Herb Update

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


A gift we received at Christmas time was the Aerogarden.  I am sure you have seen these on TV.  On January 6th, I wrote about how the seeds had sprouted, and the little seedlings seemed to be doing well.  I guess it is time for an update since the tiny little seedlings have grown a bit more.

The seeds were planted on December 30th and here is how some looked by January 6th.


Purple Basil
Purple Basil





As you can see, they were very tiny, and the dill was only one thin thread.  Here is how it looks today.

The last seeds to germinate was the cilantro.  It was supposed to come in 8 to 14 days, but it took almost three weeks.  So, this is how the Aerogarden is looking after four weeks.  As I wrote before, we have had to place this in the laundry room where it is a little on the cool side right now, so that may account for the plants not being any bigger.  They are coming along, though, especially the Italian basil, parsley, and mint.  So far, everything seems to be growing  fine, I’ll keep you updated on our hydroponic experiment.

Herb Seedling Update

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


A few days back I wrote about an AreoGarden that we received as a gift.  It is designed to sprout and grow these little cups of preplanted seeds hydroponically.  As I said then, I want to use just the grow lights for my own seed plantings.  However, the herb seeds were set up when we brought it home, and here is an update.


The seeds are supposed to sprout in 3 to 14 days depending on the type of herb.  The parsley – nothing.  The cilantro – I can see the swollen seeds, but no growth showing.  The chives – a teeny, tiny bit of green showing.


The Italian basil has sprouted several plants which look good and healthy.




The purple basil is looking good, too.




The dill has sprouted one seed showing a thin, tiny plant.




And, finally, the mint has produced several seedlings.




As you can see from these few, paltry seedlings there won’t be a Jan’s Herb Farm starting anytime soon.  Well, at least I know that seeds will sprout with the AeroGarden, and it does give me something green to look at and play with until I can get outside and work in my real garden.