Join the AeroGarden Family in celebrating the 8th annual Indoor Gardening Month. All throughout the month of February we will be featuring educational tools, special offers, videos and more to help you grow a thriving garden right in your home. Each week we will feature new topics with relevant videos, tutorials, recipes and educational content to help you get the most from your AeroGarden experience. Watch this video to familiarize yourself with the extraordinary Miracle-Gro AeroGarden.
Week 1 - INDOOR GARDENING 101 | February 1st - 7th
Got the Winter Blues?
Indoor gardens can bring the sights and smells of a spring garden into your home in the middle of winter. Follow our 101 tutorial below or choose the topic that interests you. Growing indoors has never been easier.
Ideal Light For
What We Like
Right For You?
It’s winter outside, but it looks like spring inside!
Most people would never think that the middle of winter is the perfect time to start gardening, but with the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden you’ll be amazed to find yourself enjoying a home grown tomato while snow is on the ground. And, with Indoor Gardening Month bringing indoor gardens to the forefront this February, it’s the ideal time to enjoy the wonder of indoor gardening!
Benefits of an AeroGarden
• No green thumb needed
• Enjoy fresh home-grown herbs, salad greens, veggies, and flowers year-round
• Plants to grow 5 times faster than in soil
• Plants grow quick and will be ready to harvest in no time
• Guaranteed to germinate
About the AeroGarden
Plants grown in an AeroGarden love the environment
of ideal light, water, air and nutrients resulting in fast, bountiful harvests.
Easy-to-use control panel that does it all. Automatic Grow Light On/Off and Nutrient reminder.
Just drop 'em in and watch 'em grow.
No soil, no mess, no green thumb needed.
Plants thrive in water, air and specially formulated nutrients ~ year-round.
High performance, energy efficient LED lights deliver an ideal color spectrum for fast growth and big.
AeroGardens are foolproof, soil-free, indoor gardens-so easy to use that anyone can grow lush, beautiful gardens, all year ’round.
Ideal Light For Happy Plants
LED Grow Lights are Precise, Efficient and Friendly
Many classic house plants, such as spider plants and ficus trees, grow well in the relatively low light levels found in most homes and apartments. With many other plants, more light is needed to succeed. We have spent many years and trialed thousands of LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) to develop LED Grow Lights that maximize plant growth in indoor gardens. AeroGardens with LED lighting use state-of-the-art technology to deliver up to 50% more growth while using up to 60% less power than AeroGardens with CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lights) Grow Lights.
Always keep your plants an inch or two below the lights as they are growing and don’t hesitate to prune if needed; your plants like it! Basil is usually the first to sprout and it grows rapidly, prune the basil and avoid raising the lights until all other plants are well established. You can learn more about pruning in Week 2.
Top 5 Benefits of LEDs
Red, White and Blue LEDs create an optimal growing environment for plants which results in larger harvests. LEDs generate just the spectrum to efficiently photosynthesis, for happier plants.
LEDs use less energy and don’t need to be replaced as often. Since LEDs last 3-5 years and cost only pennies per day to operate, you can save $100’s of dollars in energy and grow light replacement costs
LED lights use lower wattages while producing more light. Lower wattages produce less heat. Plants do not like hot grow lights burning their leaves, using their water and heating up the room. LEDs are much cooler.
LEDs allow AeroGardens to have thinner, sleeker light hoods than traditional CFL Grow Lights, making the gardens more attractive.
LEDs generate extremely focused light beams, sending light straight down to plants instead of up toward the hood or into the room. The elimination of light spread results in more pleasant living spaces and less wasted energy.
How It Works >>
Feeding Your Plants
When growing outdoors, plants develop elaborate root systems to search out the 13 essential macro and micro nutrients needed for growth. Properly enhanced soils grow plants faster and healthily. Indoors, it's actually easier to ensure proper nutrients for your plants because you’re working with more controlled environments, in smaller containers or using hydroponics. In soil, the smaller quantities mean you can use better soil mixes and additives than are feasible in larger outdoor gardens.
