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Old 05-27-2019, 11:49 AM
 
Location: On the Edge of the Fringe
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Greetings

I love Gardening and sadly live in a place where gardening can be a challenge, not just weather wise but with homeowner restrictions and such.
That being said, I purchased a number of $1 hanging baskets which are lined with a coconut husk barrier. I filled them with everything from peppers to herbs and by strategically placing them behind my house (To provide shade from the Florida sun) I now have a nice collection of herbs, peppers and even a nice hanging tomato plant.

For Christmas, my Old Lady got me one of those Aero-Garden devices. It is a self contained garden that has grow lights which go on and off, a circulating fountain which moves water and food through the root system. It came with 6 different herbs, but only two the basil and the oregano, worked. Sadly, they died suddenly after 8 weeks. Of the other 4, three sprouted but died within a few weeks, one never sprouted at all.
I am assuming that this is to keep you rebuying new seed-pods every two months. I thought it odd that something so Expensive ($150 ) would be so shoddy.

I tried to contact the company but no response. I am thinking about taking it back to Bed Bath and Beyond and just leaving it on the desk there. Sure they will not replace it, but at least they can see what a mess it is.

I understand that some people have had some of these which they claim worked, although those may be fake reviews. For now, I will stay away from the product.
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Old 05-27-2019, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Actually, Bed Bath and Beyond has a really generous return policy. I dont' think you even need a receipt. Check it out.

I successfully grow basil indoors under a GE Daylight bulb fluorescent bulb - actually two of them, in a cheap shoplight from Home Depot. I used a big tote from Walmart, drilled holes in the bottom and put it on a big plastic tray. I cut fresh basil for most of last year until I neglected to keep it trimmed and it finally bolted. I keep mine on a dresser in the bedroom under a window, so it also gets window light, but that's not really necessary. No need for a fancy growlight system. I'll see if I can find the links for you, if you're interested in all I purchased. I use good organic soil and miracle grow once in a while and have tons of organic fresh basil most of the year - could probably have it all year round if I kept on top of it.
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Old 05-27-2019, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Puna, Hawaii
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I used to grow tomatoes in an aerogarden. It was nice to have fresh tomatoes when it was dark and snowing outside. It's really more of a gimmick, sort of like having a pet tomato, because it never produced enough fruit to constitute being a food source.


I also grew some lettuce mixes in it. The did well but same thing, it was more like a novelty than anything else.
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