Gardening in Winter

Happy Saturday everyone!  Or whatever day it is that you happen across this post.  🙂  As fresh white snow falls outside, it’s fresh and green inside… with my new AeroGarden!   Icon

I’ve had one of these on my Amazon wish list forever, and this year my sister bought one for me for Christmas.  Ho, ho, ho, merry gardening!  🎅

This is a 6 pod model that came with a starter set of herbs.  Two varieties of basil, parsley, thyme, mint, and dill.

I had lots of fun setting it up.  It felt more like a science project than gardening, and I suppose it kinda is.  Gotta love science that lets me garden indoors during the winter!  I felt a bit like a mad scientist.  “It’s alive!”   Or it will be soon.  😉  Here it is all “planted”…

It has a handy lighted display that lets you know when it was planted, when to add water, and when to add nutrients…

But it doesn’t actually work properly.  When you add the nutrients after the first 14 days, all you’re supposed to need to do is press the OK button and it’s supposed reset, but it doesn’t.  I’ve had to reset the entire garden twice now, but I guess it doesn’t really matter, once it’s growing, you don’t really need to know how many days it’s been planted.  I went online and found that other people were having the same issue, so at least I know it’s not just mine.

Each pod in the kit came with a little disk shaped label attached to the top that has information about the seeds planted within…

Observe the reflection of the unit’s built-in “disco lights” haha!  They don’t actually revolve around like a disco ball, but wouldn’t that be cool?!  If only they had a suggestion box.  😉   These lights are extremely bright, and because the timer is on the herbs 17 hour cycle, we have to cover it at night until they turn off or we go blind whenever we come into the kitchen.

Despite the 4 – 7 day label on the Thai Basil above, it was actually the Genovese Basil that was the first to sprout…

So exciting!

Soon, all but the dill and parsley were big enough to remove their little domes…

And here they are about a week later with the two basil plants towering over the rest.  I’ve been having to prune the basil a lot…

And here’s what it looked like this morning…

The dill is hiding in the back left corner…

Even though you can’t see it very well from the front, it’s getting plenty of light back there.  Dill grows really tall, so I’m sure I’ll have to keep pinching this guy back to keep it contained.

The thyme is a bit shaded though, so I’ll have to prune the basil a bit more…

No worries about the mint though, I’m sure it’ll grow like a weed regardless, spreading out its minty freshness…

But I will have to tame the mint a bit for the parsley’s sake.  The parsley has taken forever to sprout, I was beginning to worry that I had a dud pod.  But here he is.  Cute little teeny tiny parsley finally sprouting.  🌱

In all, I’m pretty darn pleased so far, and I’m looking forward to growing more fresh goodies in my little AreoGarden.

I forgot to mention that as the plants grow taller you’re able to raise the disco lights.  I raised it higher than recommended to snap the photo below, it’s supposed to be just high enough that the plants aren’t touching it.  If it’s too high, the plants will grow tall and spindly.  You’re also supposed to keep the taller plants pruned shorter until all of the plants are roughly around the same height.  As you can see, I need to prune the basil some more…

How many times have I mentioned that now?  Haha!  Maybe I’ll go down and do it after I post this…

But gosh you guys, do these fresh little herbs ever smell amazing!  It’s especially refreshing right now in the dead of winter.

Thank you again so much, Forest (my sister’s nickname), for getting me this little AeroGarden, I’m having lots of fun with it!  (Even though Mom hates it because of the bright lights. “Bright light, bright light!”) 🙃

Next, I’m thinking that I’ll get a selection of lettuces to grow.  If they do well, I may always grow my lettuce indoors, even during the regular growing season, because the bugs always bug my lettuce. 🐛 By the way, you don’t have to get the AeroGarden’s pre-seeded pods, you can reuse the empty grow baskets and domes that came with the kit and then use your own seeds.  All you’ll need are their little grow sponge thingies.  Just noticing that this kinda sounds like I’m doing a review for the AeroGarden or something haha!

Well, whatever it is, thanks for letting me share about it!  Ahh… the joys of gardening…

Have a wonderful day!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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39 responses to “Gardening in Winter

  1. This is cool! I haven’t come across this one yet.. Is this similar to hydroponics?

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    • Isn’t it though?! 🙂 Yes, I believe it is similar to hydroponics, although this does use “soil” of sorts (the little sponge things), it’s primarily about the water in the tank below. It’s a super cool little thing, and makes me interested in doing something like this on a bigger scale…

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      • It is, indeed! I am gardening on a small scale, but the thought of having some herbs inside the house is very handy especially if we’re cooking with them all the time.. Let us know how you go after a week or so.. Thanks for sharing 😊

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      • I am gardening on a small scale as well – my veggie garden consists of a small 4 x 8 raised bed and a myriad of random pots scattered around the patio. But it’s such a joy!
        I’ve always loved the idea of having fresh herbs growing inside the house too, and as I get into the routine of having something like this, I think I’ll be doing just that. 🙂
        Will do, thanks for stopping by!

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      • You are welcome. Nothing beats fresh herbs, I would say. Plus the joy that it brings when you wake up in the morning and give them some water. Bees and butterflies are my constant visitors and they are just so lovely! Happy Gardening!! 🙂

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      • Everything about gardening is so rewarding isn’t it? Happy gardening to you too! 🙂

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      • It is indeed! 🙂

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  2. Wow – better than I would have expectedly. You have such a green thumb Julie 🌱🌱🌱🌱

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    • I know what you mean, Val, things are rarely as cool as they’re advertised to be, but this little AeroGarden is turning out to be pretty cool! 🙂
      Thank you, but I’m not so sure it has anything to do with the greeness of my thumb as it does the science and engineering of this “Smart Countertop Garden.” 😉


  3. Very cool winter garden, Julie. That basil looks really happy!

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    • Thanks Eliza. The basil is not looking quite as happy now, because I did finally go and prune it way back after I posted this. But hopefully it’ll be all that much more happier in the long run, along with its neighboring herbs getting more light. 🙂

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  4. Oh wow this is wonderful! If I didn’t have my fur angels I’d do this! FYI … my cats would be continuously chewing on these plants …. LOL

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  5. That’s so cool! I may have to get one!! 🍃🌱

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  6. This looks wonderful–and that basil……wow, Julie! This so beats having to garden with the heat and the bugs…..have fun with this!

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  7. Well that is just nifty as can be! Love that! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. In the fall, when the flowers are gone, but the basil is still going, I cut them like flowers and put them in vases. The scent is truly uplifting, and lasts well over a week.
    So glad you’ve got this winter herb garden 🙂

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  8. How fun Julie. I’ve considered several of the indoor grow pods. Thanks for the thorough review. 🙂

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    • It has been fun, I wouldn’t mind having a few of them, so I could grow all kinds of fresh eats during the winter. Haha, I know it did kinda sound like a review! 😉


  9. Looks great and sounds like fun. Thinking I might give this a try.

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    Thanks for sharing, Julie! Great post, put me in a good mood, even though it’s monday morning. Have fun!

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  11. I’m amazed by how fast it’s all growing! Everything I’ve ever tried to grow from seed grew so slowly… or not at all.

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    • Me too! I’ve never had much luck starting seeds indoors either, but I think it’s because of the light. This little contraption definitely provides good light. 🙂


  12. Yes please! Very nice.

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  13. Wow! I love it! Better than a lava lamp!

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