Setting Up an Indoor Herb Garden with the Miracle Gro AeroGarden Ultra

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The AeroGarden Ultra was sent to me as a gift.

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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.

Miracle AeroGarden Ultra

The AeroGarden Ultra kit includes the base and hood with extendable arm, 3 grow bulbs, trellis system and seed kit with liquid nutrients.

inside the Miracle Gro AeroGarden Ultra Kit

The initial set up on takes minutes. The bulbs slide right into the hood which snaps onto the extendable arm.

installing aerogarden ultra grow bulbs

That’s it! You plug it into an outlet and you’re ready to begin growing.

set up aerogarden ultra

The MyGarden control panel walks you through every step of the growing process.

AeroGarden LCD set up screen

There’s an easy access water door in the base where you add water to the marked fill line.

AeroGarden Water Fill Line

That’s also where you add the liquid plant food that comes with the seed kit.

AeroGarden Liquid Plant Food

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.

AeroGarden Seed Pod Kit for Italian Herb Garden

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!

AeroGarden Oregano Herb Pod

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!

AeroGarden Herb Pods

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!

Indoor Herb Garden with Miracle Gro AeroGarden Ultra

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?

 

 

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  1. Living in the mountains – I would love one of these to continue to grow herbs all year!! Thanks for the great review!

  2. ellen beck says:

    Great review I would love to see an update on how it is growing. This has been on my wishlist since forever! I am a gardener and love plants and have been wanting to know how well these work before sinking money into them. It looks pretty starightforward.

    Are the replacemnt supplies fairly reasonable to buy?

    • I’ll definitely post an update! I’ll wait until they sprout (if they sprout) and again once they’re grown. There’s some replacement part prices at the bottom of the review. :)

  3. I don’t really have room for one of these but I want one! This would be a great gift item for me!

  4. GardeningMomma says:

    I have 4 of them and have had them for 4 years now and love them!! I use them to start my plants for my outdoor gardens for the summer and then in the winter I grow my own lettuce, tomatoes , peppers and herbs. I won’t eat the produce in the store it tastes fake to me after always growing my own fresh. You can also use your own seeds in them if you purchase the potting soil inserts. Ive been doing my gardens this way and it is very inexpensive when you take into account the cost for produce in the grocery store. My plants produce for well over 6 months. My cherry tomatoes are still producing fruit and I started them back in June. I would highly recommend Aerogarden if you want fresh produce or herbs right on your counter ready to use.

  5. I would love to have my fresh parsley and rosemary available all winter. I’m looking forward t seeing how this works for you!