Several years ago my mother received the AeroGarden (Classic) as a Christmas gift. She got the black unit which matches her kitchen appliances and creates a very attractive display on her kitchen hutch.
At first, I had indoor garden envy. As an indoor grower of herbs and flowering house plants I had to admire the beauty of the thing. After all, most of my grow systems are ‘jerry-rigged’ out of net pots, inexpensive plastic pieces and miscellaneous odds and ends soldered together – efficient and productive, but not very attractive. That’s what you get when experimenting (in soil, soilless, hydroponic, semi-hydro, aeroponic, passive hydro etc.) on a budget.
After observing my mom’s first growing season with the AeroGarden I was already thinking of ways I would reverse engineer the unit (if I had my own) to grow the plants that *I* would want to grow, without having to buy the seed kits from AeroGrow. For this primary reason I wasn’t in any hurry to purchase a unit.
Fast forward to December: I decided to get some replacement bulbs and seed kits as stocking stuffers for Mom. I discovered the Master Gardener Kit that allows you to plant whatever seeds you want in your AeroGarden Classic (so, Mom is getting that for Christmas, too). And I discovered all the different models that have come out since the original AeroGarden, from cute and colorful to space-saving units and the Pro Series. They even have a trellis system for tying tall plants like tomatoes and peppers.
Finally, I made the commitment and ordered an AeroGarden. Check out unboxing the AeroGarden Pro 200.