Plentiful Peppers!

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The AeroGram Facebook Fan Photo of the Week Seed Kit winner is Véronique! Véronique shows off her beautiful and plentiful Jalapeno peppers growing in her AeroGarden! Thanks for sharing!

 

Field of Beans Dip

Recipe Submitted by AeroGardener’s Bri and Rob 

Field of beans

 

Refried beans
1/2 cup diced jalapeño
4 oz can green chiles
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 cup diced onion
2 cups shredded cheese
1 can diced olives
1 cup guacamole
Sour cream
Layer ingredients in baking dish then use sour cream to draw lines on your football field.
I used the Salsa seed kit for the jalapeños and tomatoes.

Two for One, Pods’ Delight

Recipe Submitted by AeroGardener Bella Gray

PodsDelightThis recipe is so universal you can harvest from almost all the AeroGrow gardens for your ingredients. Start with the basic recipe for a Pods’ Delight. For a second dip, kick it up a notch by adding avocado for a Pods’ Delight Guacamole dip. Two dips from one recipe and your gardens!

Serve either dip with your favorite corn chips, or stuff Romaine leaves from your gardens and eat as you would a taco. Not only are these two recipes wonderful as a basic dip, they can both be used as a topping on everything from salads, eggs, tacos, pizzas, hamburgers, and pretty much anything else that sounds good to you. Serves about 3-cups total, but if you have the garden ingredients double the recipe, it will all get eaten!

Basic Recipe Pods’ Delight:
1 cup Tomatoes from any of your gardens, diced
1 cup any colored Peppers from any of your pepper gardens, diced
1 cup Sweet onion, diced

3 Tablespoon Olive oil
1 teaspoon Lemon juice
1 Tablespoon fresh Cilantros leaves from your garden, minced
To taste Hot peppers from your garden, minced (optional)

Kick it up a notch to Pods’ Delight Guacamole:
2-3 (depending upon the size) normal-sized Avocados, diced

Corn Chips
Romaine Lettuce

If you don’t have fresh Cilantro leaves substitute finely diced green onions. Some people may even enjoy basil or parsley, but stick to the basics the first time. Have a care not to use too much Cilantro, as it can be overpowering. Using a mandolin to dice everything will speed things up. How many hot peppers from your gardens is up to your personal taste. Combine all the ingredients and allow to marinade, but it will be hard to resist! After you make it a few times you’ll know how long you prefer.

Option: kick it up a notch; turn 1/3 of your Pods’ Delight into a second dip: Dump 1/3 of your basic Pods’ Delight recipe into your food processor and add 1/2 of your diced avocado, pulse until your mixture is relatively smooth. Don’t over pulse, because some chunks are fine. Transfer mixture into a medium bowl. Smash your remaining avocado with a fork or potato masher to break it up a bit further. Fold these two mixtures together. Keep covered tightly (push plastic wrap into direct contact with dip) until ready to serve, as avocados oxidize and turn brown when exposed to the air.

That’s it, a wonderfully quick and easy way to have two separate dips using all your luscious ingredients from your gardens. Enjoy!

 

Shock Wave Petunia/Bacopa Mix

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The AeroGram Facebook Fan Photo of the Week Seed Kit winner is Valerie! Valerie shows off her Petunia/Bacopa mix but gives some sage advice, “”I would suggest the petunia be planted alone because it crowds out the Bacopa in an [AeroGarden].” Thanks for sharing Valerie!

 

Seed Starting System in Action!

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The AeroGram Facebook Fan Photo of the Week Seed Kit winner is Kat! Kat shows off her seed starting system saying, “OK I’m officially impressed! Seeds that were supposed to be hard to start [germinated] in 48 hours! Pics every 12 hours from start. Can’t wait to get my other seed starter kit!” Thanks for sharing Kat!

 

First Strawberry Sighting

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The AeroGram Facebook Fan Photo of the Week Seed Kit winner is Robin! Robin shows us the first strawberry sighting in the AeroGarden! Thanks for sharing Robin.

 

Seed Starting Spectacular

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The AeroGram Facebook Fan Photo of the Week Seed Kit winner is Denniz. Denniz says, “Keeping my AeroGarden busy.. seed starting tray on the other with peppers and basil… stevia… and on the right rare hot peppers; hope to win a seed kit.” Thanks for sharing Denniz! 

 

 

Tips for Successful Planting

Plants grown in the AeroGarden develop excellent root systems for transplanting into dirt. Here are a few tips for maximizing your success:

1. Prevent transplant shock by hardening your plants off for increasing amounts of time each day until you transplant. Skipping this step is the most common mistake new gardeners make when transplanting plants outdoors. Plants need to “toughen up” from the spa-like conditions in the AeroGarden, getting used to intense sun, wind and cool temperatures. Start with just moving the AeroGarden bowl outdoors, plants and all, for a few hours the first day. Increase the hours each day, being careful not to expose the garden to snow or temperatures close to freezing. The plants will get tougher each day. When they can survive a whole day on a shaded porch, they’ll be ready to go.

2. Transplant on a cooler day. Even if you’ve hardened your plants off, putting them out on a sunny, 90 degree day will guarantee trouble. Pick a cooler, damp, cloudy day for best results.

3. Water. A lot. New transplants need consistently damp soil until they are established. Water every day for a week or more after transplanting, twice a day if it is really hot and sunny.

Why Start Seeds at Home?

Expert gardeners know that starting seedlings at home has plenty of advantages over buying starts at the nursery, including:

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1. Big Savings – Seeds cost a fraction of what grown plants cost from the nursery. Save hundreds of dollars starting from seeds at home!

2. Big Variety – Your local nursery will sell dozens of varieties of tomato seeds – but likely only a couple of varieties of tomato plants. Experiment and grow what you LOVE!

3. Best Flavor – starting seeds at home lets you save heirloom seeds from your favorite, juiciest harvests and grow them at home year after year. Start a family tradition! Share favorites with friends!

4. Big Harvests – The ability to transplant seedlings to the garden as soon as weather allows gives you a serious jump on the gardening season.

5. Big Color – The Seed Starting System is great for starting flowers too. Replace expensive store-bought bedding plants with starts you’ve nurtured from seed.

6. Big Fun – It’s just plain rewarding to watch seeds sprout indoors and grow, nurtured in ideal conditions, then watch those seedlings take root in an outdoor garden – producing pound after pound of zucchini, melons, spinach, and everyone’s favorite – garden fresh tomatoes.

At AeroGrow, we love gardening – indoors and outdoors. The AeroGarden not only makes it possible to garden indoors year round, but also give you plenty of options for starting seeds indoors for your outdoor garden or containers.

Move Your Garden Outdoors

The AeroGarden makes it easy to start plants indoors with near-perfect light, water and nutrients, letting you get a big jump on the outdoor gardening season.

There are three easy ways to start seeds indoors for your outdoor garden, patio planters or containers.

1.) The Seed Starting System lets you start up to 66 seedlings for transplant outdoors. It’s perfect for outdoor gardens or patio containers and gives you a real head start on the gardening season.

2.) The Grow Anything Kit lets you start up to 7 plants in the AeroGarden, with plenty of room to grow. This is perfect for larger “summer” crops like peppers, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and more. The Easy Transplant baskets make it simple to free up the roots for fast transplant into the garden, containers or “upside down” gardens.

3.) Standard Seed Kits – Any of our standard kits can be transplanted outdoors into containers or soil. Herb kits are easy to transplant into containers for a summer herb garden on the patio. And the tomatoes in our Cherry Tomato Kit are the perfect size for creating beautiful, compact cherry tomato bushes in containers close to your kitchen door.