AeroGardens grow up to five times as fast as plants grown in soil. Faster growth means bigger yields and less down time between harvests.
AeroGarden vs. High Quality Potting Soil
AeroGarden’s plant food contains a patented pH buffer which puts most tap water in the U.S into the perfect range for healthy growth. The feeding schedule is very important. Three pod AeroGardens require 4ml of nutrients every two weeks to ensure proper plant growth. Six, seven and nine pod AeroGardens growing herbs, flowers, salad greens or Mini Cherry tomatoes require 8ml of nutrients every two weeks. Big and Tall plants such as the Mega Cherry tomatoes and Sweet Bell Peppers require 8ml of nutrients for the first two feedings, than 12ml per feeding thereafter (every two weeks).
Water For Your Plants
Proper water levels are required by plants to deliver the nutrients and other building blocks for fast healthy growth. Give them too much water, and plants will literally drown. Give them too little, and plants will wilt and dry. In addition, different plants like different watering conditions. Lettuce likes 'wet feet' but cilantro and rosemary like things dryer. Knowing what’s best for each plant in your particular growing conditions (climate, location in your home, etc.) often takes months or years of trial and error. For indoor gardeners using soil, improper plant watering is a leading cause of garden failures.
AeroGardens typically work best with tap water. We recommend not using well, spring, or mineral water as these are not ideal for hydroponic gardening. If the municipal tap water in your area is too hard, softened, filtered, or heavily chlorinated, we recommend changing to distilled water.
The AeroGarden system helps simplify watering an indoor garden in three ways.
1. Roots are suspended in water and air, making sure plants get plenty of water AND oxygen for fast, healthy growth.
2. The AeroGarden automatically reminds you when to add water to ensure your plants get what they need.
3. AeroGarden plant foods contain a patented, organic pH buffering system that adjusts most municipal water to an appropriate pH range for healthy growth.
Water Flow >>
What We Like to Grow
Modern indoor gardens can provide food, flowers and experiences that were impossible in years past without your own personal greenhouse. Here are our FIVE favorite indoor gardens...
Fresh Culinary Herbs
The ability to grow fresh culinary herbs, right in the kitchen, will delight any cook. Most AeroGardens fit well on the kitchen counter, and produce amazing results. In a recent test, a standard AeroGarden, with no extra care, produced $150 worth of fresh basil in just 4 months, versus buying that basil at the store. That's a lot of garden-fresh pesto!
Few things are more fun than picking fresh lettuce from an indoor garden and enjoying it moments later in a salad or on a sandwich. Salad greens grow quickly and are easy to tend. The ease of growth makes it fun to try spicy specialty lettuces, like mizuna or tatsoi, that are often unavailable in stores.
Fresh Peppers Year-Round!
We like to spice things up. Our abundant choices of pepper Seed Kits provide gorgeous green, red and purple peppers that will have abundant fruits all year round, making it easy to add a little heat (or a lot!) to any meal. From sweet bell peppers to extremely hot ghost peppers, you will be able to spice up any meal.
Garden-Fresh Tomatoes in February!
The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Extra, Ultra and Bounty models provide more light, more growing height and bigger reservoirs allowing indoor gardeners to grow garden-fresh vine-ripened tomatoes year- round.
Most houseplants don’t flower; there just isn’t enough light. That's why the majority of flowers you see in homes are cut flowers-- grown in a greenhouse and bought at a store, bringing beautiful colors into the home for a few days before hitting the trash can. With AeroGarden’s powerful Grow Lights, you can enjoy a blooming indoor flower garden year- round. Our favorites are Cascading Petunias, Rainbow Fire and Phlox in a Box. They create vibrant blooms that are guaranteed to brighten up any room.
