This time of year can be one of the hardest to make it through cooking wise. I love to use a lot of fresh ingredients in my recipes, and it’s not like I can go outside and grab fresh veggies. And the cost of fresh fruit and vegetables go up everywhere. I love to garden, but with snow filled lawns, and frigid temperatures it isn’t something that I can do.
Thankfully AeroGarden sent me one of their new Ultra models to review, and I’ve been having fresh basil for the past few weeks. So much basil in fact that I had to get creative on what to do with it! Check out my post of Three Things to do with Fresh Basil (one of you will need this soon!)
The Ultra comes with 7 Basil seed pods, nutrients for your plants and the actual unit. It is all you need to get going. You simply put your plants in, their little domes on top, add your water and nutrients and wait. That is one of the hardest parts, you’re going to want to see your plants right away!
While I waited for my basil to grow I decide to take pictures – I tried to do one every day for the first few weeks. I did notice that some of the plants started out and had a bit of “fuzz” on them. This is normal and they grew fine. You can check out the pictures below in the video, I was going to add music but couldn’t find a song that would work :). You can quickly see how fast the Basil grows!
And in no time, I had a pile of basil to work with. You simply can pick the basil off the plant and use it in your recipes. My first harvest was relatively small, but now I’ve been harvesting a huge amount of basil every week. I’ve given bags away, made recipes and dried the basil.
When I first set up the Ultra I put it in the kitchen. I figured that’s where I would use it most, and it’s close to the water. But really all it needs is an electrical outlet. However, when Jason got home that night he asked if I had installed the sun in our kitchen. And, well technically I had! The Ultra is on for 17 hours a day to grow the basil and uses very bright lights – so bright it actually lit up our kitchen and dining room most of the day and night.
After a few days it was moved to the work desk in my office. Remember how I said it only needed a power plug? I plugged it back in and I add water only when it tells me to and I top it off when I add nutrients.
Moving the Ultra concerned me a little – would it start over? When I plugged it back in the screen lit up and asked me if I wanted to start a new garden or if I lost power. I told it I had lost power and it put the settings back to where they were.
The AeroGarden Ultra is so easy to use and I love that I can not only grow herbs in it, but I could grow salad greens, tomatoes and more. All inside with little to no effort. It doesn’t matter if you’re a master gardener, or if it’s 20 degrees out you can have fresh herbs or veggies year round. It’s amazing how much this little machine produces in just a few weeks!
Now the really fun part! AeroGarden wants one of my readers to grow their own fresh goodies! Be sure you read how to enter below, if you don’t do the mandatory entry you wont be entered to win!
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I would want the basil and some tomatoes
I would love basil,oregano,rosemary,
I’d want to have either a mixed salad or mixed herbs!
oh goodness, my husband would try every herb possible for cooking lol.
basil and chives
I would try parsley first, but any herb would be great to try fresh for cooking, which is something I dont do but would like to.
I want to grow Jalapenos for my fresh salsa!~
Love all herbs!! So excited! Would love to win an Ultra!!
I would love to try growing strawberries!
My wife would LOVE this! She has been wanting to grow her own lettuce.
I would attempt growing an apple and orange tree. I have aerogardens now and grow lettuce and tomatoes but I want to try starting the apple and orange trees and then transplanting them outside. Not sure how well they will survive Albertan winters but it’s worth a shot.
All the fresh herbs I can!!!!
love the aerogarden
I would grow Tomatoes & Jalapenos! 😀
I think this would be great for growing lots of things — I’d try growing peppers and/or beans.
Super spicy peppers would be my choice.
salad greens & cherry tomatoes
I’d go for the cherry tomatoes and spicy peppers. I really love the aerogardens lights, the ones that say feed me and give me water, with two kids I need them or I just forget 🙂
I love the fact that I can grow hibiscus in February, and or tomatoes. I have the aerogarden 3, and I want the Extra.
I would love to grow some herbs, especially basil! 😀
I love all herbs! Overflowing the aerogarden would be awesome! 🙂
I love the Aerogardens! Herbs and salad greens work best. I have not had much luck with tomatoes, my plants are great but never blossom.
