By now, you've probably heard about hydroponics. Merriam Webster defines hydroponics as: : the growing of plants in nutrient solutions with or without an inert medium (such as soil) to provide mechanical support. So how exactly do hydroponics work? Well, all you really need is a light source, water, nutrients and seeds. A pump is optional, but highly recommended. Plants will grow in just water and nutrients, however a pump will circulate oxygen in the water and greatly increase your plant's growth. But what else? The definition states to provide mechanical support. Basically, this can be anything that will suspend the seeds and eventually, the plants in the water so both the oxygen and nutrients can reach and nourish the roots.
People are geniuses. Or, rather some are. And they have devised many ways to create hydroponic systems. But if you want your plants to grow year round, it works best if the hydroponic growing can be accomplished indoors. Ahhh! Yeah - really, what looks good in your home, in your living room or on your kitchen counter? There are several systems that would fit the bill, but only one I would recommend on the basis of looks, functionality, ease of use and growth yield. That system is the Aerogarden by Miracle Grow.
I started out about a year and half ago with the little copper-colored Harvest you see here. It soon became apparent that I needed more Aerogardens for two reasons:
1.) growth is so good in these Aerogardens that I wanted to be able to transfer plants that became too crowded.
2.) these little gardens are addictive!
I soon wanted to grow more!
And M O R E!!!!!!!!
I am now the proud owner of 3 Harvests (Copper, Silver and White), 2 Sprouts and one big and beautiful, Farm Plus! I've also purchased a Herbie for my sister. All work great for their relative sizes and styles.
As you can see by the photos, I've grown a variety of edible plants, herbs and flowers:
Basil, Parsley, Mint, Thyme, Oregano, Dill, Cilantro, Leaf Lettuce, Kale, Arugula, Tomatoes, Peppers (my first attempt - good, so far!) and a variety of flowers which I have been able to transplant into soil to liven up my front yard or windowsill.
Aerogardens can be purchased at Bed, Bath and Beyond, ACE Hardware and Kohl's. They are also available through the aerogarden website and of course, good ole Amazon. (Links below) Aerogardens make a great gift!
Link to Aerogarden page on Amazon: https://amzn.to/36W4vn2