Start Plants Indoors for a Better Outdoor Garden
Gardeners can get a head start on outdoor gardens by starting plants from seeds inside, while it is still cold outside, then transplant the seedlings outdoors when the weather is warm. This will save you hundreds of dollars versus buying plants at the nursery. In addition, with so many more seed types available than there are pre-started plants, gardeners can really customize their gardens when they start plants from seed.
Tips on when to start seeds indoors?
1. February for spinach, kale, lettuce, beets, and other cold weather garden plants
2. March for annual bedding plants and flowers
3. April for hot weather favorites like tomatoes, peppers and squash
Our favorite tool for starting seedlings is the AeroGarden Seed Starting System, now available in five different sizes to fit our smallest gardens to our largest gardens. The Seed Starting System starts 15-50 seedlings at a time, giving them perfect light, water and nutrition for fast growth and healthy root development. And the Seed Starting System is dirt-free – no messy transplanting, potting or soil prep needed. Seedlings go straight from the tray to your outdoor garden or planter. Come back in Week 4 to learn helpful tips for starting seeds indoors and transplanting outside.
Plant and grow your very OWN seeds year-round in the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden. We have made it easy for you to grow your own seeds, such as snap peas, cucumber, or wildflowers with the Grow Anything Seed Kit. You have the option to grow your plants to maturity and harvest straight from your AeroGarden, or easily transplant seedling and plants outdoors when temperatures start getting warmer. Our seed pods use biodegradable Grow Sponges to provide an ideal balance of oxygen and water for reliable germination.
Which AeroGarden is Right for You?
There are many reasons to want an indoor garden in your life. The AeroGarden, makes indoor gardening easy, inexpensive, high yielding and mess free. Miracle-Gro AeroGardens take out all the guess work of gardening with our wide array of gardens ranging from small 3-pod gardens up to 9-pod fully customizable gardens. Find the AeroGarden that best fits your needs and get growing!
Week 2 - PRUNING & HARVESTING | February 8th - 14th
Scared to Prune?
Enjoy videos, tips and educational tutorials that will teach you how to prune and harvest your plants in no time! Pruning and harvesting increases the beauty of your garden and also helps your garden to produce more abundant amounts of herbs, salads, vegetables and flowers.
Herb Garden Pruning & Harvesting Tips
By not pruning some of your tallest, fastest growing plants, you may not be letting your other pods grow. Watch this video to learn more about pruning for a more healthy, beautiful garden!
Follow these 9 steps on proper pruning
and harvesting and you will increase the yield,
longevity and appearance of your herb garden.
Prune early and often, especially fast growing basil. The earlier you start pruning, the more you’ll harvest long term!
Keep your lights as low as possible for as long as possible. This means prune your fast growing tall plants to keep your lights within 4 inches of your shortest plant.
Prune horizontal growth so that it does not block
light to neighboring plants.
Always prune at a leaf joint.
A leaf joint is the point of connection of a leaf with the stem from which a bud arises.
Never prune more than 1/3 of the plant at one time.
Pruning the newest growth of basil plants will create more leaf growth and less stem growth.
To keep your thyme and mint plants bushy, remove the pieces that have long stems and few leaves.
Rotate the pods and put the fullest side of the plants out and the thinner side in towards the center of the garden.
Basil, mint and dill are fast growing plants and require more pruning than thyme, oregano, parsley and dill which are slower growing
Need more information?
Check out our Tending & Harvesting Guides
Visit our AeroGarden Customer Service & Support page for more guides >>
Week 3 - PEPPERPALOOZA | February 15th - 21st
Week 3 of Indoor Gardening Month is devoted to peppers - Pepperpalooza. This year, we have added four new pepper varieties including one of the world’s hottest peppers, the ghost pepper and a crowd favorite, the cayenne. With the AeroGarden, you'll be able to pick fresh peppers for your meals right on your countertop. Check out this week’s content for tips, recipes and more.
6 Key Elements to
How Hot Do You Like It?
