apartment gardening

Every year when summer rolls around, I miss having a yard and a garden and a barbecue, etc, etc, etc. A few years ago my parents gave me an AeroGarden for my birthday as a way to help with this problem. (Well, with that problem and the problem that I really can’t grow plants to begin with.)

The AeroGarden has been going strong for a while, so I decided to buy some “real” plants about a month ago. They were doing quite well, sharing light with the AeroGarden plants and living in their original seedling containers.

It seemed, though, a good second-day-of-summer-vacation activity to get all of these put into proper pots and in a place where they could absorb some natural summer sunlight.

With the help of painter’s drop cloth, I did the planting right on the living room floor.acation activity to replant them and get this apartment garden really going:

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The current garden has four jalapeno plants, four bell pepper plants, four tomato plants, one rosemary plant, two basil plants, a succulent and some flowers that I’m attempting to grow from seeds.
 
The big experiment in all of this is basil. I have one Genovese Basil plant and one Thai Basil plant that were transplanted today from the AeroGarden. I’ve read varying reports on whether you can do this successfully. I’m hoping yes, but only time will tell.
 
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I’m hoping that all of this works out well and that expansion is in the near future!

The Aerogarden

I’m going to preface this post by saying that I was obsessed with the Aerogarden long before I had one. I even get their monthly catalogues (which, when I told my mom, prompted her to say “I didn’t know it was that serious”).

I really do think it’s the coolest thing ever. One of the things that makes me a little sad about my apartment (apart from the fact that I can’t have a dog) is that there is no patio, let alone a backyard. When I first saw the Aerogarden on TV, I thought it would be the perfect solution.

So, it’s pretty low maintenance, which is awesome for me because I have a tendency to kill plants. You fill the reservoir with water and nutrient tablets, set the light timer, and drop in the seed pods. The coolest thing is that you put these little “biodomes” over each pod. (Yes, I’m way too excited about this.) The lights provide the seeds with 16 hours of artificial “daylight” every day and 8 hours of darkness. Fortunately, it can be over-ridden and the light hours can be customized. It’s pretty bright and would be slightly annoying if it had to be on during the night. The machine monitors the water level and alerts you when you need to refill it or add nutrients.

All in all, I absolutely love it, and it hasn’t even produced herbs yet!

My Aerogarden!

My Aerogarden!