Sunday, March 21, 2010

Aerogarden Ladybug

AeroGarden 3 Antics LadyBug w/Splash of Color Seed KitIf you want to introduce a child to the world of gardening, this AeroGarden 3 in the shape of a ladybug is a nice way to start. It comes with either an herb kit or (as pictured), a beautiful flower garden.

It makes a great birthday present, and a great way to teach kids about how gardening works if you don't happen to have a yard, and the importance of responsibly maintaining the nutrient tablets and water on a schedule. Plus, if you buy the herb kit, it's a great way to get them to grow you fresh herbs for free :)

I got an email today from Aerogarden saying that this is by far their best selling Aerogarden, and they have a hard time keeping it in stock, so hurry and get yours while you can!    

Friday, March 19, 2010

Happy Days are Here Again

Well, what a difference a few weeks make. Last week and this week I enjoyed several harvests of tomatoes. Here's what they looked like on the vine:

I nervously cut into the tomato, hoping not to see any dark spots. Happily, they looked great!

Three weeks ago I harvested a bunch, which I ended up putting in a salad:

Two weeks ago...

...I sliced them up and put on a Nutrisystem pizza:

Just a few minutes ago, I picked three, which I tossed in Italian dressing and ate as a snack:

So, it looks like the tomatoes are back. The single remaining vine is huge and stronger than ever, with at least 5-10 flowers on it.

Unfortunately, this is the week I'm running out of the tomato nutrients. I have some leftover nutrients which I saved from the failed Aerogarden snowpeas from last year. I suppose I'll keep the plant alive with those (hoping they have enough of the nutrients the tomatoes need), and then start to think about retiring them.