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Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7-Pod Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit, Black Reviews

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Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7-Pod Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit, Black

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7-Pod Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit, Black

  • NASA-proven, dirt free growing technology scientifically proven to grow plants up to 10X faster than plants grown in soil.
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  • 2 energy efficient grow lights, grow indoors anywhere, any time of year!
  • No dirt, no mess, no green thumb required
  • 20-Inch L x 12.25-Inch W x 15-Inch Minimum Height, Extends to 21-Inch Maximum

The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7 The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7 is the one that started the indoor gardening revolution! It’s a simple, attractive indoor garden designed to be easy-to-use while delivering high-output at a lower cost than our more fully featured gardens. Perfect for kitchen counters or any indoor growing, the AeroGarden 7 combines NASA-proven growing technology with our 2 bulb, 50 watt CFL grow light hood. The AeroGarden 7 sets up and plants in minutes to deliver big yie

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  • 1,067 of 1,087 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Works as Advertised – Classy Product, November 28, 2006
    By 
    P. Schmidt (Chicago, Illinois USA) –
    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)
      
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7-Pod Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit, Black (Lawn & Patio)

    see update at end of review

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    I was lamenting about only having frech lettuce, herbs, chives, and tomatoes from may garden during the long fall-winter-spring parts of the year. The refrigerated stuff from the grocery store goes bad right away and does not taste as good as the fresh stuff from the garden, either.

    Then I saw a Time Magazine page on the new AeroGrow AeroGarden, and I just had to try it out. After reading the AeroGrow website before making the purchase, I realized that buying one garden would not work for me, as the tomatoes cannot be grown in the same garden as lettuce & herbs. This is partially due to the large amount of room taken up by the tomatoes, and also because the lamp/watering cycle is different and finally because the nutrients are different.

    So, I bought two gardens, along with the Salad Greens seed kit and Cherry Tomato seed kit. Each garden comes with a mixed herb kit, so I figured to mix in a few herbs with the other seeds, and if they did not work, no big loss.

    The products came quickly and the instructions for assembly were very clear and well written with excellent diagrams. I came to realize that this somewhat pricey product at least comes from a company that produces a classy product (a rare thing these days). I found a space on a shelf beside the basement stairs, and placed both assembled gardens there. I also bought and placed a digital thermometer with maximum/minimum temperature memory readouts ($10 at Radio Shack), because I was unsure of what temperature extremes the plants might experience in that location (68-72 as it turns out).

    The seed kits contain pre-seeded planting pods. Each pod is basically a plastic cup shaped frame with two pieces of foam rubber inside the cup part, like two slices of bread with the seeds sandwiched between them. They simply insert into the seven holes in the top of the garden’s water tank. The Salad Greens and Herbs come with seven pods per kit, while the Tomatos come with three pods plus four hole plugs-the plants are bigger so three of them take up thw whole space available. The hole plugs prevent evaporation of the water through the unoccupied holes.

    The water tank holds exactly one gallon of regular drinking water. Well water is not recommended, presumably because of impurities, and since I am on a well I bought two one-gallon plastic jugs of ‘drinking water’ at the store for 50 cents each and filled the tanks with their contents. A pump in the tank takes water and pipes it to the rim of each of the seven holes in the tank’s top, and here the trickle of water flows into the foam sandwich of each seed pod. The foam stays moist and the rest of the water drips back down into the tank. The garden’s ‘computer’ cycles the water flow on and off according to the amount recommended for the type of plant being grown. A water level sensor turns on a flashing red light when it is time to add more water to the tank.

    The top of the garden is a reflector with two compact-fluorescent lamps, of the variety that has the special ultraviolet (UV) coating that causes the emmitted light to resemble sunlight. The reflector rides on a vertical pole that extends up from the garden’s base, so you can raise and lower the lamps as required to keep them the correct distance above the plants. The garden’s ‘computer’ also turns the lamps on and off according to a schedule tailored to the type of plant. If using the gardens in a place where the light might be a problem at night, you can syncronize the computer so that the lights are on only during the daytime and off when you are trying to sleep.

    The seed kits come with little clear plastic cups that cover each pod until the seeds have germinated, then you can dispose of them. The kits also come with a bag of nutrient tablets, which you add to the water tank when the computer prompts you to by flashing a red light. The nutrients are tailored to the type of plant being grown, and there are enough of them to feed the plants during their anticipated life span.

    I planted one garden with five salad green (leaf lettuce) pods, plus one pod each from the Herb kit, chives and parsley. The other garden got the threee pods from the Cherry Tomato kit; two reds and one yellow variety.

    Each seed pod has a label that tells you how many days to wait for plants to appear after germination. All of my plants appeared like clockwork.

    I have had the gardens for about six weeks now, and have been enjoying salads containing lettuce, parsley and chives plus other odds and ends from the fridge, for the last two or three weeks. The lettuce and herbs are all beautiful, with no problems from bugs or too much/too little water, excessive temperatures, etc. No need to wash the plants or check for bugs or pick off bad spots, everything goes straight to the salad bowl. What a joy! Even with only five…

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  • 818 of 843 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    A Nice Item That Makes a Horrible Racket, August 28, 2007
    By 
    M. Boomgarden “Mike B” (Chicago, IL, USA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7-Pod Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit, Black (Lawn & Patio)

    I bought an AeroGarden for my wife back in May. I’ll start with the positives: It’s a clever, generally well-designed item that generally functions well and is a nice addition to the kitchen. It’s really great to have easy access to fresh herbs. In fact, if not for my one big complaint, I’d seriously consider getting another AeroGarden, so we could grow a greater variety and have a continuous supply of herbs.

