Growing Herbs In An AeroGarden Harvest Elite Has Never Been So Easy

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Welcome to my Project Journal growing herbs indoors in 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 their 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
AeroGarden Seed Pod Kit, Gourmet Herbs
AeroGarden Seed Pod Kit, Herbs

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 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

The 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

Aerogarden Genovese Basil Sprout on day 4
Genovese Basil

19 October 2020

When I woke up this morning at 6 am, I checked 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 I could barely see the sprout when I went and had a look.

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, 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 would wait until tomorrow, but I changed my mind.

In comparison to the image above, on the 19th of October, we can see 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 the 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. 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 a snippet on the seeds. Each plant is unique and can grow differently. Some can take unto a month to sprout, and others can sprout 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 lovely herbs for Christmas. Dill is taking off fast than Basil, and 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, and it hasn’t sprouted at all!

Healthy root system of herb plants in the AeroGarden.
Healthy Roots of herb plants

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.

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Final Thoughts

Beautiful healthy homegrown herbs in the AeroGarden Harvest 360
Beautiful healthy homegrown herbs in the AeroGarden Harvest 360

20th August 20021

Here is the parsley that I grew in my AeroGarden that has been transplanted to the veggie patch. Look how green and healthy it is. It looks amazing.

Transplanted Parsley

AeroGarden Gourmet Herb kit

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8 thoughts on “Growing Herbs In An AeroGarden Harvest Elite Has Never Been So Easy

  1. Deb says:

    I have never heard of such a system before.
    I just start my seeds in pots in my living room and they grow well. Once the snow melts and the soil warms I transplant them into the veggie garden outside.
    I will be starting my tomatoes, sweet peppers and hot peppers today. They won’t be ready t transplant until May.
    Here in Canada, we have a short growing season. I have never used lights. What type do you use?
    How long do you put them on for each day?

    • Yvonne says:

      Hello Deb, The lights used are the LED grow lights. They have different colours that reflect sunlight—white, Red, blue. An AeroGarden is ideal for places like Canada, where you can grow your herbs throughout winter indoors and pick them. The amount of time you would have them on for is about 15 hours a day. LED lights don’t chew up the electricity, so you should be fine. My herbs are now finished, and I’m onto a new project, which I will be uploading within a few days. Thank you for stopping by an leaving a comment.

  2. Sasha says:

    This was so exciting to see the growth of these herbs from just seeds! What a wonderful feeling it must have been for you to have witnessed it yourself! Ii recently started an indoor garden but am still too scared of starting a herb one. Your post gives me great motivation! I do have one question though: when you gave the roots a trim, does that not cause injury to the herb? Are there extra steps you took to take care of that specific herb afterwards?

    • Yvonne says:

      Hello Shasha, thank you for reading my post. When I pruned the roots, I took off only a quarter. I didn’t cut off too much, and what I cut off did not affect the plants.

  3. Haley says:

    Hi Yvonne,

    This is a really good quality indoor planter! I’ve seem some indoor planters before but they end up being too cluttered for my preference.

    I’m actually in the house buying process and have wanted to buy one of these to get my herbs growing and then transfer them to my garden once we find a place!

    I’ve seen some planters get moldy before, I’m assuming this is because of neglect and lack of care, but have you noticed this at all with this planter?

    Can’t wait to check it out!

    • Yvonne says:

      Hello, Haley; thank you for your comment. I have to admit I love my AeroGarden, and yes, they can become green and mouldy, which can be easily cleaned up with some bleachy soapy water or vinegar. Rinse thoroughly, and you are ready to go.

  4. Julia Flourentzou says:

    Hi Yvonne, I really enjoyed reading your post on growing your herbs indoors, with an Aerogarden!

    This is the first time I have heard of such a system. It almost reflects something you would find on a space ship orbiting Earth!

    I like how you have kept a daily log on the growth of your plants and show their progression, the basil looked so spectacular!

    The closest I have come to anything like this is in school, where our kids have springled watercress seeds, on a base of damp cotton wool and by keeping the surface wet, you will get a litter of tiny watercress shoots peppered randomly here and there and you can detect the aroma of pepper in the air.

    Also recently I saw a demo on how to grow your veggie scrap foods and re-grow beetroot leaves. Simply, by cutting top part off a beetroot bulb still with leaves attached including some of the beet and put it into water. Then it will grow beautiful purple and green leaves which you can then eat in a salad.

    I have learnt that Aerogarden is something for us to consider, especially now where we have had to stay at home alot more.
    It’s also a super system to self cultivate herbs, organically with the healthy aspect behind it.

    I can see kids loving to do this indoor gardening activity and watch their plants grow and get to taste them too!

    Keep up the good work and thanks for opening our eyes to something so simple, yet so inspiring.

    • Yvonne says:

      Hi, Julia thank you for stopping by and reading my post. I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about growing herbs indoors using an AeroGarden. I agree with you; it seems like a space thing that we are now doing. It is one of the most nutritious ways to grow food, chemical-free.

      When I was a school, we learned all about growing vegetables from scraps that would normally be thrown out. It was fun, and I also remember getting excited about watercress.

      Growing plants in your AeroGarden grow 5x faster than they do in the soil. It’s fun to watch them grow.

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