Spice Up Your Life & Food!
6 Key Elements for Growing Peppers Indoors
Tomatoes and peppers can be some of the most challenging, and rewarding crops indoors. AeroGardens have taken the guesswork out by testing and selecting several varieties of tomatoes and peppers to sell as kits for you. Follow the 6 tips below for tomato & pepper growing success.
The golden rule for growing tomatoes and peppers indoors is MORE LIGHT = MORE TOMATOES & PEPPERS. Light is the most critical determining factor in tomato and pepper yields when growing indoors. While we have seen pictures of tomatoes growing in big dirt pots in sunny windows, that is much more the exception than the rule. Most likely, these plants will end up stretching for light, looking stringy, and not setting fruit. The grow lights of the AeroGarden provide abundant and uniform light that will make your plants very happy.
Choosing the right variety of tomato or pepper for indoor gardening is key to success. Between heirlooms and bred varieties, there are over 500 active tomato and pepper varieties on the market at any one time. AeroGarden has tested hundreds of varieties of tomatoes and peppers, looking for ones that stay the right height, look attractive as they grow, and produce a lot of tasty fruit. We currently offer varieties we have had the most success with, but there are hundreds of varieties available, so Experiment!
Water & Nutrients
Because of their size and fast rate of growth, tomatoes and peppers have different nutrient and water needs than your average houseplants. Both grow well in hydroponic or soil-based gardens, however almost any hydroponic system will grow much more quickly than dirt. As plants grow, they start using water much faster. A common mistake made by tomato growers is not increasing the frequency of watering as plants grow. After germination, when plants are in 'high growth' mode, check water usage frequently. For best results, do a water change every two weeks.
Tomato and pepper plants contain both male and female components in each flower, and are self-pollinating. However, in nature, wind and insects shake the pollen from one part of the flower to another. Indoors, you need to be the wind, or the bee.
When flowers appear and open, start gently shaking the plants a few times a day (or point a fan at the plants) in order to shake the pollen loose and set fruit. The AeroGarden
Be the Bee Pollinator is a great tool to maximize the pollination of your plants. We have found that plants pollinated with the Be the Bee Pollinator produce up to 300% more fruit. Get ready for your abundant harvest!
'Be the Bee' Pollinator
The number one enemy of successful indoor harvests of tomatoes and peppers is impatience. From the moment of planting, you are likely at least 90 days away from a first harvest, and sometimes more. While tomatoes grow rapidly and start to flower quickly (often within 30 days in hydroponic setups) it will take another 30 days for fruit to grow, and another 30 days or more to ripen. During that time, your plant will change from cute little plants to tall, sometimes not so attractive plants.
Many assume something is wrong with their plants. There is nothing wrong, it just takes time, and tomatoes and peppers are notoriously fickle indoors. They set fruit at their own pace. Sometimes, flowers will form and drop off. This could indicate a light issue, but as often as not, that plant just isn’t ready yet. Patience is key.
Determinate vs. Indeterminate
Tomatoes generally are divided into two groups: Determinate and Indeterminate. Indeterminate varieties are vine tomatoes and will literally keep growing almost forever, as long as conditions are right. It is not unusual for these tomatoes to grow to 20 feet tall or more in greenhouses. In general, these types are often NOT suitable for most indoor gardening situations. Determinate varieties grow to a “pre determined” size and then stop growing and set fruit. For most indoor gardening situations, you are looking for a “dwarf determinate” variety.
For peppers, variety is important, but less so. Some pepper plants may grow to 6 feet tall, but most stay about perfectly sized for indoor gardening. Jalapenos, Habaneros, Asian peppers and certain dwarf Bells all do extremely well in indoor gardening situations.
Peppers come in many varieties from a sweet mild bell pepper to a Very HOT Ghost Pepper.
