Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7 with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit
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- The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7 is the extraordinary soil-free indoor garden that grows plants 5 times faster than soil
- Grow fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers and more… let your imagination grow wild
- Includes 2 high-performance, full spectrum CFL (Compact Flourescent Light) Grow Lights
- Easy-to-use Control Panel automatically creates optimal conditions for your plants by turning Grow Lights on and off and regulating water and nutrient delivery
- Includes 7-Pod Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit that contains: Genovese Basil, Thai Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Curly Parsley, Dill and Mint
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|AeroGarden 3||AeroGarden 6||AeroGarden 7||AeroGarden 7 LED||AeroGarden Extra LED||AeroGarden Ultra|
|Grow Lights||1 CFL, 26 Total Watts||1 CFL, 52 Total Watts||2 CFL, 52 Total Watts||LED, 20 Total Watts||LED, 30 Total Watts||3 CFL, 78 Total Watts|
|Growing Height||Extends to 12"||Extends to 12"||Extends to 12"||Extends to 12"||Extends to 24"||Extends to 24"|
|Number of Plants||3||6||7||7||7||7|
|Control Panel Tech||Automated Grow Lights and Nutrient Reminder||Automated Grow Lights, Nutrient & Water Reminders||Automated Grow Lights, Nutrient & Water Reminders||Automated Grow Lights, Nutrient & Water Reminders||Automated Grow Lights, Nutrient, Water Reminders & More||Interactive LCD Controller, Fully Automated, Customizable|
The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7
Features & Benefits
- Grows 5 times faster than soil
- Soil-free, no-mess indoor growing
- Grow anything including fresh herbs, salad greens, vegetables, flowers & more
- Advanced hydroponics - made simple
- NASA-tested growing technology...Guaranteed-to-Grow
- Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit includes: Genovese Basil, Thai Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Curly Parsley, Dill & Mint
Grow Fresh! Grow Fun! The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7 is the extraordinary soil-free indoor garden that grows plants 5 times faster than soil. Grow fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers and more… let your imagination grow wild! The AeroGarden 7 sets up in minutes. Just drop in the seed pods, add water and nutrients then watch it grow. Easy as 1-2-3!
The easy-to-use Control Panel automatically creates optimal conditions for your plants by turning lights on and off, reminding you when to add water and our specially formulated Liquid Nutrients. The AeroGarden 7’s energy efficient, full spectrum Grow Lights significantly increase plant yields.
Get Growing Now!
The AeroGarden 7 assembles in just minutes without tools and comes with everything you need to start growing. Planting is a snap. Just drop in the pre-seeded pods, add water and the specially formulated Liquid Nutrients. Your plants can germinate in just a few days, be ready for harvesting in a few weeks, and will keep producing continuous harvests for up to 6 months and longer. Indoor gardening can’t get any simpler!
Advanced Hydroponic Growing System
The AeroGarden uses advanced hydroponics to create an optimal environment for healthy, rapid plant growth. The AeroGarden reservoir provides the root system with an abundant balance of oxygen, water, and nutrients to enable plants to grow more than 5 times faster than when grown in soil. Root systems are suspended in air and water inside the reservoir and naturally grows fast and efficiently as perfect levels of nutrient and water are automatically delivered exactly when needed.
High Output Indoor Gardening
The AeroGarden 7 grows plants up to 5 times faster than plants grown indoors in high quality potting soil. That’s 5 times more herbs! 5 times more lettuce! 5 times more fun! The AeroGarden 7 has two full spectrum Grow Lights helping deliver 250% bigger yields than the AeroGarden 3. The AeroGarden can literally pay for itself in just a matter of months depending on what you choose to grow.
Fantastically Fresh & Healthy
Nothing is fresher than herbs, salad greens, even vine-ripened cherry tomatoes picked fresh from your indoor garden. In our tests, lettuce grown in the AeroGarden contained almost 300% more Vitamin C than the average of store bought lettuce from both conventional and organic sources. It can deliver handfuls of fresh herbs, vine-ripened cherry tomatoes, or fresh salad greens in the middle of winter.
The AeroGarden 7 offers a wide variety of pre-seeded, Plug & Grow Seed Pod Kits, all tested and approved for our unparalleled Guaranteed-to-Grow warranty. Choose from a variety of fresh herbs, salad greens, flowers, and veggies. The AeroGarden can keep you growing new plants year after year. For the ultimate in variety, plant and grow your own seeds with our Grow Anything Seed Pod Kits.
