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Started a New Hobby
on September 30, 2013
First off, my wife has always discussed the desire of having her own Herb Garden, but we have lacked the outdoor space, time to do so, and are limited with a short growing season. When I saw this product and thought, Brilliant! I have heard of hydroponic systems (Aerogarden is an Aeroponic System) utilized in different countries and even Disney World (The Land), but I never saw this indoor model before. Since then, we have learned of many other systems and are even considering making our own larger version. In regards to this product, it is easy to set-up and runs by itself via timers. All you have to do it check the prompt lights. If it needs water, it will prompt you to do that, just fill it to the line. If it needs some of the nutrient solution that comes with it, it will prompt you to do that too. Long story short, my wife loves it. It is truly the lazy person's ticket to being a green thumb. In terms of growth, we have 5 out of seven plants (from the included package) growing well. The other seeds might be a lost cause, but knowing this process works well with the other five plants (mostly basil) gives us hope of future growth. We have heard there are issues with the pump upon the second setup post cleaning via nutrients chipping and therefore unbalancing the blades, but as of now, it runs quietly and well. This is a great product, but be warned...it might start an addictive year round hobby.
I just felt the need to update my review now that we have been growing herbs for a while now with this great system. Originally I wrote we had 5 out of 7 plant growing; however, a week later all were growing and we have been harvesting ever since. We even purchased a dehydrator since we were not utilizing the herbs fast enough (just my wife and I). The only odd thing I can mention is we grew two different plants out of the mint pouch. One is obviously mint, the other...we have no clue. It isn't any herb we recognize and we are still trying to figure it out. However, in terms of the other herbs, nothing beats the flavor of cooking with fresh herbs, and we truly had a surplus of them. Other than that, the nutrient and water lights do not always light up when needed, but if you check the water level every few days (once a week for us), you start to understand the usage timing without them. This is truly a wonderful system and we will be attempting growth of different forms of Lettuce next. I can definitely see the purchase of another in our near further.
So far, we have not have many issues with our Aerogarden until recently. Today, one light blew out and it has only been 4 months of use. The instructions state that the bulbs should last at least a year, but obviously this is not the case. We have also talked to a few friends who own the Aerogarden (same model), and they state they always have extra bulbs on hand via the fact that they usually go bad in 5-6 months every time. Furthermore, our motor periodically is making a loud sound, but stops before we can ever get to it. It is annoying when you have silence in a room and then a loud almost grinding sound occurs. It is also concerning whether it would be a safety matter as well. In either case, that is something we will keep a close eye on in the weeks to come. For these reasons, we have lowered our rating from 5 to 4 stars. We hope this review helped.