After almost 5 months of playing the waiting game, guess what? A teensy tiny tomato sprouted in my Aerogarden! I feel so blessed to be experiencing the veggie (well, fruit in this case, right?) miracle of life.
There have been some amazing urban farming initiatives popping up in NYC like this one and this one, but for those you with limited outdoor space or exposure to sunlight, I really recommend the Aerogarden. I was actually about to not recommend it because it does take a long time (in my experience at least) for the tomatoes to sprout but now that they did, I am singing a totally different tune.
Shinobi got the Aerogarden for me as a Christmas gift and I’ve been enjoying salad greens from it ever since. If you’re thinking of getting one for yourself, here are some pros and cons:
- Fresh salad greens, veggies, fruits and herbs right in your kitchen – even if you live in a tiny apartment like I do
- You don’t have to worry about your greens having pesticides on them because you grew them yourself
- Easy to maintain, you just need to clean it once in awhile and add water and the included nutrients
- You’ve heard of the local food movement, right? Well, it doesn’t get any more local than your own kitchen.
- It looks cool and I actually consider it “decor” for my kitchen. People are always fascinated by it when they come over.
No jalapeños yet. But there are some pretty white flowers so I’m optimistic.
- My salad greens were easy to grow and I harvested my first salad in just a few weeks, but the tomatoes took 5 months to sprout and no jalapeños in sight yet.
- It’s a bit energy intensive because of the grow bulbs, but if you’re careful about saving energy in other parts of your home by turning off unnecessary lights and appliances, you should be fine
- If you want to grow different kinds of plants, you have to buy more than one Aerogarden. To be fair, I’m growing salad greens and jalapeños and tomatoes in mine (which seems to be working okay), but I read on forums that it’s not optimal and that if you try to grow the strawberry kit or herb kit with other plants, it doesn’t work.
Hope that inspires you guys to try the Aerogarden too. And if you do have some sunny outdoor space to grow stuff, check out these Farmboxes that my friend Aki and her pals build out of 100% recycled materials.