Kim told me this morning, shaking her head and angry as hell, as I was working, about this new hydroponic indoor garden device that has just come onto the market here in Australia. It is called the AeroGarden, and it is basically an indoor vegetable garden designed to grow things like cherry tomatoes, chillies, assorted herbs and some flowers. And get this, it costs $249.95 + $29.95 p&h. Add on another $30 for a silver coloured one!
So why is this crazy product? Well for one, you have to plug it in to electricity to make it work, secondly the seed pods that are not reusable and made from plastic, cost $30 each! Thirty dollars for a packet of seeds, what planet are they on? The most I have ever paid for seeds was about $4 and they were heirloom seeds! And get this, you must use special “organic” nutrient tablets. What is wrong with compost and seasol for goodness sakes. This product smells like “green washing” in a big way as far as I am concerned.
Sure, it may have its uses for an apartment dweller, but most apartments have balconies that you can grow veges in pots quite successfully. And the cost of the entire kit just blows my mind. My entire vegetable garden setup, which is now approx 15 sqm in area cost me less than $200 for the materials, soil, and seeds and now that I save seeds each season, it just gets cheaper and cheaper and aparently (not trying to sound to sarcastic), the Sun provides the light to grow the food as nature intended. Not only can I grow about 50% of the food for my family each year, I get far more variety and I don’t use electricity to grow the food. Sure the kit comes with CFL bulbs and the site states that it uses less energy than a 60 watt light bulb. So in typical marketing speak, that means that it is probably rated at 59 watts. For how long is it powered on I ask? If this product is left on 24/7, which I assume it is, that equals 525.6 kilowatt hours of power each year to grow a single crop. That is just plain ridiculous!
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against hydroponics when it is the only solution available, but this product is just plainly over priced, and a marketing ploy to get the masses to consume more useless junk. I do not, in any way, shape or form endorse this product!
Try nature, water, soil, and sunshine. It works for me and many millions of others.