Back in 2019 my husband received an indoor, hydroponic, LED AeroGarden planter from his mom, and it has become my favorite addition to the kitchen. We have grown multiple seasons of kitchen spices and lettuces with great success. At the moment we have edible flowers germinating since we have most of our spices in our outdoor summer garden. More on that later.
Below is a picture of the planter as the spices start to grow, followed by the spices in full bloom. In this round we had Basil, Dill, Savory, Thyme and Mint. I chopped some of them up and froze them for future use because the plants were more prolific than what I could use on a daily basis. As you can see, the dill really took off. And that basil was big and fresh and perfect for caprese salads (which we ate a lot of).
The AeroGarden that we have is round and has room for six seed pods at a time. You can order them pre-made on Amazon or directly on the AeroGarden website. We’ve done the heirloom salad, gourmet herbs, and assorted Italian herbs. This round we are using the “grow anything pack” to germinate my edible flowers for baking, salads and teas.
The Heirloom Greens Kit made for some terrific salads. Here is one that I put together with a scoop of Curry Chicken Salad (which I recreated with the recipe from Garnish and Gather) in the middle. It was fantastic. I bet this would just as yummy with a scoop of Julia Child's Tuna Salad as well!
I would also like to give a shout out to my husband, Mike, for the fabulous outdoor garden that he creates for us each year. Here is the “beginning” shot. The front left quadrant is all tomatoes and jalapenos, the back left is comprised of my spices (lavender, basil, dill, thyme, and tarragon) and zucchini, the back quadrant on the right is cucumbers and melons, and the front quadrant is green peppers and cherry tomatoes. The pots in between the quadrants are blueberry bushes, and the two planters by the gate have heatmaster tomatoes (it is hot in the South, after all!). I’ll keep you posted on our progress and harvest as the season goes along.