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Any ideas for a site name? The current location - "gingerbooth.com/drupal" - is just a staging area to play with the idea. There are lots of possibilities... Some ideas:

  • AG Mastery
  • AerogardenMaster
  • AerogardenGnomes
  • AerogardenHobby
  • AerogardenHobbyist (thanks, Peat!)
  • AerogardenFan
  • AerogardenLog
  • AerogardenBeyond
  • AerogardenChronicles
  • AerogardenLore

Please leave a comment if you like any of these, or to suggest another. Or to say you really don't like one of these, of course.

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Yeah, the US/Canada isn't in

Yeah, the US/Canada isn't in good consumer shape right now. Still a vast market that they're not quite handling yet, though.

Agreed, they needed a better plan for launching in Europe.

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Thanks. I think I'll just

Thanks. I think I'll just abide the challenge if and when AG goes under - groupthink another name then. By then there'll probably be diff technologies for diff names or whatnot, and something that sounds cool now, won't then. And the search engines'll penalize you for publishing same stuff as two domains in the meantime. So not worth $anything to me now.

Good point that a lot can be deleted...

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I'll be happy with whatever

I'll be happy with whatever you decide, it's your baby and I'll enjoy the company no matter what it's called. Is there a similar generic domain available, just in case AG goes under? It's not quite the same concept but when I started NMGeocaching.com, I got NMGeocachers.com and NewMexicoGeocaching.com, just in case somebody tried to muscle in on my domain name.

As far as moving content, I think a lot could be deleted as it has nothing to do with gardening. When I set up a new forum I'll have some friends stress everything before I go public with very little content carried over.

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A cute garden gnome.   Of

A cute garden gnome.

 garden gnome

Of course, I say this as someone who doesn't like statuary in my garden, or (yuck...) fake flowers. My mother used to get little statues for my daughter when she was little, though, and those had to go in the garden...

Would everyone be OK with AerogardenMastery.com ?

Or just give it a rest for a week and then decide? If we're going to move, the sooner we do it, the less content I have to check over and doctor to make sure it's still working after the move...

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The push into Europe/UK has

The push into Europe/UK has been a disaster. The redesigned grow bulbs only lasted for 2-4 weeks before blowing, the pumps have failed and there are no modified replacements, we are sent the same type again. There are no spares (sponges, tablets etc), and little seed kits. The support, well there is none, the preferred distributor only sells the units (Classic only) and has no technical expertise.

Whoa, the new bulbs are still giving you the same hassles? Cliff said someplace else that they'd just had a meeting in the UK (September?) But sounds like things aren't getting fixed too quickly.

Is it easy to redo the bulbs? I hope you'll tell me how!!! Though for the moment, I don't have any trouble getting them. So long as I order from Amazon instead of Aerogrow...

Plus, it makes one heck of an advanced propagator for seeds - grow them here and transplant to a proper hydro unit. You won't get a better propagation device than this.

That's for sure. I was amazed how well the mini did as a cutting propagator!

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Aerogarden Mastery (or AG

Aerogarden Mastery (or AG Mastery, or AerogardenMaster) was my first idea. (Well, IndoorGardener and KitchenGardener and a bunch of other ideas already taken, actually.) I just thought "Gnome" was less serious, in a good way.

There are cuter garden gnomes.

Pink flamingo lawn ornaments used to be popular with Italians around here when I was a kid. My sister and her friends went out on a flamingo-theft expedition one night, and piled all their stolen flamingos in her friend's basement, as ride-on toys or something.

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Heh, we have a high school

Heh, we have a high school class that will Gnome somebody's yard for $50. They put about a hundred of them all over the front yard for a day. Pink flamingos, too. It's hilarious.

How about AerogardenAdvocate? I'm still trying to come up with a short generic name to go with it, IndoorGardenAdvocate? That's pretty long though and the shorter the better. AerogardenArtist? I have a definite lack of imagination...

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Heh. I gave up on salvaging

Heh. I gave up on salvaging that post. Stuff I clearly wanted to say, but was babbling with respect to your post...

That's very interesting re Aerogrow's problems... The quality control and distribution problems lately have been horrendous, stock sinking too? And one of their great, great strengths, was their seed kit guarantees. But from what I've been experiencing lately, with salad greens and romaine pods that won't sprout and nutrients gone to goo - they're gonna have a problem on the kit front, too. Inadequate packaging. Cracking open a freshly sealed mesclun seed kit - those still grew well. But salad greens and romaine kits I'd opened a month or so back - not. The seeds weren't germinating. And even the sealed kits, the tablets are already gone to goo. Pretty serious quality control problems...

Yet we do love the products, as you say. Of course, we're better equipped than most to make them work despite these little hurdles. And take them beyond...Think we're going to end up like Edsel or Harley enthusiasts?

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Bruce - great points re

Bruce - great points re indoor gardening rather than just Aerogardens. What banded us three together - and the little feedback I've gotten outside our core three - was more the talk of taking things beyond the Aerogarden. And even in the Aerogarden - what drew me to the idea of community for this hobby.

I want to learn from what other people try.

Peat's going to laugh at me, but I still really want to see an Aerogarden cucumber! I love cucumbers. But, I do grow cucumbers. Cucumber leaf, meet Aerogarden. Single cucumber leaf, hide little Aerogarden. And I say, "that's just not going to work". Yet I really want someone else to succeed at it. But there's lots of things like that. I adore DrAnn's experiments in pushing the envelope of growing greens, for the AG is an ideal greens-growing device. I'm not eager to grow pea-sized tomatoes, yet Shane's micro toms are really cool. Etc. And on the hardware side - could you replace the pumps with aerators? Sure - and Peat and I did so. Nutrients and substrate? We've all done that too. By doing all these experiments in parallel and talking to each other, we can go really far... Whereas one short woman with one pro100 couldn't get very far alone at all. But she wished she could...

That's part of why I want to leave "it's a forum" behind. What I wanted/loved was "it's a vast parallel experiment, with everyone swapping notes". And the growlogs / stories capture that better - project-centered. The forum thing turned personality centered in a way I really disliked. Well, and also I just don't see any future in being an AGG knockoff.

We need to go a new way, as you say. A bigger picture - indoor gardening, but even cool outdoor gardening tech too.

How to get that into a name, though...

gardentech21c.com ?

No.... You're right. We should put "aerogarden" in the name, because it makes us findable.

I'm rather babbling, aren't I.

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Sounds fine to me, better

Sounds fine to me, better than the others and beats anything I can come up with.

 

Devil's advocate mode, take it for what it's worth - do you want to limit yourself to Aerogarden talk? Granted I googled aerogarden to find the other forum and I love my AGs but I wonder if they will be around in a year or two. We've experienced their horrible shipping/inventory problems and I've seen very little in the way of retail displays here. 'Course NM isn't a hotbed of innovative activity so what do I know? Then there's their capital value that's dropped below NYSE requirements and possible delisting to the pink sheets, almost always a kiss of death.

 

If it were me I'd get a domain with Aerogarden in it but would have another, wider reaching one waiting in the wings, forwarded to the AG one. Then if AG goes under you would still have a viable name and could do a switcheroo. I just checked indoorgardening.com and .org and see it's taken but just parked, full of links as is gardengnome.com and .org. IndoorgardenGnome.com is available but a little long. I'm leery of checking the availability of a real name unless I buy it right then so I'm just skirting what's available.

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