things hydroponically.

The unit and everything that goes with it is expensive, but there are people who have up to five of these things growing all kinds of plants.  I thought it would not be that popular when I saw it on TV, but evidently, I was wrong.  I could see where this might be fine for an apartment dweller, but if you have space for a garden, this is definitely not the way to go.

We will have to see how it works and if I can use it to keep my seedlings healthy and stocky.  Wish me luck.

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6 Comments

  1. Phillip Merritt said,

    January 2, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    It looks like something from Star Trek!

  2. January 3, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Great gift, but yes. Even I would have used it for the same purpose as you did, as I love to see my garden big and smiling, not confined to a really small space. Yes, it does help for those who can’t spare space.

  3. patsi said,

    January 3, 2009 at 3:15 am

    Never seen one,what is it called ? Sure looks neat. Must keep us posted !

  4. Jan said,

    January 3, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Phillip, I think you have a point there. Since the AeroGarden in completely self-sufficient, it could be in outer space.

    Chandramouli, I am sure it will work just for seed starting. For someone with space and time for a garden, this would be just a fad.

    Patsi, it called AeroGarden. It is very compact and since I don’t have anyplace to set up an area with the big grow lights, this should be perfect.

  5. Randy said,

    January 3, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Jan,
    I’ve never heard of one of these. Keep us up to date on your progress.

  6. tina said,

    January 3, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    What a gift!


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