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Tips For Growing Plants Indoors

When I was growing up, we had a pretty big backyard with a huge area to grow plants in. We would grow strawberries, peppers, tomatoes and herbs. When it was too cold in Ohio to tend a garden, we would move inside and grow simple items inside the house. Mom always had live plants all over the place and I have a love for them to this day. If you are like me and have a bit of a brown thumb, here are some pointers for you!

Tips For Growing Plants Indoors

  • Warmth: Most houseplants do best when the temperature inside is warmer during the day and cooler by a few degrees at night.
  • Light: Virtually all plants need light. The key is to find how much and how strong the light should be. Check online or with a grower for the specifics for your particular plants.
  • Water: Plants need to have moist but not soggy soil and they need less water in the winter.
  • Humidity: Plants usually flourish in humid climates and even indoors they can get what they need. When it is warmer outside, the indoors is usually humid enough. During the colder months, you may need to have a humidifier in the room.
  • Food: Plants need food just like we do and they can do poorly if fed too much, just like us. It is better to feed a plant too little than too much and they should never be fed when dry.
  • Indoor Gardens: If you just do not have the knack for growing plants indoors, you may want to consider an indoor garden instead. One of the best on the market would be the AeroGarden by MiracleGro.

Growing Plants Indoors Is Easy with The Aerogarden

I got my love of plants from my mom but not her green thumb. I cannot grow a weed without killing it, which I guess is a good thing! I have tried growing a garden outdoors and all we got were some feeble sprouts that never grew into anything we could use. I bought the kids a little indoor garden kit and even that was a disaster! Thank goodness growing plants indoors is easy with the AeroGarden from MiracleGro.

I received the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra which is a super simple digital indoor garden. You can choose to grow a variety of more than 70 pre-seeded lettuce, herbs, peppers, tomatoes and more. These are just like what you wold grow outside, so it is like having a mini-farm right in your home! You can cook with fresh herbs for a more flavorful meal and add home grown vegetables to soups, salads or on their own. I must admit, there is nothing like having a living garden right in your house for the entire family to enjoy. I will say the cats are ultra curious, so if you have pets, keep an eye on them, especially if they like leafy green things! The AeroGarden Ultra actually uses NASA proven technology which includes hydroponics which helps your plants grow much faster than in soil alone.

The AeroGarden Ultra has the MyGarden™ control panel which is the very first ever built in display screen. It helps you go through each step you need to follow to grow the best plants you possibly can. It even has a feature that reminds you when to prune and harvest so you get the most out of your garden. You do not mess with buying or using dirt, which is great since you are doing this all indoors. Because it is totally automated, you do ot need to guess when to water or feed your plants because the AeroGarden tells you! With the built in energy efficient grow lighting system, you do not need to worry over getting the proper amount of light for your garden.

The AeroGarden truly is so easy to use, the kids were great helpers and have had fun interacting with our little garden. It took just a few minutes to set up, comes with the Gourmet Herb seed kit, liquid plant food and a Quick Start Tending and Harvesting Guide. You can ourchase the Aerogarden for $250 from the AeroGarden website, Amazon, Costco and other fine stores. Be sure to stay current with the latest from and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. I would to grow TRADITIONAL MEDICINAL HERBS SEED KIT. I am studying naturopathy, so this kit would help me out alot.

  2. I would love to grow Tomatoes My daughter just loves them for her to be able to grow her own well she would love that just as much

  3. I would like to grow Heirloom Lettuce Seed Kit. I love having fresh lettuce, even if just a leaf or two for a sandwich.

  4. The Create your own Herb kit sounds like it would be perfect! I would love to grow my own spices that fit the needs of my family!

