Normally, I’m a fairly frugal person. I used to splurge a lot in my college days, and once I got in the work force, I calmed down with my impulse buys. So, you will RARELY see me get the latest and greatest RIGHT when it comes out.
Aerogarden has been out for a long time, and I really thought it was just hype when it came out. Hydroponics…pfft. However, years later, I’ve noticed that Aerogardens work really well and they aren’t just an expensive hype. So, I saw that Target started selling them, and I thought, well, let’s wait until they go on clearance. Target is notorious for having seasonal clearances on things that don’t sell, and I figured expensive Aerogardens probably won’t sell here. I was right…4 months later, they started marking them down. I wanted the Aerogarden 3 but it was regularly $99.99. I couldn’t justify the 25% off markdown, so I waited. Then, I noticed they weren’t selling at all STILL. So, they went 50% off to $49.99. I thought about it, but thought eh, I can grow outside herbs. I was talking myself out of it. A few weeks later, I walked by the aisle and there was ONE Aerogarden 3 left. I thought, it has to be on an even greater clearance for being here this long. So, I scanned it…..$24.99. Wow…even I was having trouble justifying that until I thought about the little stimulus raise Obama gave us last year. I thought, well, this is Obama’s treat.
This little guy came with the English cottage seed kit, and I thought this would be great to grow for spring/summer flowers. I can then put herbs in it for around the holidays when the herbs outside aren’t doing so well.
I read the directions, filled it with tap water, added the seed kits with their little germinating domes and watched them sprout. After I removed the domes, it went downhill for me. So, I called Aerogarden asking what did I do? Surely, my thumb isn’t THAT brown…this is supposed to be fool-proof!
The man explained that my tap water is the culprit, and he would send me a new seed kit for free to try again. Very good customer service, Aerogarden. The fact is, they have a germination guarantee on all seed kits, but since mine germinated already, I wasn’t covered by that. So, it was truly great of them to offer a new kit for free! This time, I used distilled water and check out my garden now!
You can kind of see that one plant is doing super well and the other two are tiny. I took this picture last week. The apparent problem is shadowing from the petunia plant. So, I cut it back to make sure that the other two plants were getting ample light and I’m noticing that the other two plants are starting to do much better.
If you are on the fence about getting an Aerogarden, totally consider getting it soon. You might not luck out with the deal I got, but they sell them at Bed, Bath and Beyond with the seed kits (don’t forget your 20% off coupons too!).