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[Costco] Aerogarden Harvest Elite Slim $99.97 YMMV

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[Costco] Aerogarden Harvest Elite Slim $99.97 YMMV

Costco has the Aerogarden Harvest Elite Slim on clearance now for $99.97.
This price drop was seen at the Candiac warehouse.
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Nov 22, 2015
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So I have seen these becoming more popular the last few years and Im trying to understand their use/effectiveness.

Why doesnt a regular pot work to grow something and someone would need this? Is it about people who live with not much natural light?
Would someone use this for ornamental plants that need a lot of sunlight? Doesnt make much sense to me.
And if its for veggies are we talking about 5 tomatoes per season for example?
I can see people having herbs there but herbs would probably grow in a regular pot too?

Im not judging. Im just trying to figure out if its a gimmick or if its actually something of use.
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Aug 12, 2019
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Their veggies grow 5x faster than conventional in predictable conditions always.
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Mar 7, 2011
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I'm using this to start veggies indoors before planting them outdoors. I started tomatoes, carrots, dill, arugula and radishes about a week ago from seed and they are sprouting already (1-2cm tall). So far, I'm a fan.
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Vasilyke wrote: So I have seen these becoming more popular the last few years and Im trying to understand their use/effectiveness.

Why doesnt a regular pot work to grow something and someone would need this? Is it about people who live with not much natural light?
Would someone use this for ornamental plants that need a lot of sunlight? Doesnt make much sense to me.
And if its for veggies are we talking about 5 tomatoes per season for example?
I can see people having herbs there but herbs would probably grow in a regular pot too?

Im not judging. Im just trying to figure out if its a gimmick or if its actually something of use.
It's elegant hands-free hydroponic system for fresh herbs and spices IMO. Think apartment dwellers or pasta sauce enthusiasts. There are many benefits to this over soil and a sunny window, but it is about 3x higher in cost than you could build a comparable and uglier one. Full spectrum lights and air pumps (water pumps? Not sure if it's dwc or hydro tbh) with UL certification are not exactly cheap items.
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Can i grow dank ass tomatoes on this?
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can you grow weed in this
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umadbrah wrote: can you grow weed in this
Midget weed
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You are paying more for name brand, compactness, and ease of use. I had my eye on these until I realized there was a better, cheaper alternative: McKenzie Seed Starting Stand (with light) or you can make your own set up by buying the correct bulbs placing them into lamps with clamps, and some sort of housing container for the seeds themselves.

I just spend the past month watching The Rusted Garden youtube channel where they talked all about this. I live in an apartment and wanted to start a lettuce and tomato garden outside.

AeroGarden is great if you want a nice looking, compact herb garden set up.
For more robust plants like tomatoes or carrots, and so on... think of a DIY with lamp and clamp as I noted above.

Hope this helps!
Vasilyke wrote: So I have seen these becoming more popular the last few years and Im trying to understand their use/effectiveness.

Why doesnt a regular pot work to grow something and someone would need this? Is it about people who live with not much natural light?
Would someone use this for ornamental plants that need a lot of sunlight? Doesnt make much sense to me.
And if its for veggies are we talking about 5 tomatoes per season for example?
I can see people having herbs there but herbs would probably grow in a regular pot too?

Im not judging. Im just trying to figure out if its a gimmick or if its actually something of use.
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At this price point it's worthwhile to buy. Anyone find this kit in the GTA?
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Vasilyke wrote: So I have seen these becoming more popular the last few years and Im trying to understand their use/effectiveness.

Why doesnt a regular pot work to grow something and someone would need this? Is it about people who live with not much natural light?
Would someone use this for ornamental plants that need a lot of sunlight? Doesnt make much sense to me.
And if its for veggies are we talking about 5 tomatoes per season for example?
I can see people having herbs there but herbs would probably grow in a regular pot too?

Im not judging. Im just trying to figure out if its a gimmick or if its actually something of use.
I have two of these...one for herbs and one for salad. The speed at which food grows in an aerogarden makes it worth it for me. It gives me enough romaine to have a salad everyday, and this is especially worth it in the winter when romaine can be $4 each (or during the various contamination incidents where you couldn't even buy romaine). And I have more basil than I know what to do with.

I got like 70 empty pods for like $15 and I just stick seeds in them, so it's dirt cheap compared to buying their kits as well. Also, the slim version looks great on my kitchen counter and barely takes up any space.
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Jan 24, 2016
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LNahid2000 wrote: I have two of these...one for herbs and one for salad. The speed at which food grows in an aerogarden makes it worth it for me. It gives me enough romaine to have a salad everyday, and this is especially worth it in the winter when romaine can be $4 each (or during the various contamination incidents where you couldn't even buy romaine). And I have more basil than I know what to do with.

I got like 70 empty pods for like $15 and I just stick seeds in them, so it's dirt cheap compared to buying their kits as well. Also, the slim version looks great on my kitchen counter and barely takes up any space.
Where does one buy 70 empty pods for $15?
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I bought one of these several years ago. Absolute junk... returned it quickly to Costco and got my money back.
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Ruciz wrote: Full spectrum lights and air pumps (water pumps? Not sure if it's dwc or hydro tbh) with UL certification are not exactly cheap items.
Water pump, it's a variation on DWC. Water is trickled over the growing sponge 5 minutes every hour, the part of the sponge is always submerged.

For those asking: You can buy packs of sponges on amazon, and reuse the plastic baskets. I've read (havent tried it yet) that you can reuse the sponges if you trim off the roots and let it dry out for quite a while.

Also for those asking: There are far better ways that won't leave your place stinking and get you better yields to grow "dank" lettuce, look up space buckets.
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LarryT778370 wrote: anyone spotted this in GTA?
5 left at Warden Costco
Boxes all look opened though
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LNahid2000 wrote: I have two of these...one for herbs and one for salad. The speed at which food grows in an aerogarden makes it worth it for me. It gives me enough romaine to have a salad everyday, and this is especially worth it in the winter when romaine can be $4 each (or during the various contamination incidents where you couldn't even buy romaine). And I have more basil than I know what to do with.

I got like 70 empty pods for like $15 and I just stick seeds in them, so it's dirt cheap compared to buying their kits as well. Also, the slim version looks great on my kitchen counter and barely takes up any space.
Same here re: more basil than knowing what to do.

Can you grow herbs and lettuce in the same 6-pod garden? I don’t know what to do with dill and thyme and may swap them for real vegetables.
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LNahid2000 wrote: The USA. Not really an option anymore.

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Damn it doesn't appear to be available anymore. Otherwise I'd buy it now and keep it at my PO box for a few months until the borders reopen.

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