Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 26: Aero Garden

All of the seeds with the exception of the chives have sprouted.  In the back the tall spindly greens are dill and to the right is the basil. They both came up the quickest. Limping along in a healthy way are the thyme, mint, and oregano from left to right in the front.
The feeder roots are white and hairy, soaking up the aerated water.  We came home from a two week roadtrip to find the nutrient light blinking. I added two more pellets and hit the reset button.
Some of the basil leaves had a bit of dried brown on them. I pinched those leaves off. Perhaps that was due to the lack of nutrients in the water, there has always been sufficient water in the container.
Won't be long until we are looking up recipes on Allrecipes in which to use our green morsels.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day 10: Aero Garden

About 3 days into the growing cycle, all but the Chives had sprouted.  We peered into the pots and could see the mini seed heads split open and in most cases the green leaves forming. There is a strong possibility the Chive seeds have rotted.

As of today, the Basil is popping out of the countainer, a good half inch worth of sweet leaves.  The dome has been removed to prevent the leaves from bending.  Dill has shot up and hit the top of its dome as well, so we set it free.

My mouth is watering thinking about how I can use them in my kitchen in April. Little do they know what is in store for them. 

Sometime soon the manual instructed me to drop in another pellet of fertilizer. I have had to add water, the level dropped about an inch since we started 10 days ago. 

The hum and light make me feel like I am at my grandparents. There always was a fish tank bubbling water and a grow light for the African Violets when we were growing up.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Day 1: Aero Garden Experiment

Unboxed the indoor hydroponic plant growing box today.  It came with the herb starter kit.

Set up with 6 herbs ranging in germination from 3-14 days.  Added the domes. Filled the container with water and 2 nutrient tablets. Flipped the switch and watching them grow.  The light stays on for 16hrs and goes off for 8. 

Maybe we will start some peas this way.

Stay tuned to see their progress.

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