The most frequent mistake made by new AeroGardeners growing fresh herbs is in NOT trimming back basil. Basil grows like a weed in the AeroGarden, and often excited gardeners raise the light hood quickly to accomodate it. Don’t do it! Raising the light hood diminishes light to all the other plants, and they need it more. Instead, trim back that basil. Again and again! The more you trim basil, the more it bushes out. For every one branch you trim, two new ones appear!
Start trimming after the second set of true leaves and never look back. Enjoy your harvests in soups, salads, pastas and more. By aggressively trimming back your basil and keeping the lights down low, you’ll not only harvest more low growing herbs like thyme and oregano, you’ll also harvest more basil too!