The most common method for measuring the heat of a pepper is the Scoville Scale, which was created by pharmacist Wilbur Scoville in 1912. Peppers can have a Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) rating from 0 to over 1,000,000, depending on the capsaicin concentration. The graphic below is helpful in choosing peppers that will meet the heat intensity you desire.
Sweet Bell Pepper
Beautiful Plant that produces sweet fruits that are a perfect addition to any meal.
Classic Hot Green Peppers that turn red as they mature. Use them raw in salsas, cooked in curry recipes, battered and fried for poppers, or baked in cornbread.
Add a mild, sweet heat to your favorite meals. Stuffed Pepper recipes will be better than ever when made with a poblano pepper grown in your AeroGarden!.
One of the hottest peppers in the world. Add ghost peppers to curries, pickles and chutneys to make them hotter and spicier than ever.
Spicy little red peppers that add zip and color to salsas and stir-fry dishes; chopped fine, they can replace Cayenne pepper for heat and flavor
This mild pepper will add flavor and spice to your favorite dishes. Anaheim peppers are especially great in chili rellenos and green chili!
Purple Super Hots
A small pepper with a BIG hot flavor that is included in the Chili Pepper Seed Pod Kit.
Salsas and Hot Sauces will be kicked up a notch with Cayenne Peppers grown right in your kitchen
Shop AeroGarden Pepper Seed Pod Kits
Are you a pepper lover seeking the hottest sauce or wanting to try new foods made with peppers? Then you may want to visit a pepper festival. Below are just a few of the hundreds of pepper themed festivals and events held across the country each year.
If You Can Stand the HEAT, Then Get in The Kitchen!
Peppers are a great way to add flavor and spice to your recipes. Here are a few of our favorites…
All recipes are courtesy of Epicurious.com
CRAB BISQUE WITH SWEET RED BELL PEPPER
3 cups coarsely chopped red bell peppers
1 cup chopped green onions
1 cup coarsely chopped celery
2/3 cup coarsely chopped carrots
1/2 cup coarsely chopped red onion
2 teaspoons dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 14 1/2-ounce cans diced peeled tomatoes in juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
PORK CHILI GREEN VERDE ENCHILADAS ( WITH ANAHEIM PEPPERS )
2 fresh Anaheim chilies
1 14 1/2 -ounce can low-salt chicken broth
1 1/4 cups chopped onion
4 ounces tomatillos, husked, rinsed, quartered
1 jalapeño chili, seeded, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 cup sour cream
8 medium poblano chiles (1 1/4 lb)
1 large onion, finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon corn oil
1/4 cup water
2 plum tomatoes, finely diced
2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast meat
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 1/2 oz Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 1/4-inch dice
JUANA'S CHICKEN-STUFFED POBLANOS
Week 4 - CELEBRATING FOODIES | February 22nd - 28th
This week we are celebrating foodies with amazing recipes in which you can use your homegrown herbs, vegetables, salad greens and even flowers straight from your AeroGarden. Of course the best part about using what you grow in your AeroGarden is that it is the freshest, safest and healthiest you can get! No delayed shipping, no preservatives, pesticides or herbicides.
Salad Year 'Round
Store, Dry & Freeze
Our Favorite Recipes
Salad Year 'Round
Growing Salad Greens in an Indoor Garden
Salad greens are a staple in daily meals. They are versatile and delicious. Growing greens at home, all year round is so much better than store-bought for a variety of reasons. Salad greens picked and eaten fresh don’t just taste better, they are better for you. In our studies, lettuce grown in the AeroGarden averaged 3 times the vitamin-C of a wide variety of conventionally and organically grown lettuces available at the store. While grocery stores have gotten better in the past few years, they still can’t match the variety available to grow at home. If you like iceberg, or romaine, or maybe a greens mix, you are set. But if you know there is a world of greens out there, exploding with flavors and textures, it’s hard to be satisfied with iceberg. Spicy cress is delicious on roast beef sandwiches or in stir fries. Or, try Chinese cabbage in soups. Arugula, grown on your desktop can make a wonderfully spicy snack in the middle of the afternoon.
