Just leaving these here for future reference.
The garden continues to grow mostly. Dill is now the out-of-control plant.
These pics were taken after I pruned / harvested about 30% of the dill plant.
Before pruning the dill, I was like, “what do you even do with fresh dill? I don’t know what I’m doing with dill. Do I even like dill?”
After pruning it, “OMG fresh cut dill smells amazing! I don’t want to smell anything else all day! Let’s hang this stuff to dry in the kitchen, maybe the kitchen will smell like fresh dill! DILL!”
Less than a week after I set up the Aerogarden, the plant eggs are already hatching!
Thai Basil was first, and despite being a little shy and not yet poking its head out from under the paper cover, it looks like it’s kind of green and bushy down there.
Genovese Basil was second, but it’s moving slowly and in an awkward position to try and photograph. For now I can only see it by angling a little mirror above the wee plastic dome.
And this one just hatched last night before lights-out, now today he’s already coming up strong!
I got this great indoor garden kit from my sister for xmas this year!
It came with a bunch of ‘gourmet’ herb planters, and she also gave me a set of empty planters (supply your own seeds) and a packet of ghost pepper seeds!
So this year, I’m growing stuff! Edible gourmet stuff!
It’s pretty neat how it works; the seed pods contain a little column of planter loam stuff, and they are suspended so that they’re about 1/2 submerged in water.
The water is aerated (with a bubbler, like an aquarium) and you add fertilizer liquid to the water every fortnight. The florescent lights are mounted in a hood that can be raised as the plants grow.
The whole thing has a little timer and sensors to control the lights and the aerator and remind you to add water or fertilizer.
The only thing that’s going to take some getting used to is that it is BRIGHT!
The timing sequence for the herb garden is 17 hours on, 7 hours off. And the 17 hours on, is like 17 hours of noonday sun in midsummer in the sahara.
So my livingroom lights up like it contains its own tiny sun at around 5:30 in the morning, and stays that bright till about 10:30 at night. It’s so bright I can see the glow from my bedroom!
I’m sure I’ll get used to the brilliance (or cover it with a box or something when I got to bed), and really, it’s pretty gosh-darn neat and I’m all excited.
What do you get a cat who doesn’t really enjoy much more than eating and sleeping?
A cat toy filled with herbal sleep aid, of course!
Misha is one of those cats who likes Valerian Root more than catnip. A LOT more than catnip, in fact.
You don’t often (ever) find valerian cat toys though, so I made it myself!
I hope she digs the DIY flair.