Growing Herbs indoors in my AeroGarden Harvest Elite

AeroGarden Seed Pod Kit
Garden journal cover

Welcome to my Project Journal growing herbs indoors using my AeroGarden Harvest Elite.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap. but by the seeds that you plant” by Robert Louis Stevenson

I thought this quote fit my Project Journal on growing plants indoors using my AeroGarden Elite. Growing plants indoors in my AeroGarden is a passion of mine, and I would like to encourage others to discover the pleasure and the benefits of growing your own indoors.

I’ve been gardening for some time now and as I get older I can use the AeroGarden indoors all year round to grow beautiful fresh herbs, vegetables and flowers.

Before Planting the Seed Pods

AeroGarden Seed Pods, Nutrients and Domes
Seed Pods, Nutrients and domes

According to the package the assumption is the seeds will sprout within the time frame as quoted on each label.

When planting seeds outdoors, you don’t get to see the seeds sprout. The stages of a plants growth bring pleasure and a sense of achievement when they become fully grown, and ready to pick fresh to your cooking or plate.

I have chosen the AeroGarden Herb Seed Pods, they include.

  • Genovese Basil
  • Thai Basil
  • Curly leaf Parsley
  • Dill
  • Thyme and
  • Mint

Day 1

16 Oct 2020

I decided to start recording how my herb garden grows! I cleaned my unit and planted my seed pods. Then I checked to see if everything is in working order. Lights are working check, everything nice and clean, check, the pump is working check at first I thought it wasn’t. But it is, set the clock check.

One thing I love about my AeroGarden Elite is the pump. I often read comments in reviews saying their pumps are quite nosy. I must be lucky because I hear a slight trickle of water when the pump comes on, and it lasts about five minutes.

Everything is now set to go!

Day 2

17 October 2020

Lights are working well; the pump is still operating quietly. Seed Pods look okay. I see there is some condensation forming inside the domes. When the seeds begin to sprout, I will take some photos and upload them to the daily diary.

Day 3

18 October 2020

Not much is happening at the moment. everything appears to be in order. Mary, Mary quite contrary. How does your AeroGarden plants grow?

Day 4

19 October 2020

Aerogarden Genovese Basil Sprout on day 4
Genovese Basil

When I woke up this morning at 6 am, I went to check on my seeds to see how things were. At first, I thought I saw a speck of growth but wasn’t quite sure. Upon closer investigation, I found a tiny seed sprouting; it was the Genovese Basil. I took a photo, but when I went and had a look, I could barely see the sprout.

I went off to work and came home at 4:30 pm to find the Genovese Basil had sprouted. Yippeee! I’m so happy to see my project work for this blog.

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Day 5

Thai Basil seed sprouting on day 5
Thai Basil seed sprouting

20 October 2020

After I finished work, I went and checked on the plants. I noticed a little sprout growing in the Thai Basil Pod. What I was looking at was the seed’s embryo. Also known as seed leaves that provide nutrients to the seedling until the true leaves are seen. I took the photo, and I know it’s not very clear, but you can see the little sprout starting to grow and from what I assume is that the estimated number of days for the seeds to take is proving correct.

Day 6

21 October 2020

Genovese Basil day 6, two Cotyledons.
Genovese Basil

The Genovese Basil is much more distinct now. I can see two Cotyledons, known as the first leaves to emerge from the seed pods. I wasn’t going to take a photo because I was going to wait until tomorrow, but I changed my mind.

In comparison to the image above on the 19th of October, we can see there has been improved growth, and the leaves look quite healthy. It won’t be long before it emerges above the label.

In my mind can taste the basil in the pesto and smell the aroma.

Day 7

22 October 2020

The Genovese Basil is starting to grow over the top of the seed pod, the Thai Basil now has its first leaves, and dill has shot through quite quickly. I didn’t see it yesterday, but today I’m amazed at how quick it has grown.

Genovese Basil on day 7 has developed true leaves
Genovese Basil
Dill has started to sprout.
Dill
Thai Basil has developed true leaves.
Thai Basil

Day 8

23 Octobert 2020

Not much is happening since I took the photos yesterday. I’m waiting for them to get bigger. Dill is doing really well, and Curly Parsley is taking longer than the 6 days. Thai Basil is doing very well; it has grown a little bit more. Mint is still a spec. Thyme does not seem to be sprouting at all, and the Genovese Basil is doing really well.