Key Factors to Growing Salad Greens Indoors
Lettuce is a sun loving plant. While it loves cool weather, it needs lots of direct light to produce big yields. To see the difference that light makes, look at the two photos below of lettuce with good light, and lettuce that is struggling to find enough. Simply put, without enough light you just won’t get yields that reward you with enough lettuce to make it worthwhile.
Growing media is the stuff that plants root into that helps support them and acts as a “medium” through which they get water and nutrients. Hydroponic media range from clay pebbles to peat-based sponges to systems that have almost no media, like the AeroGarden. Hydroponics provides about a 3X boost in growth rates compared to growing in soil. That’s the difference between two salads a week and six, to put some simple math on it.
Here in Colorado, our season for harvesting lettuce lasts about 3 weeks in the spring and another 3 weeks in the fall. We move from too cold to too hot almost overnight. Greens in general are early season, cool weather crops — you can plant them outdoors and they will live under light snows. But they absolutely hate the heat. The short growing season is one reason to grow most greens indoors, year round. It’s pretty easy to keep at least one room in the house in the 65 to 75 degree temperature that greens love for most of the year. If your salad greens are stretching, bolting, getting bitter, and “going to seed,” check your temperature.
There are literally hundreds of varieties of greens available to try, all with different flavors, shapes, colors, growth habits and potential yields. Some, like AeroGrow’s Salad Greens mix, will sprout in 18-24 hours, and some take up to a week or more. Our highest yielding seed kit in the AeroGarden is the Salad Greens kit. You can literally harvest for sandwiches in about 2.5 weeks, and small salads at 3 weeks. Our custom kit choice lets you grow all our varieties to see which ones you like best, or create your own custom mixes. AeroGrow offers a wide variety of greens, most of which are hard to find in stores, or grow your own with one of our “Grow Anything” kits. AeroGardens all grow greens well, but for highest output, grow in one of our tall LED gardens, like the Bounty.
How to Store, Dry, & Freeze Your Herbs
If you harvest more herbs than you can use, you can store them in the refrigerator. Some of the higher water-content herbs such as basil, parsley, savory, cilantro, chervil, sorrel and mint keep best if stored upright in the refrigerator with their leaves kept relatively dry, but with their stems in water. The AeroGarden “Herb ’n Save” works great for storing these herbs. Most of the lower water-content herbs such as sage, dill, savory, oregano and thyme prefer to be stored in unsealed bags in the fridge, with a piece of paper towel inside the bag to absorb condensation and to moderate humidity.
All herbs can be dried successfully with the proper technique, but the easiest to dry are lower water-content ones: sage, dill, savory, oregano and thyme. If you want to dry the juicier herbs such as basil, cilantro and mint, extra care must be taken to make sure they do not develop mold before they dry completely.
1. Harvest whole stems (with leaves intact) and bundle 4-6 stems together at the base with a rubber band. Make sure the rubber band is tight enough to continue to hold the herb stems as they dry and shrink.
2. Take a small brown paper bag, label it with the name and harvest date of the herb, and poke a few holes in the bag for air circulation. Open the bag fully to allow for maximum air flow.
3. Place the herb bundle upside down in the bag, and gather the opening of the bag around the stem ends, tying them up together with a piece of string. Make sure the herbs are not too crowded in the bag, or mold can result.
4. Hang the bag so that the herbs are upside down in a warm room with good air circulation. The bag will help absorb moisture and wick it away from the plants as well as protect the herbs from light, which will help assure maximum retention of flavor.
5. Check the herbs inside the bag in about two weeks to see how they are drying. Check every week or so until they are completely crispy dry before placing them in airtight containers for longer-term storage.
6. Remove the leaves from the stems when they are dry, and store the leaves whole until ready to use in the airtight container. The leaves will retain more essential oil and therefore more flavor if left in whole-leaf form until ready to use.
