I purchased it on e bay, and it was said it was used, but in very good conditions, so I decided to give it a try (since the very good price). I have to say that, apart from a light salt build up in the bowl, it seems really brand new.
So I brushed and rinsed the bowl and then sanitized it with bleach as I had read here on this forum. Now it's perfect!!!
In the box I found instructions and a bottle of liquid feeding, but sadly there were only 3 pods instead of 6. I already own several grow sponges, but not the white baskets, so I'm going to purchase a grow anything kit to complete my equipment. While waiting for it to arrive, I think I will cover holes I won't use with styrofoam and begin to grow in the 3 pods I already have. I'm not very interested in sowing herbs, apart from Basil, because they grow in my garden My plan is to transplant my beloved Bonsai micro tomato (wich I sow outside every summer and then dies at the first cold spell) into one pod and try to make it survive (and produce!) during the winter. Since the grow light will have to be relatively elevated because of the tomato plant, I don't know if I will sow anything or just try instead to root some cuttings of Basil and other stuff. Tomorrow I will keep on thinking about it. Now it's time to turn off the light (wow...veeery bright!!!) and go to bed.
While I was still wondering what to plant near the Bonsai Tomato cutting and the two pods with Genovese Basil (custom seeds) I took a look outside in the garden and found that my Salsola Komarowii seedlings, despite a plastic dome protection, were growing too slowly and stunted. Probably they needed a warmer climate and I sowed them too late this year. So, I decided to switch them to ]hydro... Here are the seedlings still in the sowing medium:
I washed the root system and then put them in the AG by making little holes into a piece of styrofoam and pulling them through it. Roots are very thin, but elongated, so they already reach the water level. I know I must appear a bit weird, since I don't use traditional AG seed pods or start a "normal" indoor garden, but for me at the moment Aerogarden is basically an experimental way to rescue my poor seedlings from the cold outside. Let's see what happens...
They are Salsola komarowii seedlings. Here in Italy we call it "Agretti". They are very good lightly boiled and dressed with olive oil and lemon juice. The white stuff at the base of them is styrofoam, just to keep them upright, because roots are in the water bowl