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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