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    Published on December 4th, 2008 | by Greg


    AeroGarden 3: Herbs Without Hassle

    Who doesn’t like fresh herbs? Now, who enjoys the hassles of dealing with dirt, bugs, light, temperature, inconsistency, and the other myriad things that can go wrong with plants? The AeroGarden 3 offers to remove most of the hassles- at a price.

    More than two years ago, we reviewed the original Aerogarden, and many of the compliments we offered to the original unit still stand… and the changes have made the newer model quite a bit better. Not only is it much smaller, about half the size, the water and power requirements have also been cut down, it’s less noisy. And it still manages to produce a ton of plants, after only about a month or six weeks.

    You’ll still need to be careful where you place the garden- it does make noise, require occasional water and an outlet, and attract a few bugs. And you’ll need to make sure the room temperature isn’t too hot or too cold for optimum growth (). Serious gardeners might not appreciate the need for the seed pods, but the included basil, thyme, and chives are nice, fragrant, and delicious. Flowering kits are also available, as are tomatoes, peppers, salad greens, and many others. They seem a bit pricey at first glance, $15 for the pods after paying $100 for the garden itself (which includes your first set free). But the trick is that they keep flowering and growing, offering dozens of meals over time, and thus decent value for very little effort.

    Easy to use, ideal for smaller apartments, the AeroGarden 3 is an excellent evolution in the series. Maybe the next one will harvest itself, or grab water from the air, but until then we’ll be gardening in a way that makes NASA proud.

    About the Author

    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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