Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 3SL with Gourmet Herb 3-Pod Seed Kit, Black


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  • C. Fugate says:
    42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Sucks, build your own 5x the size for half the money., January 22, 2015
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    C. Fugate (Tennessee, USA) –
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    I won’t say I hate this product, but I found it to be a complete waste of money.

    1) Too many proprietary components.
    One of the most important pieces is the light, which you need to replace every 6 months or so (due to CFLs getting dimmer with age). No off the shelf light will do, as the shape and the socket are proprietary to this device, meaning you have to buy more (at over $20 for a 2 pack). Thats insane when you can get equally good results from an adjustable desk lamp and a regular 100w equivalent daylight spectrum CFL from just a few aisles over for a dollar.

    2) Its noisy.
    The aerator pump in this thing is very loud. As in when it comes on, you can hear it from several rooms away.

    3) Its weak.
    The entire aeration system on this thing is one small bubbler near the front of the device, by the little view window. Just looking at it, it looks less like an actual aerator and more like there’s a slow leak in the bottom that is bubbling up.

    4) Its cold.
    There’s no heating element in this. Thats fine if you’re going to try to grow cold friendly plants in it, like lettuce, but if you want to grow peppers, forget it. I had my own pepper seeds in it for a MONTH, never germinated. Built my own, had germination in under 2 weeks.

    5) You can build your own for half the price, using only things from Walmart.
    Get a cake carrier from housewares for $5. Get an aquarium air pump and an airstone from the pet department for $10 and $5. Get some aquarium tubing for $5. Put the airstone in the cake carrier, fill with water, cut holes in the lid, and buy some cheap net cups off the internet $5 for a whole bag. Set it under a desk lamp. Congratulations, you now have exactly the same device, except that it easily gives you 12-16 slots instead of 3, with better aerated water. And even better, the fish take air pump is whisper quiet and extremely bubbly, instead of like this thing which is more like an anemic whooping cough patient. Seriously, it will take you maybe 20 minutes to put it all together, just hit youtube and you’ll find all the instructional videos you need.

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  • iiiireader says:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice small footprint with capability to grow three plants, February 22, 2015
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    iiiireader (USA) –
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    This review is from: Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 3SL with Gourmet Herb 3-Pod Seed Kit, Black (Lawn & Patio)
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    This is a review of the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 3SL with Gourmet Herb 3-Pod Seed Kit in black with some comparisons to another Aerogarden unit.

    I recently purchased an Aerogarden Extra LED 7 pod unit and I was given an opportunity to test and try the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 3SL with Gourmet Herb 3-Pod Seed Kit in black. I decided to start them both at the same time to do a side-by-side comparison of the two units and the two types of lighting. As the Extra LED is considerably more expensive and LED lighting is supposed to be superior, my expectation is that it will work considerably better than the 3SL.

    I have just started the 3 herbs that came with the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 3SL and the 7 herbs which came with the AeroGarden Extra LED and will update this review as they grow. Both units included the same herbs: Genovese Basil, Curly Parsley, and Dill so I should be able to get an accurate assessment of how the units work with the same plants.

    Size is a major difference in the two units. The 3SL has a very small footprint. It reminds me of an OTT craft light with a pump water system sitting on it. The unit can extend up to 10 inches high which is a concern for me as some plants, such as the Genovese basil, can grow considerably taller than 10 inches – at least outside in my garden that is the case but perhaps in hydroponics they are shorter – we will see. In comparison, the Extra LED unit is a nice size and easily holds the 7 pods. Its footprint is about the same as 3 of the 3SL. It can extend 24 inches to accommodate growing plants though only some of the plants will come close to that height. It also has a trellis system that can be attached for things like tomatoes and peppers.

    Putting the 3SL together was extremely simple. Simply pull the unit out, plug in the light bulb in, set the water/pump container on top of the stand, fill with water and nutrients then add the seed pods with covers and plug it in. The light and the pump came on immediately and will supposedly work with their own self timer for 16 hours on and 8 hours off each day at the same time. Putting together the Extra LED was a little more involved but still top only about 10 minutes.

    As suggested in the paperwork, I chose to use distilled water as our tap water is fairly hard and additionally because there are a number of reviews that suggest that the pump system is a little tricky – which sounds like it may have something to do with mineral deposits. There is an opening that I used to add the water and nutrients. I added the nutrients suggested for the unit. There is a window on the front right side of the 3SL which will allow me to monitor the water level so I will know when to add more. According to the instructions, the seeds should germinate within 1 to 3 weeks depending on the herb. I will update once that happens.

    I placed both units in an area that gets very little direct light as the AeroGarden is supposed to provide all the light necessary to grow the herbs.

    I grow a lot of herbs in pots in my outside garden. My hope is that I will be able to grow some herbs that are impossible to grow in my climate (dill) and grow cilantro in summer and basil through winter when they would not survive our outside Texas climate. I will update my review as things begin to happen (good and bad.) I am giving the unit a five to start with because of the ease of setting the whole thing up and the promise of what will grow. Whether it stays at a five or goes down depends on how it actually works.

    UPDATED 3/1/15: My 3SL is still working fine. The lights come on and go off at the right time and the pump is working (though admittedly it is much louder than the more expensive unit.) In the side-by-side comparison, the Genovese basil and the dill have both sent up sprouts. Neither of the curly parsley have germinated as yet. At this point, with the same herbs, they are both working the same. The larger unit has other herbs that have germinated but I can’t compared them as the 3SL only has the three herbs. The dill in both units has grown tall enough that I had to take the caps off the grow pods.

    UPDATED 3/6/15: As of today, all three herbs have sprouted in the 3SL. They sprouted at exactly the same day as the same herbs sprouted in the more expensive 7 pod LED Aerogarden I planted on the same day. The light and pump are still working and come on and go off at the right time. I plan to continue to use distilled water as I have read other reviews and note that pumps are failing for quite a few other reviewers. As the seeds germinated at the same time, I will update this review once the plants have grown and/or if the unit starts having problems. So far for me, so good. I don’t know if the distilled water has anything to do with it but I figure it can’t hurt as our water is very hard.

    UPDATED 3/22/15: As of today, I…

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  • JRS9000 "JRS9000" says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great for beginners in hydroponics, January 10, 2015
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    JRS9000 “JRS9000” (Florida) –

    I bought my AeroGarden 3SL in black on 01/06 for $49.97 plus tax at a local Walmart. Although it comes with a gourmet herb 3-pod seed kit, I also purchased separately the cherry tomato kit whose seed pods have already started to sprout. Assembly of the unit was very easy as the instructions are very clear. AeroGarden’s website has a wealth of information about various models, seed pod kits, tips and tricks. Highly recommended.

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