Jalapenos & Cilantro
I want to grow Ghost peppers! It is too cold here!
I bought my folks the Aero 7 for Christmas; they live in OR. They are so excited everything is sprouting. already thinking about growing Cherry Tomatoes! So if I was to win the Aero Ultra, I’d trade them! Thanks
I have three aerogardens and they’re great!
I would love to grow some red leaf lettuce sweet peppers and herbs all at the same time so my little ones can pick their own salads!
Herbs and peppers!!
Would love to see strawberries come back but seeing that I have grow anything kits and strawberry seeds, I will give them a go in my Ultra after the tomatoes are done.
I’d like to be creative and say something other than basil, but that is what I miss the most during the winter…. fresh basil.
some herbs, especially basil
I’d like to grow lots of Lavender to seep in with my tea every night.
basil, tomatoes and peppers
I would love to grow basil. We put it in nearly everything!
I’d like to try the chili peppers or mega tomatoes.
Tomatoes and lettuce
It’s hard for me to decide… It’d be a bit of a toss up between fresh herbs and tomatoes. Nothing like fresh, properly ripened tomatoes *drool*, but fresh herbs tend to be kinda expensive at the store =/
I think I’d have to buy another one if I won so I could have both ^.^;
Would love to have an indoor herb collection, winter food is so bland w/o a selection of fresh produce
Collard Greens, Spinach, Kale, Lettuce, Chili Peppers, garlic, kittens EVERYTHING!!!!!!
Basil, basil and more basil…..so I can make fresh pesto!!!
I love all my aero gardens and I would really love the new model….The herbs and veggies are wonderful and I have petunias growing right now and the are beautiful my kitchen and living room feel like spring.
I bought my first Aerogrow in Nov 2012, got so excited growing cherry tomatoes, I had to have more. When my greenhouse was blown away an a strong wind, I thought I guess there’s my sign. I bought 3 more. I grow lettuce, herbs and have used all that delicious basil in many recipies and my own orange tomatoes. I have them in my bedroom so I can benefit from the light to treat seasonal effective mood disorder(winter blues). Now I just need one more to grow the cottage garder flowers. I could use a free one, because my familiy thinks I’m already crazy buying 4, they just don’t get it, spring year round, how cool is that!
Oh man, cilantro, oregano. parsley. Everything! lol
Most definitely peppers, tomatoes, and all those other plants that won’t grow in our short, cold, wet summers. Might want to try butternut squash!
I have had a hard time growing tomatoes for the last two years outside, so I would definitely grow tomatoes.
I’d like to grow herbs and tomatoes.
I would grow Tomatoes!
I have one ( but not an Ultra ) and love it! Red Peppers and Golden Tomatoes planted right now
I would definitely want to grow some lettuce and some herbs.
I Am Going To Do A Calif Legal Grow In It
I would plant herbs! Basil, thyme, parsley. Would love to have fresh available during the winter.
I would grow a variety of herbs like basil, dill, chives, oregano, parsley, etc! I love aero garden and recommend to all my friends!
Defiantly Basil, It’s so hard to keep in a garden outside.
I would grow peppers and strawberries.
Thank you for giving this away. I have wanted one for years!
I would grow parsley, basil and mint. I love them!
I would grow parsley, cilantro, basil, chives and lemongrass. I love herbs!
I would like to do mini peppers I have spices, greens, and tomatoes started already.
I love my basic Aerogardens…I would grow tomatos in this one!
I want to grow tomatoes
We Will Try Again I Will Try To Grow something Related To The Tomato Family because the other were too small this looks just rite
I just bought the ultra. This is my first aerogarden. I just set it up tonight with the herb package. I can’t wait to see them grow. I put it in the kitchen and it lights up the whole kitchen. I love the it! Sure would love to have another one.
I Will grow any & everything I can! I NEED this. I LOVE to eat healthy & cook healthy & flavorful so i would LOVE for some Herbs to be at my finger tips! Yum! THANKS for the chance to WIN!
i’d love to grow herbs in this
I would start salad items- Love the garden in summer but now the winter makes it hard to get GOOD salad.
