I saw an informercial for the AeroGarden the other day and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it ever since. It seems like such a cool product: an aeroponics pot that allows you to grow a variety of plants without dirt and with very minimal care. Although my paternal grandfather had an incredible green thumb, my attempts over the years at growing cherry tomatoes, basil and parsley have been abject failures, so the AeroGarden is extremely tempting. (The only plant that’s survived is a pot of aloe, and only because it seems to thrive on benign neglect.)
I was so excited when I saw the infomercial that I immediately called Marc to ask for an AeroGarden as a Valentine’s Day gift. But after I calmed down, I did a little research. I looked over the official site, read Amazon reviews and a Cooking Light bulletin board thread, and held numerous debates with myself over whether this device would be worth it. Not only is the price pretty steep (I’d have to buy a lot of herbs or salad to recoup the cost), I’d probably have to move a lot of stuff around to find it a home since apparently it throws off bright light for 16 hours a day. So right now, I’m leaning towards not getting it. But for some reason, I just can’t stop thinking about it. There’s just something alluring about the prospect of picking herbs and lettuces fresh right before dinner.