1. Place herb leaves (not stems) between paper towels and microwave on “High” for a minute and a half.
2. Check for dryness – and they probably will not be dry yet – and then give them additional 30-second microwave blasts on “High”, checking them after each one until they feel completely dry. Careful – you do not want to burn them!
3. Store the whole leaves in an airtight container until ready to use. They keep best away from light in the refrigerator.
Quick Tip - Microwave to Dry Herbs
All herbs can be frozen for longer-term storage. There are two methods: whole-leaf freezing, and ice-cube freezing. For either method, harvest only fresh, whole, healthy leaves, wash them if necessary, and pat them dry with a clean towel. To freeze whole leaves, place the leaves on a cookie sheet (making sure they are not touching each other) and place the cookie sheet in the freezer until the herb leaves are frozen solid. You can now take the frozen leaves and put them in a labeled zipper bag in the freezer – now that they are frozen, they will not stick together in a solid mass.
To make herbal ice cubes, fill ice cube trays half-full with herb leaves, and then cover with water. Place the trays in the freezer until completely frozen, then pop out the cubes and store in labeled zipper bags in the freezer. When ready to use, just add a cube or two to your favorite soup or stew, but don’t expect to use them as a fresh garnish – they will turn black as they thaw.
Our 4 Favorite AeroGarden Inspired Recipes
Interested in learning about growing different types of food in your AeroGarden? With a variety of Seed Pod Kits, you can start creating Italian inspired sauces, Thai stir fries, even Peruvian ceviches!
SPICY LAMB & LENTILS WITH HERBS & CUCUMBER
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 pound ground lamb
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 cups cooked brown or French green lentils
1/2 English hothouse cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus leaves for serving
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
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SLICED STRIP STEAK WITH ARUGULA AND PARSLEY
2 (1″-thick) boneless New York strip steaks (about 10 ounces each)
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
1 bunch arugula, tough stems removed
1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 red chile, thinly sliced
4 ounces caper berries, halved if large
2 ounces Parmesan, shaved
1 cup parsley leaves with tender stems
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THAI GROUND-PORK SALAD WITH MINT AND CILANTRO
1 bunch fresh cilantro with roots
1 bunch fresh mint
1/2 small head white or green cabbage (about 1 pound)
2 small shallots
10 ounces lean ground pork
3 to 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 to 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce (preferably naam pla)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
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BASIL LEMONADE OR LEMONTINI
Pick ½ cup of basil. Can be Genovese, globe basil etc.
Add 3 tablespoons sugar
Crush basil and sugar together with a muddler
Add 4 cups water
Add ½ cup of lemon juice (fresh squeezed is best)
Stir, let sit for 10 minutes (even more is better)
Strain out crushed basil
Pour over ice and serve with a garnish of fresh basil
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3 Useful Aerogarden Cooking Accessories
Need a little help or inspiration in the kitchen? Here are our 3 favorite kitchen accessories...
Herb 'N Serve
The Herb ‘N Serve is a great accessory for making vinaigrettes and marinades with your AeroGarden Herbs. The perfect companion to the abundant fresh herb harvests from your AeroGarden. Just add oil and vinegar to pre-measured markings on carafe and a handful of freshly harvested AeroGarden herbs for garden-fresh vinaigrettes and marinades. Serve them table-side in the detachable carafe. Includes 20 recipes from around the world.
Written exclusively for AeroGarden Herb Kits, this cookbook contains over 200 recipes with photos to inspire you to use your herbs in new and exciting ways. Includes intro section filled with helpful tips and tricks for all of your herbs.
& Chopping Board
Once you own this handy Mezzaluna set, you will never want to go back to chopping herbs with a flat knife and board again. The comfortable grip and rocking motion make quick work of herb preparation. The Mezzaluna herb chopper has double blades. The wood cutting board has double slots on the edge for convenient storage of the herb chopper.
