Gourmet Herbs



 

I received my Ag on the 10th of November and planted the gourmet herbs on the 11th.  As promised the new growth started to come through within a few days...especially with both basils, particularly the purple basil. 

The servery is an ideal place to have the AG but the downfalls have been that because I'm just under 5"4...this early stage is hard for me to see what's happening.  I've had to get a chair to stand on...lol.  Plus with the lamp being so low and me wanting to be nosey and really get in and see what's going on in those domes...my head is too big to really get a good look.  I figured out I could just stick my camera in and take a pic and then look at the pic....saves my head getting stuck.  Could be embarrassing having your head stuck in an AG and having to ring an ambulance.  If there's a first time for everything...you can guarantee I'd be the guinea pig...lol.   Thank goodness for sprouting though, because the issue of getting chairs and worrying about heads getting stuck is soon to be over. I have taken about three of the domes of now, so that's another new stage of excitement.

I have a question and I'm not sure if it is best noticed and answered here or whether I'm best to place it in the forum.  Prob the forum would be better?  I'll ask it anyway....I've noticed (in fact it started pretty much straight away) one of the labels is coming away from the pod.  The book says not to remove any labels.  This has happened on it's own without any help from me whatsoever....is this going to be a problem do you think?  Is there any way of keeping it down?

I'm adding pics below of the various stages.  I'm also throwing in a pic in of one of my beautiful mini dahlias in my garden.  I'm really happy with these little beauties and even happier with the pro looking shot I took as an amateur photographer....lol.  Let me know what you guys think.

 

 

       

 

       

 

       

 

Hi guys it's the 21st Jan '10...sorry for the huge gap.  I've been meaning to get on here for so long but just haven't got around to it.  I've had great success with both the basils, have made quite a few pestos....yum yum.  The mint and the thyme have done fine, but unfortunately what has been painful to watch has been the parsley the chives and as far as the dill where all I see are just a few seeds in the pod.  When I finally got around to emailing Aerogarden, in time I got a reply back with what looked like a generic response and basic tips of what I could do.  I thought there was a guarantee if you got no growth?  This is what they said in one paragraph:

 

'Unfortunately we cannot ship internationally so we cannot offer to replace those pods that failed completely.  Please let us know if you continue to have problems.'  If they are not going to replace the pods that have failed...what's the point in contacting them again?  I realise there are going to be the odd ones that might not be successful but at such a high price of $40Au...when i just recently bought herbs from a market for $1 each....you would like to see that they honour their guarantee...though I didn't realise it didn't apply to overseas customers?  Why is this? 

 

Anyhow, they have a given a couple of suggestions and I'm not quite sure what a 'baggie' is...something about putting the seeds in a damp paper towel in a baggie for a few days then popping back in the pod?  I'll see if I can get some pics up to show how things are looking.  It's a bit hard to get the height of the lamp right when the mint and the thyme don't seem to grow high but instead bushy.  Whereas the basil grows high and though I keep pruning it when I can, sometimes I'm not ready to use the basil and when I have cut it within a few hours it's starting to look withery already (probably because of our humidity and heat at the moment).  Has anyone else had problems with the dill?  Maybe that's a question for the forums?  I'll try here first though.  Don't get me wrong, I am still really happy with the aerogarden, but yeah to only have 4 out of 7 growing successfully is a bit of a let down.  I will not give up though.....lol.  The lights are flashing, so it's time to feed the plants and top of the water.  I'll get some pics up as soon as I can.

 

 

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That dahlia is gorgious,

That dahlia is gorgious, Mels!

The labels do peel off. Just leave them there. I don't bother reattaching them - the plant will hold it more or less in place, and none of the attachment methods really work.

It is fun watching them germinate, isn't it.

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Aah...and just when I thought

Aah...and just when I thought nobody cared...lol....u came and saved the day!  Actually it's gonna be a stinky 35 degrees today in Brisbane.  I've already been out mulching...and am just about to hurry up and get the whipper snipping and mowing done.  You gotta get up and early and work fast in this heat, then get inside (if you can)...there's always more chores to do on the inside...like watching my herbs .  

I'll leave the label as it is and yes the dahlia is very pretty.  Better get that mowing done...I can feel the temp rising every minute...aah!

Thanks for fixing comments Gisette...you're a gem!

