It snowed today, because of course it did. It’s April in Calgary and we have another 6 weeks of “risky” weather ahead. While the rest of Canada can be confident that once spring arrives, it stays, the prairies are different. 20 degrees one day, snow the next is not uncommon.
And I’m over it.
Once again I’m working with the Scotts Gro Crew to get my garden on and this time I’m not willing to wait until sometime in July to start harvesting from my garden.
To fight the snow outside, I’ve taken to growing a garden indoors. A few weeks back Charlie and I ordered a Miracle-Gro AeroGarden and set it up in the basement.
Here’s our unboxing video:
I’m taking my time getting going with just some herbs to start, but after seeing how easy it is to get going, I’m contemplating another unit to grow some tomatoes, peppers, lettuces, and strawberries.
But let’s get this first crop up and going first.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE MIRACLE-GRO AEROGARDEN
It’s not big – at first.
When you think of a place to put the unit, you’ll need to take in account how tall and bushy your plants will grow. At first, it’s very compact, but as your plants grow, the light platform will rise, and the branches will spill out.
The grow light is bright. Very bright.
We set ours up in the basement and the grow light fills the entire room. It’s something to keep in mind when you are deciding where to place the unit – for 17 hours a day that bright light will shine. In other words, don’t put this on your nightstand 😉 And if you put it in the kitchen, make sure you can’t see the glow from your bedroom.
It really is idiot proof.
From reminders about when to add water and plant food, to the automatic nature of the lighting and watering (via a gurgling pump), you really just plant, plug in, and then wait for the AeroGarden to tell you what to do next.
Just like the little labels mentioned on our grow pods, the plants starting popping up in about a week.
OTHER INDOOR GARDENING IDEAS
You don’t have to grow and harvest everything indoors, you can get seedling trays started over the next couple of weeks to transplant into bigger pots and then put them in your garden. This avoids the see saw spring weather and gives your plants a head start to bump up your harvest.
Check out these great videos from Scotts to for indoor gardening ideas!
EGG SHELL SEED STARTERS
LEMON RIND SEED STARTERS
For those of you who are already deep into a nice warm spring and are ready for some real outdoor gardening, check out this quick video with 5 easy tips to guarantee you’ll have your best year ever this year.
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