Week 5 - SEED STARTING | March 1st - March 7th
Welcome to Week 5 of Indoor Gardening Month!
This week for seed starting, we have videos with tips on starting seeds indoors and educational articles on the best way to use your AeroGarden for seed starting.
Expert gardeners know that starting seedlings at home has many advantages over buying plants. Find out why!
Get More Out of Your
Garden with a Seed Starter
Start Your Garden Indoors
Transfer Your Seed
Our Seed Starting Systems
for Every Garden!
6 Reasons to Start from Seeds
At AeroGarden, we love gardening – indoors and outdoors. The AeroGarden not only makes it possible to garden indoors year round, but it also give you plenty of options for starting seeds indoors for your outdoor garden or containers. Expert gardeners know that starting seedlings at home has plenty of advantages over buying plants at the nursery, here are just 6 reasons:
Seeds cost a fraction of what grown plants cost from the nursery. Save hundreds of dollars starting from seeds at home!
Your local nursery will sell dozens of varieties of tomato seeds – but likely only a couple of varieties of tomato plants. Experiment and grow what you LOVE!
Starting seeds at home lets you use heirloom seeds from your favorite, juiciest harvests and grow them at home year after year. Start a family tradition! Share favorites with friends!
The ability to start seeds inside and transplant seedlings to the garden as soon as weather allows, gives you a serious jump on the gardening season.
Lots of Color
The Seed Starting System is great for starting flowers too. Replace expensive store-bought bedding plants with beautiful flowers you’ve nurtured from seed.
Watching the seeds you have planted start to sprout indoors and then prosper after being transplanted outdoors is just plain rewarding.
3 Easy Ways to Start Your Garden, Indoors
The AeroGarden makes it easy to start plants indoors with perfect light, water and nutrients, letting you get a big jump on the outdoor gardening season. There are three easy ways to start seeds indoors for your outdoor garden, patio planters or containers. See the new video, with 3 easy step to the Seed Starting System!
Seed Starting System
The Seed Starting System lets you start up to 50 seedlings for transplanting outdoors. The seedlings are perfect for outdoor gardens or patio container gardens and it really gives you a head start on the gardening season.
Grow Anything Kit
The Grow Anything Kits let you start plants in the AeroGarden, with plenty of room to grow and then transplant to your outdoor garden, containers or upside down gardens when the time is right. This is perfect for larger “summer” crops like peppers, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and more. The Easy Transplant baskets make it simple to free up the roots for fast transplant.
Standard Seed Pod Kits
Standard Seed Kits – Any of our standard kits can be transplanted outdoors into containers or soil. Herb kits are easy to transplant into containers for a summer herb garden on the patio. And the tomatoes in our Cherry Tomato Kit are the perfect size for creating beautiful, compact cherry tomato bushes in containers close to your kitchen door.
Start to Finish
AeroGarden Seed Starting System
Watch this seed starting video from John the Indoor Garden Guy, and take your AeroGarden Seed Starting System to your outdoor garden, for fresh, strong plants all season!
3 Tips for Successful Transplanting
Prevent transplant shock by hardening your plants off by increasing amounts of time outdoors each day until you transplant. Skipping this step is the most common mistake new gardeners make when transplanting plants outdoors. Plants need to “toughen up” from the spa-like conditions in the AeroGarden. Start with moving the AeroGarden bowl outdoors, plants and all, for a few hours a day. Increase the number of hours each day, being careful not to expose the garden to snow or temperatures close to freezing. The plants will get tougher each day. When they can survive a whole day on a shaded porch, they are ready for the outdoor garden.
3. Water A Lot:
New transplants need consistently damp soil until they are established. Water every day for a week or more after transplanting, twice a day if it is really hot and sunny.
2. Transplant on a Cooler Day:
Even if you’ve hardened your plants off, putting them out on a sunny, 90 degree day will guarantee trouble. Pick a cool, damp, cloudy day for best results.
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