This is a sponsored post from Kitchen PLAY and Miracle-Gro AeroGarden, but all opinions are my own.
In an ordinary year, I would be feeling kind of bummed out about growing anything this time of year. A couple of killing frosts have just about taken out the garden, with the exception of a few cold weather hardy souls like kale and Brussels sprouts.
I have a big prostrate rosemary plant that I keep in the kitchen window, and I do sprouts on and off all winter, but for the most part, growing something to eat is usually pretty much done until I get to start seeds in March or April.
But this year is different, and I could not be more thrilled. Miracle Grow AeroGarden is the reason why. Right now it’s cold and blustery outdoors, but I have 7 pretty little herbs plants getting bigger each day, and soon I will be able to use them for some great winter meals.
We had thought about an AeroGarden before, so I had checked them out pretty thoroughly, but never actually pulled the trigger on ordering one. I was really excited when the folks at AeroGarden asked me to try one and tell my readers about it.
An AeroGarden is a self-contained hydroponic growing system that is about the easiest way to grow anything that I have ever seen. You get everything you need to succeed – once you get the system set up, there is not a lot you have to do to keep things growing, and with the system I am trying out, it lets you know exactly when to do things like add more water and specially formulated Liquid Nutrients.
It took me less than 15 minutes from the time the box was delivered to having it all set up and ready to go. I guess I was a little excited to get started, but honestly, the set up is so easy and the directions so clear, that I can’t imagine it taking anyone longer than it did me.
I kept a close eye on things, and in just a couple days, I was beginning to see a bit of green in a few of the pods. By the 10th day, everything was up, which is pretty amazing, because with regular seed starting, in the past, I have often had to wait forever for parsley seeds to come up, because they have a long germination. Chives can be very iffy to get started as well, but here they are!
And I’m going to have a really hard time deciding what to cook with all of these – especially with cilantro calling my name [you can hear that, right?]
And just as the directions tell me, it’s time to trim the little seedlings, to make sure they grow into nice full plants.
I’ll be keeping track of how things progress, and then, in early December, I will have a fantastic new recipe for you, using the fresh herbs from my Miracle-Gro AeroGarden ULTRA LED.
In the meantime, you can check out more information on the AeroGarden.com website. In addition, if you are planning your holiday gift giving, the latest edition of the AeroGarden, the AeroGarden 3SL will be available at Walmart.com beginning around 11/1/14 and at select Walmart stores beginning around 11/14. [I am not sure I can resist getting one of these – they are SO darned cute!] You can also find the he Miracle-Gro AeroGarden ULTRA LED, the model I’m having such a blast with, at Costco.com and it’ll be available in select Costco Warehouse locations beginning about 11/1.