I’m guessing a lot of you have heard the term green thumb. Well I do not have a green thumb however I am exceptionally good at growing grass in the garden and populating it with a wide variety of weeds. I know I am not alone in this skill. Our garden does have six types of flowers though, but only one of them was deliberate. We did make sure that we bought the indestructible type of flower (it is a Lupine) the type that will grow every year despite my best efforts at neglect, so at least some success there. I just found out that buttercups are poisonous! It is a wonder I made it to the age I am now.
The reason I mention this is that we have a garden so there is really no excuse for me not finding some plant seeds, reading a few manuals and planting garden seeds in the garden. Wrong. I know myself: I would start the project and I would lose interest when I do not see any measurable results quickly. So that is when we decided to turn our eyes to hydroponics -- an indoor garden -- something where I can switch it on feed it and then hopefully just reap the benefits as the plants grow.
So with that in mind, this is our story (so far).
A visit to our daughter and son-in-law's exposed us to the power of Hydroponics, in this case an Aerogarden Harvest. Once home we dug deeper (note the cool pun) and with the power of our friend Google found that this was a PERFECT match. I mean, listen to this:
- Grow veggies, herbs & flowers 5 times faster than soil - no soil, no mess!
- Up to 12" of grow height for herbs, lettuces, tomatoes & more
- Easy-to-use simple control panel reminds you when to add water and plant food
- Everything is included and looks nice and kept together
- I calculated the cost of electricity to be just over 85c a month for us here in BC.
I could go on but honestly it grows everything for you; all I have to do is add water, food and light (basically turn it on). Sounds too good to be true right?
So here we go. Time to order one and try it out.
We ordered our unit through our friends at Amazon and as Prime members received it in just a few days.
Inside the box was everything we needed including the unit itself, a pack of 6 gourmet herbs, 6 plant holders and 6 covers. These small plastic domes apparently create little incubation chambers for the plants. Also included was the instruction manual and plant food.
It didn't take long to be honest. It was pretty straightforward. Once I had added the water and food it was time to find a spot for it. Now I knew it would be bright, but it still surprised me. It is VERY VERY bright. So we found a corner of the kitchen for it and turned it on. After a bit of experimenting we decided to have the light on during the night so we are not there to see it. So as it stands it comes on at 6 pm and goes off at 9 am. We are told this is OK for herbs as they do not need a specific night time. Flowering plants though need a dark period, so something to keep in mind. So now we wait...
Okay time travel time. Here we are 8 days later and something is happening!
Every morning now this is our first stop -- to see how our seedlings are growing. So far we have 4 out of 6 sprouting, the other two take a little longer according to the labels. So there we have it! Free herbs from our very own garden, plants that we should be able to harvest for 6 - 12 months and then we can replant them if we want. I will update this blog entry as we go so you can see the progress.
We here at Birdly are now well and truly hooked. So much so that we have created a whole collection for Hydroponics (Click here) which we keep adding to.
Stay tuned :o)
As promised, here are a few updates.
One week in
This next photo is after 3 weeks, from here on it's constant trimming and lots of fresh Basil etc. It was amazing how quick and easy this was.
Click below for our current Hydroponic products