    However, there’s a fundamental design problem with the AeroGarden’s pump. After having the AeroGarden for about a month, the pump became terribly noisy, to the point where it could be heard vibrating in adjacent rooms. After running through a few steps with customer service, they sent me a new pump. However, because they’ve apparently had so many problems with the pumps, they were back-ordered and it took about three or four weeks for the replacement to arrive. Once I replaced the pump, the AeroGarden was again a welcome cohabitant, virtually silent except for the gentle sound of water trickling through the system.

    All was fine until I pulled out the last crop of plants and inserted new seed pods and nutrients. I thoroughly cleaned out the reservoir unit, but within a few days, the pump (a replacement) started getting noisy. I just called AeroGrow’s customer service department and they are shipping another pump.

    The customer service folks have been very helpful, but they’ve acknowledged that there’s a design problem. The pumps get noisy because tiny bits of root or nutrients get past the foam filter in the base unit, then get sucked into the pump’s impeller. A small nick in the impeller throws off the balance of the pump and they become increasingly noisy. The only answer–at this point–is to periodically replace the pump.

    So, just a little shy of four months into AeroGarden ownership, I will soon be on my third pump. I’m hopeful that they’ll get this figured out at some point. They’re very understanding and helpful in replacing the noisy pumps, but it appears to me that there’s a fundamental design problem. As much as I like the AeroGarden when it’s functioning as it’s supposed to, I can’t in good conscience recommend buying one at this time. I’d wait until they get this problem sorted out.

    UPDATE:

    The third pump did the trick. I haven’t had to replace it since. I’m not changing my rating, however. Overall, I like the AeroGarden, but their seed pod packages are overpriced and underperform. The tomato garden was a total bust–lots of leaves, but not a single tomato–and the herb gardens always include one or two plants that die out within a few weeks. Some herbs consistently do well–basil and parsley come immediately to mind–but others just wither and die (and, yes, I’m very careful about water levels, nutrients, and trimming the herbs appropriately).

    I think they could do a much better job of selecting quality plants that would actually perform well. Since this has been a consistent theme with each of the herb packages I’ve tried, I have to assume that most purchasers will have the same problems.

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  • 277 of 293 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Why Didn’t Someone Think of This Sooner??!!, July 6, 2006
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    NuJoi “Create with me” (Chicago, IL United States) –
    (VINE VOICE)
      

    This review is from: Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7-Pod Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit, Black (Lawn & Patio)

    I love this product — no dirt, no bugs and no chance of over-watering! This is very easy to assemble and easy to use. Just add water and a couple of nutrient tablets every two weeks. There’s even a light that tells you when you need to do this.

    I planted my Gourmet Herbs on June 15 and I was ready to harvest the basil before the fourth of July! If you follow the instructions, there’s no way to mess this up. The herbs lasted about six months. My only caution is (and this is noted in the instruction booklet) that the lamps are on about 16 hours a day and they are bright at night. I can close off the bedrooms, so it doesn’t bother me.

    I highly recommend this product to anyone one who has tried to grow herbs indoors in the past. Aerogarden’s customer service team is the best — they know their stuff and are vary helpful. I had a problem with one of the herb kits and they have really worked to fix the problem.

    Update: I read another reviewer’s note about installing a new pump. I had a seed pod that never sprouted and after being shipped a replacement pod that also didn’t work, Aerogarden sent me a new pump. I installed it last night with a new kit. The instructions were clear and it was pretty easy to do. I liked doing it myself in five minutes instead of sending the unit somewhere to be repaired. It still was an inconvenience, but my positive experiences with the product far outweigh the annoyance of the installation.

    Update:
    My first kit was the gourmet herb and as noted above, I had problems with the cilantro. I have since replanted my garden by mixing the French, Itallian and new Gourmet Herb kits and they’ve worked beautifully,especially the cilantro. The new pump has made all the difference. My oregano is even more hearty this time around. With the mew pump, all of my herbs are doing better. After almost two months of growth, the thyme appears to be the least robust of the bunch, but still has a good yield. It’s in a back corner spot.

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  • 4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    A Waste of my time and Money and It Needs an Editor!, February 19, 2013
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    This review is from: Herbs (Kindle Edition)

    IMO, the very general info provided in this kindle “book”, I could have gotten for free on the web. In fact, I have. I have numerous books on herbs at home. I was hoping for something new to add. I also caught several grammatical/spelling errors. I can’t believe I was charged for this!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars
    FREE, October 31, 2013
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    This was a free book that was recommended by a book club I follow on FaceBook. Im not sure it is free anymore.

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  • 1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    Loving Herbs!!, March 14, 2013
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    I love working with herbs. This book is great and very informational. I have learned a lot from it. It has some really good information.

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