Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Buy Aerogarden Seed Kits Cheaper at Amazon

It's been a while since I ordered a new Aerogarden Seed Kit--actually I haven't gotten a new one since Miracle Gro made their investment in AeroGrow and started rebranding all the Aerogardens accordingly.

I just noticed that the new, re-branded herb kits are selling on Amazon, labeled as Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit (7-Pod).

It looks like they're pretty much the same old seed kits that they've been selling for years, although I notice they have a jar of liquid plant food now, a big improvement those awful plastic packets that always ended up drying out (to use them I'd always chop them up in a glass measuring up, stir to get the nutrients liquified again, and pour into my Aerogarden).

You can use the drop-down to choose from herbs, flowers, and vegetables. Here's the list as of today:

  • Gourmet Herb (which includes Genovese Basil, Thai Basil, Mint, Cilantro, Parsley, and Dill). This one never fails to get results and interestingly, they've removed Sage, Thyme, and Chives; those first two were always the trickiest of them to grow well. 
  • International Basil (Genovese, Thai, Globe, Lemon, Napolatino, Marseilles, and Red Rubin Basils). If you look back in the blog I grew this a couple years ago to fabulous results)
  • Catnip. You still can't grow that other medicinal herb in most states, but at least you can help kitty get her fix! 
  • Fresh Tea (including lavender, peppermint, lemon balm, and lemon mint). On my list to try some day. 
  • Italian Herb (Genovese Basil, Chives, Mint, Savory, Italian Parsley, Oregano, and Thyme)
  • Mountain Meadow (Deep Rose Gypsophila,Yellow Coreopsis, Orange Gazania, and Blue Brachycome)
  • Coleus
  • Petunia
  • Viva la Vinca
  • Lavender
  • Chili Pepper (Jalapeno, Red Fire, and Purple Super Hot peppers). Again, I had some really good results with these. 
  • Bell Peppers
  • Cherry Tomatoes (small, we've grown these before too)
  • Mega Cherry (slightly larger)
  • Heirloom Tomato (big, at least by Aerogarden standards)
  • Pesto Basil (just pods of Genovese Basil, nothing else)
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Salad Greens (Red and Green Leaf, Butterhead, Romaine lettuces). If you recall, I tried these but it was a bit on the disappointing side. 
  • Salsa Garden (Red Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes and Jalapenos)
Pricing for these seed kits are around $15.95-$17.95, or roughly the same as on Aerogarden.com. The nice thing about being on Amazon.com is that if you order two of them (or basically order anything else that adds up to $35), you'll get free shipping, which was always one of the things that killed it for me on the Aerogarden site. Aerogarden does honor the 100% Germination Guarantee--as you've seen in posts in the past, they can get a little technical with honoring this, but for the most part they'll be good about it. Also, if you're collecting free Amazon gift cards using a service like Bing Rewards (and if you're not, I suggest highly that you do), in just a few months you can earn enough points to trade in for multiple Amazon gift cards so you can get one for free! 

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