Mels

 

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Hi Mels!  I love your

Hi Mels!  I love your flower!

I'm sure you'll have fun with your AG.  We all do.    Gisette is right about the labels.  Just leave them there.  They help keep the light out so you don't get algae.

Enjoy!

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Hi Mels,   Great fun, isn't

Hi Mels,

  Great fun, isn't it?  Good luck on your herbs. And keep taking pictures!  We like pictures of anything during our winter.  I wanna see your outdoor veggies, too.  We'll do the same during your winter .  That way we all have eternal summer!  Well, except for some spoiled folks who live in Florida.... 

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I think the spoiled folks in

I think the spoiled folks in Florida have eternal summer, too. They just don't always appreciate its eternity. I lived in Texas for a decade... by about August, "interminable" was the word I used for summer...

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Hi Mels, Sorry, we all seem

Hi Mels,

Sorry, we all seem to have missed your post. A minor issue with the way the site works is that, unless you do a new post (or reply) in your grow log, it does not work it's way to the top of the recent posts page - it can then get missed by everyone.

Anyhow, sorry about the issues you have been having with your seeds and the poor help you've received from AeroGarden, would the place you bought the unit from be able to help at all?

I've not heard the term 'baggie' myself, but what they seem to be getting at is to germinate your seeds in a damp paper towel and transplant them to the pod when they have grown a little. Most people do it with two plates, line one with damp paper towel and place the other plate (upside down) over the top, the whole lot goes in a warm dark place. The seeds will eventually sprout, you then very carefully pick them up and pop them into the AG pod.

If it's any consolation , I failed to get any decent growth out of the dill, just some straggly greenery which struggled to overcome gravity! I now buy my own seeds and grow them myself in the AeroGarden, saves the high price of buying them from AG themselves.

 

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That's ok Peat, I figured

That's ok Peat, I figured I must have done something wrong...lol.  Actually it's funny you should actually reply today, because I was about to ask a question on here anyway, so your timing was perfect!  I've just taken a few pics to show the state of my herbs today, pretty sad really, except for the faithful basils...haha.  My battery has just died in my camera so after I've revived it, I'll upload the pics. Funnily enough the parsley that had never shown itself in all these months, started to sprout, about 5 little heads showing, so perhaps that's a promising sign?  Stupid dill! Still has the dome on.  I doubt anythings going to happen there, but I've got nothing to lose in seeing if I can even find any seeds to try in the damp paper towel between two plates as you've suggested.  Perhaps we'll see a miracle yet?  The thyme and the mint started to do ok, but you'll see from the pics that I upload later, after I cut them back (as they looked like they were dying), they look very brown and DEAD, I'd be surprised if they come good now.  The chives have been awful too, nothing to brag about there.  After the latest update my question is, last night I topped up the water and put the last two tablets in.  What happens after two weeks when the lights start flashing again, I have no nuturient food?  Is this the time where you recommend a nutrient food that I can use in substitute of the AG tabs?  I'm not sure how much longer the herbs will keep on harvesting (the few that are... ), it might not be worth putting food in now???  Maybe I should just try and transplant the remaining herbs into pots, clean out the aerogarden and make way for the lettuces?  I'll await your suggestions.  Thanks Peat for finding my post, oh and I purchased the AG through Global shop direct, I havent' actually tried contacting them, maybe I should?  It might be more fruitful than AG themselves and their gourmet herbs have been.....haha.  Okedoke, thanks again

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I replied Friday or

I replied Friday or Saturday... guess my post didn't make it onto the server backups before it died.

These are baggies, germinating seeds. (Someone else's picture on the web.)

What are baggies called in British?

You'll love the salad greens kit, Mels. But - it's actually kind of short-lived. As in, you should have more nutes in it than your lettuces will possibly live - max 3 mos. So you could spin out the herbs a while by using 2-4 weeks worth of salad greens tablets, if you want. But really the herbs will do better in potting mix. Chives are best grown as a perennial - loves cool weather, unfortunately, which I gather you don't get much of. Dill, if you really want it, will grow with the salad greens if you want - my first salad garden was basil, dill, a failed herb, and 4 lettuce pods. Which works, except herbs live longer than lettuces.

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P.S. Your dahlia is lovely!

P.S. Your dahlia is lovely!

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