Automated Control Panel
The easy-to-use Control Panel automatically creates optimal conditions for your plants by turning lights on and off, reminding you when to add our specially formulated Liquid Nutrients, when to add water, and when to replace your Grow Lights. There’s no green thumb required!
Healthy Plants - Healthy Food
At AeroGrow, we believe our products should be as “green” as they can be. Many of our seeds are heirloom varieties, we source organic seeds when possible, and we never use GMO seeds. We work with suppliers who share our values and are dedicated to providing the highest quality products. Our specially formulated Liquid Nutrients contain no pesticides or herbicides. Our vitamin-packed nutrients contain minerals such as iron, calcium, and magnesium and are derived from sources that ensure high levels of consistency and purity.
|Manufacturer Part Number||2101-00B|
|Package Height||10.3 x 11.4 x 18.8 inches|
|Shipping Weight||8.2 pounds|
The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7 is the extraordinary soil-free indoor garden that grows plants 5 times faster than soil. Grow fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers and more… let your imagination grow wild! The easy-to-use Control Panel automatically creates optimal conditions for your plants by turning the lights on and off and reminding you when to add our patented, specially formulated Liquid Nutrients. The AeroGarden 7 can be set up in minutes - just insert the Seed Pods in your garden, add water and nutrients, and then watch it grow! Now you can garden indoors, year round, and your plants are Guaranteed to Grow!
Top Customer Reviews
I was lamenting about only having frech lettuce, herbs, chives, and tomatoes from may garden during the long fall-winter-spring parts of the year. The refrigerated stuff from the grocery store goes bad right away and does not taste as good as the fresh stuff from the garden, either.
Then I saw a Time Magazine page on the new AeroGrow AeroGarden, and I just had to try it out. After reading the AeroGrow website before making the purchase, I realized that buying one garden would not work for me, as the tomatoes cannot be grown in the same garden as lettuce & herbs. This is partially due to the large amount of room taken up by the tomatoes, and also because the lamp/watering cycle is different and finally because the nutrients are different.
So, I bought two gardens, along with the Salad Greens seed kit and Cherry Tomato seed kit. Each garden comes with a mixed herb kit, so I figured to mix in a few herbs with the other seeds, and if they did not work, no big loss.
The products came quickly and the instructions for assembly were very clear and well written with excellent diagrams. I came to realize that this somewhat pricey product at least comes from a company that produces a classy product (a rare thing these days). I found a space on a shelf beside the basement stairs, and placed both assembled gardens there. I also bought and placed a digital thermometer with maximum/minimum temperature memory readouts ($10 at Radio Shack), because I was unsure of what temperature extremes the plants might experience in that location (68-72 as it turns out).
The seed kits contain pre-seeded planting pods. Each pod is basically a plastic cup shaped frame with two pieces of foam rubber inside the cup part, like two slices of bread with the seeds sandwiched between them. They simply insert into the seven holes in the top of the garden's water tank. The Salad Greens and Herbs come with seven pods per kit, while the Tomatos come with three pods plus four hole plugs-the plants are bigger so three of them take up thw whole space available. The hole plugs prevent evaporation of the water through the unoccupied holes.
The water tank holds exactly one gallon of regular drinking water. Well water is not recommended, presumably because of impurities, and since I am on a well I bought two one-gallon plastic jugs of 'drinking water' at the store for 50 cents each and filled the tanks with their contents. A pump in the tank takes water and pipes it to the rim of each of the seven holes in the tank's top, and here the trickle of water flows into the foam sandwich of each seed pod. The foam stays moist and the rest of the water drips back down into the tank. The garden's 'computer' cycles the water flow on and off according to the amount recommended for the type of plant being grown. A water level sensor turns on a flashing red light when it is time to add more water to the tank.
The top of the garden is a reflector with two compact-fluorescent lamps, of the variety that has the special ultraviolet (UV) coating that causes the emmitted light to resemble sunlight. The reflector rides on a vertical pole that extends up from the garden's base, so you can raise and lower the lamps as required to keep them the correct distance above the plants. The garden's 'computer' also turns the lamps on and off according to a schedule tailored to the type of plant. If using the gardens in a place where the light might be a problem at night, you can syncronize the computer so that the lights are on only during the daytime and off when you are trying to sleep.