Day 9

24 October 2020

AeroGarden day 9 herbs have become more distinct.
AeroGarden Day 9

Well, some of the plants are growing quite good. We can see the Genovese Basil growing larger up in the back right-hand corner. On the Opposite side is the Dill, thin spindly stalk and leaf. In the centre is the. Thai Basil and Mint and in the front is Curly Parsley not doing very well and Thyme also not doing very well, and these two could be slow to sprout.

Day 12

27 October 2020

AeroGarden day 12 Herbs
AeroGarden day 12

I decided to give the herbs a miss for a couple of days to see how much the herbs progress in growth. As can be seen the Dill in the far top left corner is doing well and so is the Basil at top right. Thai Basil and mint are coming along nicely in the centre, but Curly Parsley and Thyme are not doing very well.

Day 14

29 October 2020

AeroGarden Herbs day 14
AeroGarden Day 14

Okay, now we can see some improvement in the growth. The three herbs have now got their second leaves. Basil looks bushy, Dill in the left corner is getting taller. Thai Basil is starting to look good, and mint is slow.

When I looked inside the pod where the curly parsley is there it looks like something is happening, but it’s not very clear, and there is no sign of the Thyme growing at all.

Day 16

31 October 2020

Yesterday I said I thought I say some activity in the curly parsley. Well, there is, today there is a tiny little seedling. I’ll take a photo when it pops its leaves to the top.

I’m disappointed in the Thyme it should have sprouted before the Curly Parsley. The AeroGarden alarm said I needed to add more food. So I added the recommended 2 caps to the water. I then pressed the button and the pump resumed to mix the water and nutrients together. It was so easy.

Day 17

1 November 2020

Herbs growing in an AeroGarden, day 17
Herbs: Top row Dill, Basil, Middle Row: Thai Basil, Mint, Front Row: Curly Parsley and Thyme
Thyme is very slow to sprout. The recommended time period is 7 to 14 days. This image was taken on day 17.
Thyme is very slow, should have sprouted by now
Curly Parsley seedling.
Curly Parsley is now a seedling

From the photographs there is some noticeable growth when compared with photos taken a few days earlier. I am still disappointed in the Thyme. I am going to give it another two weeks.

Day 18

2 November 2020

Everything is coming along really well in the growth of the herbs, with one exception to the Thyme. I had a look at my Helpful Garden Tips guide put out by AeroGarden and found snippet on the seeds. Each plant is unique, and can grow differently. Some can take unto a month to sprout and others can sprout very quickly and grow fast in a short period of time.

They say Basil has a very fast growth rate but I have found that Dill is proving this wrong for me at the moment, and yes plants do have different not thrive as well.

Day 22

6 November 2020

AeroGarden Harvest Elite, day 22. plants are starting to grow.
Day 22 AeroGarden Herbs, starting to grow more.

I let a few days go by hoping that the Thyme may have sprouted by now, but sadly not. I’ll wait until end of November before I ditch it.

We are going to have to lovely herbs for Christmas. Dill is taking off fast than the Basil, both look very healthy. Thai Basil, mint and Curly parsley, still small but doing great.

I’ll take another photo in a week so you can see how the plants are going.

Day 34

18 November 2020

Below are healthy roots of the Dill, Thai Basil and Basil. Parsley and Mint are quite slow growing but both are doing very well. I am disappointed in the Thyme, it hasn’t sprouted at all!

Healthy root system of herb plants in the AeroGarden.
Healthy Roots of herb plants
Beautiful healthy homegrown herbs in the AeroGarden Harvest 360
Beautiful healthy homegrown herbs in the AeroGarden Harvest 360

The roots got a straight hair cut today because I was worried they would get tangled up on the pump.

Beautiful healthy looking herbs now ready to be harvested and eaten.

Final Thoughts

If you are an AeroGarden lover or would like to become one, I would love to hear your feedback on the systems, plants you have grown or issues you have faced and success stories.

Best wishes

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