Most definitely cilantro and chives. Maybe some strawberries and cherry tomatoes too!
Thanks for the great review! I am so scared to have plants but this takes out all the guess work so I don’t have to worry about over/under watering or how much sun or any of that! It is black thumb-proof! Woohoo!
I would grow basil.
I would love to win one 🙂 I would grow super hot chili’s .
That would be great for winter! I especially love basil….
Growing at my work desk probably.
I would grow a thai birds eye pepper which is small enough to fit in a aerogarden and pick them fresh to eat with curry and rice.
I would prob grow basil at work and pick them fresh and make pizza pockets fresh at my desk.
Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme and Parsley!
hoping to win
I’d love to be able to grow basil for pesto during the winter!!
I would grow tomatoes and salad greens for sure!
i would grow lettuce, basil, chilis, oregano, try growing a tea tree from seeds.
I just want a year of grow lights and extent sockets.
I would grow herbs and heck just everything, I love plants and gardening…always wonder about those.
Ooooo—how cool! I’ve been thinking of growing some herbs–maybe some basil–and some peppers.
I would love to grow tons of fresh herbs!
What WOULDN’T I grow? I would definitely have to grow tomatoes, green beans, and herbs… so many things I would love to do… what a neat little machine!!!
I,d love basil and rosemary and grape tomatoes
I’d try all the herb that I use in my homemade spaghetti sauce!
Would LOVE to have fresh herbs all year round !! Living in Michigan…you do not get that opportunity !!
tomatoes and herbs.
lettuce and tomatoes.
I would love to grow some Chine Lettuce
I would grow cherry tomatoes or lettuce.
I would grow rosemary, basil and tomatoes!
i would try to grow basil.
Rosemary, basil, and other herbs
I would start with herbs, then to tomatoes, I miss my garden in the winter.
I would want to grow everything in it from flowers to herbs to watermelon and tomatoes i have 3 daughters that love to grow a garden and that would help to start out on the right track thanks for the chance good luck everyone
I would LOVE to have a big Aerogarden! I would grow flowers and herbs for my new kitchen!
Salad Lover’s mixed greens yummmmm
tomatoes and green beans!
Definitely fresh herbs. We use the dried ones in the jar & they are not as favorable as fresh.
Well, pretty much anything. I haven’t had any luck growing stuff outside
parsley and basil
I’d love to have an Aerogarden to grow fresh parsley and basil all year long.
Would love to grow lettuce & tomatoes.
I would love to grow basil,oregano,tarragon,mint,chives and some peppers too.
I would love to try this! I would try mostly kitchen herbs but would love to know how carnivious plants would do in this? I have serveral in cooling right now but this could be fantastic for them as well! Thank you for the chance to win!
I would love some fresh tomatoes year-round.
strawberries or cherry tomatoes, maybe some oregano, or basil
Oh my gosh this is so awesome– I would grow cherry tomato–basil–spiniach,parsely oh my gosh I really want one
i want to try to grow something in am appt.
Tomatos and Lettuce and also Lavander
I have never tryed anything like this. It would be great learning the different things you could grow
I would LOVE to have one of these for herbs and fruits that don’t winter over well outside!
I would love to grow some pretty flowers! To bring some cheer to this cold and grey winter!
This is cool and looks real easy 🙂
I would love to grow cherry tomatoes 🙂
Mega Cherry Tomatoes, Fire Ember peppers, Lettuce Varieties, Herbs of all sorts…. hhhmmmm the possibilities are endless!!!!
Oh, my gosh, herbs!
Rosemary, parsley, chives, and any thing else I can get my hands on.
I would want to grow banana peppers and bell peppers.
I’d want to grow sweet bell peppers.
i want to grow cilantro
herb and peppers and tomatoes and lettuce and….
I would grow my fave herbs
I would love to try this product to grow a Vietnamese vegetable, water spinach. And of course all the herbs and tomatoes. Also, I hope this unit can help with the winter blues too. We don’t have much sun in WA.
love the aerogarden