The seed kits come with little clear plastic cups that cover each pod until the seeds have germinated, then you can dispose of them. The kits also come with a bag of nutrient tablets, which you add to the water tank when the computer prompts you to by flashing a red light. The nutrients are tailored to the type of plant being grown, and there are enough of them to feed the plants during their anticipated life span.
I planted one garden with five salad green (leaf lettuce) pods, plus one pod each from the Herb kit, chives and parsley. The other garden got the threee pods from the Cherry Tomato kit; two reds and one yellow variety.
Each seed pod has a label that tells you how many days to wait for plants to appear after germination. All of my plants appeared like clockwork.
I have had the gardens for about six weeks now, and have been enjoying salads containing lettuce, parsley and chives plus other odds and ends from the fridge, for the last two or three weeks. The lettuce and herbs are all beautiful, with no problems from bugs or too much/too little water, excessive temperatures, etc. No need to wash the plants or check for bugs or pick off bad spots, everything goes straight to the salad bowl. What a joy! Even with only five lettuce plants, I have to eat two meals including salad each day to keep up with the growth. This would easily feed two people, and if all seven salad green pods had been used, three people.
The tomatoes are all doing well ahnd have been pruned according to instructions. It will be some time yet before they produce flowers, and then fruit. But based on the health of the plants, I expect a good yield.
Each seed kit comes with a full color manual/booklet that covers all aspects of 'planting', germinating, feeding, pruning (if required) and then harvesting the plants. There are also photos of plants where things have gone wrong (leaves burned because the lamps were not raised up as the plants grew taller, etc) with clear instructions on how to recognize problems and correct them. Harvesting instructions clearly tell how much can be taken at a time without killing the plant, and so on.
The AeroGrow gardens are a well designed, well built product with excellent documentation. All my visitors are amazed at how well the product works, and many have gone out and bought their own. I anticipate years of improved eating because of this product.
Update November 2007
I used my two gardens all Winter (2006/2007) until it was time to start getting produce from my real (outdoor) garden in the Summer, at which time I put the little gardens to rest for the season. During their use, I got a large crop of cherry tomatoes, all of which were beautiful. I went through on crop of lettuce and salad greens, and when the lettuce finally bolted, I replanted with only lettuce (no chives, etc this time) and got another couple of months worth of lettuce. I have now fired them up again in the Fall, and have nice little plants popping up. Aerogrow has more seed options available now, so I have planted a more interesting kind of lettuce.
However, there's a fundamental design problem with the AeroGarden's pump. After having the AeroGarden for about a month, the pump became terribly noisy, to the point where it could be heard vibrating in adjacent rooms. After running through a few steps with customer service, they sent me a new pump. However, because they've apparently had so many problems with the pumps, they were back-ordered and it took about three or four weeks for the replacement to arrive. Once I replaced the pump, the AeroGarden was again a welcome cohabitant, virtually silent except for the gentle sound of water trickling through the system.
All was fine until I pulled out the last crop of plants and inserted new seed pods and nutrients. I thoroughly cleaned out the reservoir unit, but within a few days, the pump (a replacement) started getting noisy. I just called AeroGrow's customer service department and they are shipping another pump.
The customer service folks have been very helpful, but they've acknowledged that there's a design problem. The pumps get noisy because tiny bits of root or nutrients get past the foam filter in the base unit, then get sucked into the pump's impeller. A small nick in the impeller throws off the balance of the pump and they become increasingly noisy. The only answer--at this point--is to periodically replace the pump.
So, just a little shy of four months into AeroGarden ownership, I will soon be on my third pump. I'm hopeful that they'll get this figured out at some point. They're very understanding and helpful in replacing the noisy pumps, but it appears to me that there's a fundamental design problem. As much as I like the AeroGarden when it's functioning as it's supposed to, I can't in good conscience recommend buying one at this time. I'd wait until they get this problem sorted out.
The third pump did the trick. I haven't had to replace it since. I'm not changing my rating, however. Overall, I like the AeroGarden, but their seed pod packages are overpriced and underperform. The tomato garden was a total bust--lots of leaves, but not a single tomato--and the herb gardens always include one or two plants that die out within a few weeks. Some herbs consistently do well--basil and parsley come immediately to mind--but others just wither and die (and, yes, I'm very careful about water levels, nutrients, and trimming the herbs appropriately).
I think they could do a much better job of selecting quality plants that would actually perform well. Since this has been a consistent theme with each of the herb packages I've tried, I have to assume that most purchasers will have the same problems.
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