The AeroGarden Ultra was sent to me as a gift.
Having spent most of my life living in Illinois, I’m pretty accustomed to the changing weather. There’s only a few months of the year that I can get outside and grow my own fresh herbs and vegetables. The rest of the year, I depend on what the grocery store has to offer (not much) and dried herbs. That’s a really bummer because more than anything, I LOVE using fresh flat-leaf parsley. It’s the key to an amazing tasting marinara sauce.
That’s why I was so excited when this Miracle Gro AeroGarden Ultra arrived on my door step. I had been toying with the idea of buying one but never got around to it. Well, now that it’s here, I’m even more excited! With this indoor garden I can grow all of my favorite herbs, even the fresh ones our stores don’t carry and have them available when I need them without worrying about them spoiling.
The AeroGarden Ultra kit includes the base and hood with extendable arm, 3 grow bulbs, trellis system and seed kit with liquid nutrients.
The initial set up on takes minutes. The bulbs slide right into the hood which snaps onto the extendable arm.
That’s it! You plug it into an outlet and you’re ready to begin growing.
The MyGarden control panel walks you through every step of the growing process.
There’s an easy access water door in the base where you add water to the marked fill line.
That’s also where you add the liquid plant food that comes with the seed kit.
The fun part begins when you open the seed pod kit. This one is for an Italian Herb garden which includes 7 different herb varieties, domes and the liquid plant food.
Each pod is labeled with the herb type, how long it takes to sprout and the growing height so you know whether to plant it towards the front or back of the garden. These pods already have the seeds in the soil so there’s no dirty work!
You can plant up to 7 pods at once. Grow a several herbs for a variety or grow a lot of one herb you use all the time. The choice is yours!
At this point, the only thing left for me to do is sit back and wait. When the herbs sprout, I can remove the domes. As they grow taller, the hood can be raised to allow for expansion. The hood raises so high that you can grow taller plants like tomatoes, peppers and even flowers!
I’ll be sure to come back with an update as the herbs grow and let you know how they’re doing. For now, I’m busy checking out all of the available seed kits. I know my daughters would go crazy if I started growing a strawberry kit!
The only drawback to the AeroGarden is the long term costs. A 3-pack of the MaxGrow lights will cost you about $35 and they need to be replaced every 6 months. The seed kits are also a little pricey costing anywhere from $12.95 – $34.95 per kit.
But I think the cost will be worth it just for the convenience. What do you think? Is there a vegetable or herb you wish you had available in the winter?