Monday, March 31, 2014

Birthday Gift & Rain

Maybe I'm wrong in my thinking but 27 is too old for my mother to be buying me a birthday gift. I know, I know, it's my mom and let her do what she likes for my birthday... but I can't help but feel that 27 years of life plus all of the love, guidance and support that has gone with it is more than just a gift. It's a true blessing.

Mom, sister Kathy and baby me

My mother, Lisa, is the solid foundation of our home and family. Country girl through and through, she was raised (and raised us) with the mentality that there is no problem on Earth that can't be tackled with love, perseverance and hard work. Her selflessness is astounding. As incredibly strong and tough as my mother is, she is equally loving and compassionate. 

Birthdays and holidays have always been a big deal to her. She came from a very big family, one of seven children. By necessity, anytime she or her siblings received gifts they were given clothes, shoes, socks and underwear. For as long as I can remember, my mom has always striven to give us a) something we needed, like her parents did and b) something we would like. 

Mom said she was at a loss of what to get me until she saw this neat little gizmo:

The MiracleGro AeroGarden. I had never heard of it before and wasn't quite sure what it was. But as I sat down and read the instruction booklet that came with it, I was intrigued. It's entirely soil-less, using sponges to soak up nutrient-laden water.  

Seed pod

Supposedly, you can grow almost anything with this little machine. The instruction booklet even claims you can grow a watermelon with it but does state that it would need to be transplanted to the garden at a later date. I wonder how well something that's grown out of the soil and is rooted in a a sponge will grow in the garden?... Sounds like an experiment waiting to happen. 

Day 2

The salad greens pictured above were started two days prior. I was surprised by how fast it germinated. It has an air pump that kicks on once every twelve hours to fountain the water onto the seed pods. The lights are all automatic so it's essentially self-sufficient. Just add water water and nutrients once a week. Hmmm.

Day 3

I think I will be experimenting with the AeroGarden quite a bit. Once I use the seed pods that came with it, I'll try using a cut sponge and using my own seeds. It may be useful for faster germination of things that are typically slow to germinate. I'll definitely have some fun with this thing.