  5. My parents had one of these when I was younger! I would grow fresh basil, cilantro, mint and parsley! And all other fresh herbs! 🙂

  6. What a cool invention! I would first grow salad greens and lots of different herbs (especially medicinal types).

  7. I’d like to grow a bunch of stuff but the first two things I would like to grow are the mighty mini cherry tomatoes and the fresh tea. The tea in particular sounds amazing. I love drinking tea so growing my own fresh tea would be really nice. Both hubby and I enjoy gardening and I know we would really enjoy the aero garden and get lots of use out of it. It would be very handy for growing so many things. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome product.

  8. I keep a garden from very early spring to late fall. It’s one of my favorite things! If I had an Aerogarden, I’d grow an herb garden right in my kitchen. Love this!

  9. I would like to learn to grow Chamomile. I love chamomile tea and it would be really cool to grow my own 🙂

  10. I have never grown herbs or vegetables before. I have many indoor plants that I love A LOT! My new African Violet just bloomed it’s first flower and I feel like a new mother. I would love to grow a herb garden. I have been given it some thought. This would be perfect to start a herb garden. I would love to Rosemary and maybe some Dill. This would fantastic!

  11. I would like to grow the Traditional Medicinal Herbs. Thank you for the super giveaway opportunity. Keep up the terrific blogging.

  12. I’d love to grow the little baby tomatoes! Or the catnip, that would be fun. So many possibilities really.

  13. I would love to try the Salsa Garden Seed Kit, tomatoes and jalepnos sounds like a winner to me. We love Salsa, especially homemade

  14. I love cooking with fresh herbs, so I’d like to try growing the Gourmet Herb Seed Kit. Nice variety of herbs and flavors.

  15. I’d love the Italian herb seed kit! Yummm!!! I’ve always wanted to have my own fresh herbs to cook with!

  16. Omg I want to grow all the flowers and strawberries!!!! but, I’d probably get a custom herb kit and let the cook choose his favorite herbs 🙂

  17. I would definitely do tomatoes and peppers, tomatoes first. There is nothing like having a fresh tomato to eat. This sounds wond. erful if I can grow them I don’t have the best green thumb

  18. I would like to grow the heirloom cherry tomatoes. I would love to have fresh tomatoes for my salads year round.

  19. I have good luck with tomatoes and peppers so now I just need the salad lovers kit to complete a nice fresh salad.

  20. I would use it to grow herbs, especially basil. I love using basil for cooking. I have a raised garden in the back yard of my apartment and could also use it to start my tomato plants and other plants to transplant to the garden….Thank you for this giveaway!!!

  21. The reviews on their website were spotty – particularly in regard to growing salad. My understanding is the herbs were easier so I would go with the Herb Lovers Seed Kit.

  22. I want to grow everything they have listed! I am so excited about this product because it looks like it would really work for me. I think I would start with the lettuce kit. Looks like so much fun!

  23. I would love the Herb Lover Seed kit… i want to grow basil, mint, sage… things that don’t last too long in the fridge

  24. Honestly, I want them ALL – and we really need some grow lights too. I now know what I’ll be giving my Honey/Hubby for his Ground Hogs Day birthday. He loves growing plants (especially EDIBLE) from seed and we both love cooking with herbs (and eating salads and growing tomatoes…

    My guy even transformed a basement room (with good southern exposure) into a GREEN HOUSE – but we still need many more grow lights…

    But back to the giveaway question. We love BASIL and use both Italian and Thai (Asian) Basils ALL THE TIME. So I know we would LOVE the International Basil Seed Kit and http://www.aerogarden.com/seed-kits/herb-lover-s-kits.html
    are both definitely going to be included in his birthday basket.

  25. Salad lovers!!! Wow I would love to have fresh salad greens right here in my kitchen. Wonder could I do little grape tomatoes too? OH how nice would that be???

  26. I would like to have the Heirloom tomatoes or the Mega Cherry tomatoes. The flowers are all so pretty too, but I love tomatoes and am disabled so I can’t have an outdoor garden anymore.

  27. I’d love the Heirloom Cherry Tomato seed kit! It comes with it’s own light, how cool is that? I’ve never had any land to grow anything in, I love this!

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