Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Bounty Elite: First two weeks
December 15, 2017
On Thanksgiving weekend (aka Black Friday to Cyber Monday) we were lured to open our wallet by something that my fiance and I had been looking at buying for quite some time, The Miracle-Gro’s AeroGarden. If you’ve never seen one before, they’re desktop units that can support from 3 to 9 “pods” (aka plants) and have everything you need for an indoor, desktop based, hydroponic garden. The AeroGarden is the autopilot of the gardening world. As long as you can follow a few simple directions (adding water, nutrients, etc), you’re guaranteed to have plant growth. Miracle-Gro is so confident in this that all the standard pods offer a guarantee of germination (the plant sprouts) or they’ll replace it for free. So let’s talk about what we got in the first two weeks.
Winter Urban Garden: Rogue Tomatoes?!
April 7, 2016
Dateline: 2016-04-07 Last year about this time our little Urban Garden (then summer garden) got a fair upgrade, including our first tomato plant. Within a month, we imported 10 more tomato plants from the girlfriend’s house. However, come September the season was over and no more tomatoes were to be had. While we hadn’t planted our summer garden yet, a rogue tomato has decided that “It’s time”. To be clear, this is a tomato that regrew itself in one of the pots left out over the winter AND was possibly a regrowth the year before as well — a very hardy plant!
Urban Garden: The end of a season
September 18, 2015
Dateline: 2015-09-13 It’s been a few months since we’ve visited the garden. The time flew by and since then our lovely little urban greenery was growing along just fine. Sure we’ve lost a plant or two over the season and had some bug infestations, but nothing earth shattering. Unfortunately the tomatoes have started to look a bit… sad. Partially we had a bit of a watering issue, but mostly it was the end of their season. We could have goosed them a long for a bit longer with this crazy San Francisco weather we’ve been having (record highs, cold and rainy, record highs… over just 2 weeks), but it was time to call it.
The urban garden gets eaten
August 5, 2015
It is ready!Date Line: 2015-07-06 Our last visit to the garden was a week ago, but it was finally time. In the intervening week, there had been a very warm 4th of July weekend. That heat was just what we need to kick it over the edge. All the waiting, all the patience, it was all for this moment. It is ready for harvesting!
The Urban Garden gets some guidance
July 20, 2015
Date Line: 2015-06-23 It has only been a few weeks since our last visit to the garden, but it was time for an important upgrade. Tomatoes are a type of shrub and while they grow upwards a good bit, they also REALLY like to grow outwards. If you want to get the most out of tomatoes, they need support and guidance to grow tall, rather than wide. Plus if you’re growing a garden on a patio, like me, and don’t have the space — they doubly need help.
Urban garden goes bananas for tomatoes
July 14, 2015
Dateline: 2015-06-07 Basil has been doing decently Since we left the garden about 6 weeks ago, the growth has been solid. The basil has been coming along decently and a number of the “kit” veggies have started to sprout. We’ve even had some great successes on the Tomato front, including the import of ~10 more tomato plants. Frankly I was amazed most everything had survived the experiment so long. My past history with plants is… best left to the plastic kind. I was really getting into this gardening thing!
Urban garden gets an overhaul
July 13, 2015
Dateline: 2015-04-19 Location: Patio Status: Overgrown. Report as follows. So this post is about 3 months late in getting written. While I never intended to let my “Urban Gardening” series wither, I haven’t had time to feed it until now. Expect a few more in the series with a dateline that varies wildly from today.